Balancing the Grind With Naama Noy, Project Manager, Business Strategy at Fiverr

Naama Noy is the Project Manager, Business Strategy at freelance services marketplace, Fiverr, where she currently leads the company’s e-learning platform Fiverr Learn.

This conversation is sponsored by graphic design platform Canva. Empowering millions of people around the world to design.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I’m currently leading Fiverr Learn, Fiverr’s e-learning platform, featuring on-demand courses for Fiverr’s millions of users such as businesses and freelancers.

I graduated with a degree in economics & business management and entered the hi-tech industry in my second year of studies.

I worked in different roles and different industries in the past couple of years. I began working at a startup company until my last year of studies and started working at a marketing company until I joined Fiverr.

Thankfully, throughout my work experience in both small and large global companies, I wore at least two different hats in the same place before opening a new chapter in my career.

2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

I usually go surfing in the early mornings as I live near the beach, or to yoga classes in my neighborhood, when there aren’t waves. Mostly, my mornings start with listening to music or to an episode of the “How I Built This” podcast while I’m riding my scooter to work. When I get to the office, I prepare an Avo-toast, coffee and start my day.

My work varies from day to day. Launching a course is a complex project. I manage the entire process (from A to Z) until the online course is live on the site. I’m providing instructors full instructional design support, manage course productions and operational processes. In addition, I help build marketing plans to promote each course internally (to the entire Fiverr community) as well as externally (in all media channels, PR, etc.).

As part of Fiverr’s business strategy team, I’m working closely with Fiverr’s amazing marketing & branding teams, BI analysts, designers, developers, product managers, legal & finance teams and many more. These teams help me execute these projects from start to finish and I’m grateful to be surrounded by creative minds and people that are passionate about what they do.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

I work from the office, which is what my routine is structured around. However, I’m thankful that we’re able to continue with our work and projects without being bound to a physical location.

Fiverr was one of the first to make the switch to remote working, just before the COVID-19 lockdown. building on pre-existing infrastructures such as office chat groups on Slack, remote access to critical tools, and the fact that much knowledge work can be carried out remotely.

I’m sure that many companies will embrace remote working with flexible policies becoming standard after the Coronavirus crisis.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance can seem like it’s impossible to achieve these days, as technology makes us accessible around the clock.

I personally am happy working extra hours, taking calls while I’m out-of-office and traveling for work, as long as I’m able to create a healthy and stable environment surrounding me. Doing the things I love the most, with my loved ones, is what makes me keep going.

5) What do you think are some of the best habits or routines that you’ve developed over the years to help you achieve success in your life?

By default, we tend to be results-focused, goal-pursuing because results are easier to measure and evaluate than processes. We know that our managers and others, judge us based on results so we tend to care and focus mostly on that. However, enjoying the process isn’t less important in my opinion.

You have partial control over whether you reach a specific external goal. If your happiness is predicated on your success, and if your success is predicated on a specific outcome only, you are setting yourself up for a high likelihood of frustration and disappointment.

Moreover, you’ll achieve mastery of a new skill more quickly if you can learn to detect the noise of external factors and reinforce the correct processes whether or not they happened to lead to the desired outcome in that instance.

It’s important to desire a certain outcome, but don’t make your happiness depend just on that. Instead, derive happiness from knowing that you gave every attempt, your best effort.

6) Are there any books that have helped you improve over the years?

  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

7) What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?

Drinking at least one glass of wine at the end of the day.

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Gizem Kuru.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Following my previous answer, I’d like you to share with the readers, which by the way I thank for reading up to this point, Gizem Kuru’s quote that will help them empower their thoughts and develop a positive mental attitude.

Here it goes:

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