At any point in time, we are either solving a problem, or trying to learn new skills, or trying to be creative/innovative.
To do our best in any of the above situations, it requires an uncluttered mind and fertile imagination.
There are many times when I have failed to see through a simple problem because I am preoccupied and could not pay quality attention. Multi-tasking does not work in my case. I still get compelled to do it sometimes, which means the quality of attention would be compromised. All executives and CXO’s, I am sure, face these challenges. I feel the sustainable solutions are most importantly about delegation and doing it properly: prioritise so that you are focused, and focus all your energy on the very task you are working on.
At the end of the day, or a working week, you do not want to be feeling unfulfilled because you could not accomplish everything you planned. Yes, especially when there are dependencies, the tasks that you intended to complete may overflow. While what is beyond our control is ‘beyond our control’, it is best to focus on what is in our control.
I’ve always said, “Making a timely decision is important”. If the outcome is good, all is okay. If the outcome is not what you hoped for, it is okay, you have learned something. However, not to make a decision and procrastinate is criminal.