The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities – Stephen Covey
It’s been several years since I posted I Am Not “A-mused”, but the thoughts about being intentional with planning are worth repeating. In that post, I made this point:
… many leaders simply do not take take the time to be intentional about preparation … about thinking through something carefully or thoroughly. All too often our days begin with meetings (especially if you have offices you interact with in varying time zones or halfway around the world), or fire drills (often with schedule delays or customer issues), or with job responsibilities (focusing on the many deliverables expected of us) or even with employee issues for those who manage people. And while these tactical/operational elements of our jobs are important and often necessary, all too often they consume our mind share and energy to the point we sacrifice the strategic.