Motion is (almost) everything – The Tim Show – S01E04

I heard this joke about paper… it was tearable!

I’m Tim, a product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model. I’ve been selected to participate in a 1 to 2 year leadership development program in the APAC region. A year passes both quickly and slowly; this show is a way to both share what I’m learning and see how far I’ve come.

This episode explores how easy it is to lose momentum, and what you can do to get it back again.

I’ll be right back

I just returned from some travel that combined personal (master of ceremonies at a family wedding) and business (meeting my team for the first time). The two weeks I spent on my personal life and core job responsibilities were two weeks I didn’t spend on my team project, and brought us 2 weeks closer to the end of the program.

We were told when we started this leadership development program that one of the ways our project would challenge us would be balancing it against of the rest of our commitments. Beyond that we still need help validating and testing our idea with customers, which means finding ways to get in front of them at the right time.

That looks heavy…

Probably the hardest part for me wasn’t the lost time, but rather picking up stuff I’d left dormant; doing stuff that you’re already doing is way easier than doing something that you’re not. Additionally many of the people we need to reach are in a particularly intense time period, with a lot of higher priorities and competition for their attention.

To address both those things at once, I started with motion.

I booked meetings with some of the people on my list, far enough away that I had time to prepare, but close enough to feel the pressure to do so. I started making small edits to some of our materials, knowing that those small edits would force me to take a step back and look at them more holistically to see what was missing. All of the sudden, I’m back doing things on the project, which makes it easy again to keep the project moving forward.

A challenge I’d set for future Tim when he finds himself facing stalled efforts is to pick one small thing and do it, and follow the momentum.

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