When we have one project to do, we get on with it.
When we have many projects to do, we often lose time.
Where do these “lost minutes” go?
- Rapid, empty task switching: Check calendar, check email, check to-do list, check email, do a bit of work, back to the to-do list, back to the calendar…
- Shallow milestones: Shaving a little off every project may get a lot of things ‘done’, but nothing truly gets ‘done’.
Lost minutes can become lost hours, or even lost days.
We find them by confidently going deep, rather than timidly going wide.