Some of the most destructive interruptions of your work are not lingering outside your door or in your in-basket or on the telephone. They may be in your briefcase or on your desk. These interruptions are devious because they are shape-shifters. They can disguise themselves as work, real work.
To be more specific, these interruptions are the numerous minor and peripheral projects that you have willingly and perhaps enthusiastically embraced and yet they have little to do with your personal effectiveness or the mission of your organization.
Identify them and slowly back away.
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