Contrary to the general perception, Product Managers are not always writing specs or measuring metrics.
Like any other role, a huge chunk of work goes into overheads & housekeeping tasks.
Ex: fixing copy, updating a spreadsheet, pacifying a customer, preparing a report & ad-hoc troubleshooting.
So, along with roadmap prioritization, PMs need to pick & choose their battles with their personal checklist too.
1. I maintain a personal Asana board on my secondary monitor which lists all my tasks for the day.
2. I update statuses & shuffle cards on an hourly basis.
3. My first reaction to any task: Can I delegate it (or parts of it)? If yes, I get that ball rolling.
4. Then, I find quick trivial tasks that I can get through in 10 minute bursts. This builds momentum.
5. Finally, I tackle complex items requiring brain power. Of course, I need to ensure I have enough time left for these. It's a juggling act.
The trick to all of this?
Knowing how much effort is justified for a given task.
Do you need to prepare a lengthy doc with screenshots or will an email suffice?
Does the task warrant a report or a quick call?
Do it now or postpone it?
Understanding "good enough" is crucial for delivering max impact as a PM.