Mercari, Inc. is a Japanese e-commerce company founded in 2013, with offices in the United States. The Mercari app has been downloaded over 100 million times worldwide and the company is the first in Japan to reach unicorn status.
I'm trying to figure out how to have a better disconnect between work and outside of work. Sometimes I'll get carried away on a task and I'll work pretty late on it, which negatively affects my sleep schedule. It’s all been kind of blurred, I can’t even remember when I stopped working sometimes. I'm also working with people in different time zones, so I'll work later than the traditional 9 to 5.
Overall, it's not too bad though. I'm mostly not working weekends, and this is mainly a thing on me: I don't have external pressure/crazy deadlines to overwork.
I’m okay at planning out short-term projects, but I have trouble with longer time horizons. As a new engineer here at Mercari, I'm currently working on a 90 day plan and I've been thinking about how to estimate projects. I want to figure out timelines in particular, so I can properly manage expectations. A lot of the time, I’m over-optimistic about what I can achieve, so I want to build a better muscle there.
For reference, I consider <1 month to be short-term and 2+ months to be long-term.
I'm a new engineer at Mercari, and I want to make a big impact. So in terms of OKRs and the overall team roadmap, how do you think about how you can integrate that into your work as an engineer? More specifically, I want to influence the team's product direction instead of only doing the work that I'm given. Do you just need to have a good product sense in order to work in this style?