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As a cloud architect, my position and responsibilities sometimes be ambiguous, so I need to gather research and information to assist in determining our strategy. Then I break this strategy up into quarterly, weekly, and daily planning/goals.

One thing I’ve liked as part of our daily standups is that they have been automated using a chatbot. As a person who is in the software industry and also loves Cal Newport’s content, I try to do these standups first thing in the morning whilst also time-block-planning for the day. That way, the standup report and planning align, and I know what I’m doing when (and where).

If something unexpected pops up during the day, which it often does, I try to modify my calendar to show what I am (or was) working on. This makes it easy to follow up on for the next day’s report, or look back for good historical insights.