Sometimes I like to keep myself busy with small things. This false sense of effectiveness can be dangerous.
Check the task lists, check the bank balance, look ahead 2 weeks, organize notes, check calendar, reply to Facebook messages from weeks ago, browse the news.
In some of these situations, main tasks have been done. But the silent tasks. You know those things you’ve thought about, and know you should be doing, but maybe they’re not written down:
– Researching leads
– Making business calls
– Perhaps working on the company blog or website
It’s these things that you don’t have to do immediately, no one will follow you up. However slowly it builds up and then cascades later. When I catch myself doing small tasks, I know I’m probably delaying the inevitable and ask myself:
“What should I be doing?”
Ask yourself the same question =)