Time must be spent priodically focusing on important, but not urgent, topics.

There are multiple levels of focus and purpose, but most time is spent looking at only the most immediate concerns. Many leaders dedicate no time to zooming out to check for alignment, or hidden projects. Analyzing multiple horizons of purpose help people, especially leaders, more effectively chart the course. Two hours spent at the end of each week goes a long way toward mastering distant issues—create space for exploration.rA1

  1. David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Revised edition (New York City: Penguin Books, 2015). (See notes.)