Today, you (hopefully) return to work after a relaxing weekend. You've had to time to sit back and do a little bit of brainstorming on your next major project. You say good morning to your coworkers (or family if you work from home), sit down at your desk, fire up your computer and open your email inbox.
You don't remember the last time you had seen so many red-flagged messages. "Emergency" after "emergency," you type your fingers to the bone with an unrelenting ferocity as you send requests for further information, email questions to people involved in the projects in jeopardy and set out researching and problem-solving the issues on your own. In between tasks, you attend meetings, some beneficial and some not so necessary. You continue until the 4 o’clock hour and breathe a sigh of relief when the last concern is resolved. You then realize you never started on the project that, until 8:30 a.m. that morning, was considered the most important on your checklist. As much as our minds want to jump to solving the most urgent of problems, your productivity will suffer because you aren’t given full concentration to the projects and ideas that matter to you and your professional development.
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