“Quick breakdown,” I pushed. “What are the three things you have to get accomplished this year?”
“Well, that’s easy,” Meredith replied. “Those three objectives come from my business plan.”
“And, you have your three objectives for the year broken down into quarterly goals?”
“Yes,” Meredith nodded.
“So, how do you keep those three objectives in front of you when you stay buried in your email, handling all the traffic and details of your projects?”
“It’s tough,” Meredith shrugged.
“I know it’s tough, but if it wasn’t tough, how would you do it? How would you focus on your top three priorities each and every day?”
“One thing is for sure,” Meredith smiled. “I won’t find them buried in my email.”
“You are correct,” I agreed. “For many managers, email is counter-productive to focus. Email is efficient, it is self-documenting, but it can also be a distraction. How will you focus?”
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