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2021 Retrospective

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TL;DR 2021 in a nutshell This year I managed to progress in pretty much all the areas of my life that I care about. Of course, there is always room for improvement—I fell short of many goals after all. But so many fantastic, unexpected things happened that it’s difficult to see this year as anything but positive. Career & Finance …

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2021 Goals

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Just like my 2020 review, I’m publishing these goals waaay later than when I actually created them for myself and put them into effect. They are directionally the same as the ones I had last year so I’ll be skipping most of the explanations around why I’ve chosen these goals. I’ve added a couple of Key Results, especially around habit …

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2020 Retrospective

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I’m writing this retrospective retrospectively, since it’s now November 2021. Time flies when you’re in a global pandemic. Good thing I’m addicted to Notion and kept track of everything. This post is going to be a bit shorter than usual since it’s not that actionable anymore but I wanted to document the outcomes of my year for posterity (and to …

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6 ways I use Blinkist to support my reading

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What is Blinkist Blinkist is a service that provides summaries of non-fiction books. It’s got a slick app, allowing you to consume summaries (called “blinks”) in either text or audio format. When I first started using Blinkist, I was enamored with the idea that it would revolutionize the way I learn by allowing me to consume books in minutes instead …

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Covid-19 Chronicles

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When I first started reading about Covid-19 and coronavirus in China towards the end of 2019, I wasn’t worried. I certainly never thought that my life would be affected by it. Never say never though. A couple of months later, I found myself lying in a hospital bed in Spain with a raging fever and breathing through an oxygen mask. …

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2020 Goals

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New year, new decade, new plans. This year is pretty ambitious, let’s take a look! ⚠️ I usually write about my approach to goal setting and tracking in addition to my actual goals. This time, I’ve decided to keep this post simple so I’m just writing about my actual goals. My approach to setting and actually achieving them is constantly …

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2019 Retrospective

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This is it, the last retrospective of the decade. I set two ambitious goals to kick off the 20s and planned on using 2019 to prepare myself. Let’s take a look at what I managed to accomplish. Objectives Overview Objective 1: Work at a top product company in 2020 Key Results Make a list of top product companies ✔️ Publish …

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2019 Personal OKRs

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Last year I made an effort to introduce more structure into my goal setting approach. This structured approach helped me to pick more meaningful goals and made it easier to track my progress, resulting in another successful year of personal growth.  Based on this positive experience, I wanted to make the product planning at work more structured as well. My …

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2018 Retrospective

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At the beginning of 2018, I took a look back at 2017 to reflect on what I had accomplished and where I still had room for improvement. As it turned out, 2017 was a pretty good year. In an attempt to improve on the successes of 2017, I took an even more structured approach to goal setting in 2018. Now …

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Learnings From MTP London 2018

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I recently had the pleasure of once again attending a Mind The Product conference. For the uninitiated, Mind The Product is a product management community which, among other things, hosts the largest product focused conference in the world. I’ve previously attended MTP Engage in Hamburg, but with roughly 1700 attendees, MTP London is definitely on another level of scale. Apart …