Christian Genco at MicroConf this year described a mental model he uses to compartmentalize when he is in different modes of thought. He called it The 3 Hats where he divides his time between: CEO, Manager, and Worker. This is my interpretation of his system.
Primary question: What is our purpose/vision?
Primary focus: Intention
- Blogging, emailing, writing
- Networking, outreach
- Vision and direction
- Long term strategy
Primary question: What do we do now to get to that vision?
Primary focus: Planning
- Define what needs to be done
- Turns vision into action plan
- Long and short term thinking
Primary question: How do I get it done right now?
Primary focus: Action
- Get stuff done
- Just go down the task list
- ACT! DO!
- Hyper focused on the here and now
A great takeaway from this was that if you’re able to effectively split these roles, you’ve structured a workflow in which you can outsource each part when needed. That is, if you’ve built a system where the Worker is structurally independent, you can theoretically hire a virtual assistant to do that work with a little guidance.