- Christine Trodella is Director of B2B Commercial Sales for Reality Labs at Meta, formerly Facebook.
- She starts the work day earlier to catch up on messages from customers in different time zones.
- This is how she plans her morning routine, as writer Robin Madell once said.
This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Christine Trodellethe Director of B2B Commercial Sales for Reality Labs at Meta (formerly Facebook). It has been edited for length and clarity.
My work day varies depending on my meeting schedule, but I usually get up between 6 and 7 a.m. I like to start early so I have a head start the night before the rest of my family wakes up.
If I work from home, I put the morning news in the background while I prepare for the day. If I’m in my car on my way to work, I listen to The New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast.
My team is scattered all over the world and I speak with customers all over the world
As the B2B Commercial Sales Manager for Reality Labs at Meta, I manage teams that work with international customers who use our products. Reality Labs encompasses Meta’s team of researchers, developers, and engineers who work on virtual and augmented reality products, including our Workplace, Quest, and Portal products.
Communicating during our customers’ working hours when we can is crucial as it helps us to be more efficient, serve them in a timely manner and maintain strong relationships.
After seeing what happened in other time zones while I slept, I have a better idea of what to prioritize this morning.
Depending on what I focus on, my day starts with making contact with any number of my colleagues, bosses, reports or clients. I scan my Workplace chats, WhatsApp messages, and emails and spend 15-30 minutes responding to messages and editing my to-do list or calendar as needed.
I respond to a lot of chats and emails fairly quickly at the start of my day, but I also appreciate good communication with my team and make it a point to schedule dedicated one-on-one and group meetings.
The pandemic prompted me to take more breaks throughout the day
If I have a busy schedule or a morning full of back-to-back meetings, I like to break up the day with walks. I often turn off my camera and walk around during one-on-one meetings because it allows me to fully focus on what the other person is saying without any distractions on my phone or computer.
I encourage everyone on my team to do the same – besides the benefits of fresh air and exercise, getting outside can make a huge difference in unleashing creativity.
Talking walks also help me organize my thoughts. If I have a speech or presentation coming up, on my walks I will think of the key points and practice in my head.
I keep my to-do list written on a notepad on my desk
There’s nothing more satisfying than physically crossing a task off that list.
In addition to my pen and paper to-do list, I use Outlook on my laptop and phone to keep track of meetings and some tasks. When I’m at my desk, having a second screen with my Portal device lets me jump into meetings without having to click in and out of tabs.
I am currently taking advantage of the flexibility of working from home
But as things start to open up again, I plan to spend a few days a week in the office. I am a sociable person, so in addition to the change of scenery, I know that it will be invigorating for me to physically reunite with my colleagues after more than two years of separation. It’s the best of both worlds.