A computer and post-it notes on a desk

How to: Be a Better Manager

When I first became a manager, I spent all my time feeling like I didn’t know what I was doing, wasn’t qualified to make high-level decisions, and basically shouldn’t “order around” the people who only a month or two ago had been peers. When seeking reassurance from my own superiors and mentors, the general feedback …

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How I take notes in meetings

I’ve always been a fairly diligent note taker in meetings. Taking notes helps me track the conversation and any resulting action items, retain information, and act as a journal for my day—a way to easily look back at past meetings and discussions in order to jog my memory or pull out a specific piece of …

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Evolution of Witful's Design

How we built an app to fix our own meeting fatigue

We’re not building a generic notes app. We’re also not building an app for everyone. We are building a product that reduces the cognitive load for people with lots of meetings. Something that enables people with lots of context switching to ensure they don’t miss follow-ups. Something that makes relevant information immediately accessible. We care …

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We suck at meetings

I’ve worked as a software engineer, manager, consultant, and business owner. All of these jobs have involved meetings. What those meetings look like has varied greatly. As an engineer, meetings typically entailed technical conversations with peers, one-on-ones with managers, and planning meetings or demos with stakeholders. As a manager, these looked more like quarterly goal-setting …

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