Many important things that distract us from our meaningful work aren’t all that important.
For example, I love my inbox, but only when it’s in a box:
- Put inbox in box: If you spend a while in email every day–an hour or more–what boundaries and rituals could reduce the non-essential time? Could you automate, delegate, batch, or systemize away the things that prevent you from your important work?
- Make to-do today: It’s not just the inbox this applies to. Many areas of our days benefit from being put into boxes (they just don’t sound as good as a post title!) We simply need to make it happen. Today.
The more we tame our distractions (and put them in controllable boxes) the more time we get to do the deeper work that leverages our genius.