“Every family dinner is like I’m testing out my own products.”
our objective is that you’ll press the
button on an Instant Pot, and dinner is
cooked. But for us, it’s a lot of work.
How do we make sure that the press of the
button creates the results that the con-
In the morning, I reserve time for collaborative meetings, whether it’s with the
executives or the product management
team. The morning hours are not always
enough. Sometimes I have to skip lunch.
My afternoon is more focused on individual projects. I have about a dozen in development, even though you just see a small
portion that we launch in the market. Then
I work with the product and test it. Most of
the tests don’t require food, because you
just need to measure temperatures and
Then I go home to spend time with the
family, doing a little bit of cooking myself.
Every family dinner is like I’m testing out
my own products. Later, since we also have
a team in China, we have night calls from
10 p.m. to after midnight quite a few times
during the week.
My educational background is in computer science. One thing we learned is
when you multitask, you spend a lot
of time doing the overhead of “context
switching”—you need to get yourself into
the groove of thinking a certain way. That’s
mental overhead. I realized that I could
lump similar things, similar thinkings,
into a similar period of time, in the morning and afternoon. And through the years,
it became a habit. —As told to Mark Wilson
time he gets up
“Sometimes I have
lunch, sometimes i
don’t. I always have
snacks in my drawer,
so i’m prepared.”
last thing he does
“i find an opportunity
for some exercise.
i play hockey and
badminton two to
three times a week.
before bed, I do
whatever to calm
myself down. nothing too exciting.
I’ve had an exciting
time he goes
“a lot of times it’s
yi qin vp of product management, instant brands
– Peter Bregman Leadership Guru, and Host of Ford Transit Connect and FastCo Works new productivity video series, “The Specialists.”
Your plan for the day is only useful if you stick to it. And in an age of distractions,
that’s hard to do. So set your watch to beep once an hour and each time it goes off,
ask yourself: “Am I doing what I most need to do?”;;