I start off most work days with a plan for what I am going to get done, one major project or another, a research item, and article I need to finish, a report that is due - is normally the agenda of the day. Then I look at email, and my phone rings. One thing or another pops up, usually little meaningless fires that have to be dealt with, all to often someone's mistake that I have to apologize for and try to make right. Somedays I spend my entire day cleaning up the little messes, putting out the little fires.
Maybe I should:
- Not look at email until after lunch
- Let all calls go to voice mail
- Put an auto response on my email that I won the lottery or was run over by a bus and to fix it yourself
- Get a bigger fire boat
- Try Gullivers method of putting out fires