As I write this, I have more than 345 emails in my inbox. That sounds like a failure, doesn’t it? I don’t even see when new emails come in because I don’t have any little dings, windows, boxes or alarms that alert me to the next thing that needs my attention. Blasphemy, right?! Not so much. At least, not for me. I’m not a stock broker and I’m not a PR crisis manager. Because 98% of emails don’t need my attention right then and there, they can wait a day, or even a few days. You know what does need my attention? The big priorities. The big rocks. The big goals. The things that move my business or personal life ahead in a meaningful way.
While I worked on the rough draft of this post, I spent the day finalizing my slides for 2×4, working on a new corporate legal structure, and reviewing Creative Live for our live all-day taping next month. My pre and post work hours were family time and studying for my Nutritional Therapy Degree (a 9 month program through South Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Washington). While I did that, I put everything aside (including those pesky emails) to focus on the only thing that mattered: the project in front of me.