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Sometimes finding the right solution to a problem means taking a step back and looking at the larger picture first. This week's newsletter has a lot of quotes about focusing on who you're solving problems for, being thoughtful in planning, and creating a good strategy, which lines up nicely with my week! Given that I was scheduled for jury duty this week, it gave me an opportunity to clear my schedule of meetings and use that time for planning and strategy-building instead.

We've been talking about how to make DevRel more sustainable as an industry, but I'm also digging into how to make 2019 a sustainable year for myself. From my business to my personal life, I'm turning over each element and inspecting it, making sure it's where I want it to be and then resetting it, building a fortress of sustainability around myself before I invite everyone else back in. It's been a refreshing and invigorating time and has resulted in more ideas and inspiration than I've had in a long while! But I've needed to be very intentional about how I use this time. It's far too easy to just relax and not use the time wisely, or focus on other items that aren't actually a priority.

I know I've felt this at previous jobs as well. I could set aside the time to plan out what I'll be doing for the next 6 months, or I could just keep forging ahead with my to-do list. The piece that we so often miss is that setting aside a week, a day, or even just a few hours, can mean the difference between solving generic problems and focusing on specific problems that can define the future of your DevRel program.

If you haven't done it recently, I highly encourage you to take the time to walk through your current strategy with purpose. If not this week, perhaps the next. Need someone to walk through it with you? Don't hesitate to reach out. I'm always happy to help!

In the meantime, enjoy this week's newsletter, and happy almost Friday!

-Mary (@mary_grace)

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