To refocus on being available and being able to do deep work as a leader of an org I’m employing a bunch of the things listed.

  • A clear calendar without superfluous meetings or vacuous rituals for me and my team
  • Invest time to connect and work on the topics that are truly important
  • Pull tasks for the day from Things to a piece of paper
  • Prepare and minute meetings in an auto-filled daily note in my note taking system
  • Block out most e-mail and slack
  • Cancel meetings or counter them to 15 minutes (or just walk up to my desk)
  • Set the standards and then delegate things which others should be better at than me anyway
  • Proactively cancel tasks that are not seeing progress

There’s no point for me to be busy. Work will find me anyway. I better be available for the important stuff.

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