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Christi Olson - EmMeCon Seattle 2013


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Christi Olson - EmMeCon Seattle 2013

  1. 1. Running Your Life:Maintaining work life balance whilemaintaining a career in TechChristi J OlsonSr. Marketing Manager, ExpediaUltra Marathon Runner
  2. 2. @christijolson
  3. 3. In today’s connected world can you have itall? Work. Life. Balancing somewhere inbetween? @christijolson
  4. 4. The Balancing Act@christijolson
  5. 5. How much does it weigh?@christijolson
  6. 6. Chart your course. Define your path.@christijolson“A journey of a thousandmiles begins with a singlestep.” ― Lao Tzu
  7. 7. Set 2-3 Personal & Professional Goals@christijolsonPersonal Goals• Become a Mother• Run 50 miles• 50 Races by 50Professional Goals• Work at Microsoft• Find something I’mpassionate about and do it!• Director by 40• Give back thru volunteering
  8. 8. Take small steps and break them apart…This collection of small goals, all completed in the direction of one greatbig goal, helps you to create an incredibly powerful snowball effect.Taking action is better than taking no action.
  9. 9. Focus on what’s important. If you don’t know, ASK!Go from tactical to finding ways improve/enhance/create processes.Ask for opportunities. Ask for help.@christijolsonIndividual Contributors aka Employees
  10. 10. Have regular 1:1’s and you set the agendaStatus UpdateRoad Blocks (if any)Performance & Career Focus
  11. 11. Listen.What is important to your employees?Are you giving them opportunities to succeed (and fail?)Remove roadblocks that stand in the way of your employees beingsuccessful.@christijolsonManagers
  12. 12. Proactively.How to deal with someone you’ve made angry:
  13. 13. @christijolsonRescueTime.comTrackTime.comHow are you spending your time?
  14. 14. @christijolsonSelfControl:, AntiSocial, FreedomTechnology to keep you focused:
  15. 15. Own your calendar. Be disciplined.@christijolsonBlock time for getting projects done.15-30 minute meetingsKnow when to say “Yes” vs “No”Create time for what’s important to you.
  16. 16. Or just get a Windows Phone and sync all your email & calendars directly on your phone…
  17. 17. Prioritize what’s important to you, put it onyour calendar.
  18. 18. • Set-up Rules & Folders• It’s okay to archive and delete• Declutter your inbox: Sanebox, Boomerang,GmailMeter
  19. 19. Auto Responders?@christijolson
  20. 20. Technology can help guide you, but onlyyou can run your life. @christijolsonGoing back to the original question…
  21. 21. “You pile up enough tomorrows, and you’ll findyou are left with nothing but a lot of emptyyesterdays.”— The Music Man@christijolson