I’ve got a post in the queue that I’ve been struggling with, as it turns out to be a more complex project than I originally thought – I’ve had a few people ask why I started writing this blog, and it seemed like a fine time to tackle that. But it’s taking more time to put that into words than I originally estimated, and I don’t want to leave you without something to read for too long! (I know I get impatient with my favorite blogs, sometimes. Hopefully I’m making it into your list of favorites! #purelyselfish)

Anyhow, I read this StackOverflow blog post today, and I really enjoyed some of the tips. Not only do they point out how important 1:1s are (more important than you may think!), but they also provide some advice on how to best utilize that time. They share ‘default topics’ you can return to whenever you need inspiration, from Current Projects, to Feedback, Professional Development, and Future Opportunities.

They also point out that you should thank the other person for their time and this 1:1. They imply that the employee should thank the manager, but I believe that the manager should thank the employee as well – we wouldn’t have jobs without the other person in that relationship! And being grateful has positive effects on your mood, no matter who you are. (If you’d like more tips on developing your sense of gratitude, check out Grateful.)

Thanks for joining me today!