How To Manage Your Startup Workload

…and still make it to dinner

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Put Family First

Family first is a conundrum.

Focus On Impact, Not Hours

Focusing on impact changed my career.

Schedule Enrichment

Warren Buffet is famous for reading in the middle of each day. He also gets a regular eight hours of sleep each night.

Negotiate Your Workload

Businesses focus on outcomes.

  • Build credibility through your work. Because you deliver, they will listen to you. Use your excellent track record to negotiate away unreasonable requests.
  • Suggest things. I didn’t coin the term, but don’t be a victim accomplisher. If the process is killing you, come up with a plan and share it using human conversations. Be willing to help institute change.
  • Get involved in strategy. It’s easy to assume that management can see the same things that you see. If you understand the why, you can help with the how. Businesses want outcomes. Simple conversations help a lot.


The fact of the matter is that you have a voice. Software engineering is one of the most sought after professions in the world. It takes perseverance, talent, and patience.

Founder of COFEBE, Inc. We build tools that make engineer’s jobs easier.

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