How to Find Time to Do Great Work

In a busy organization it is difficult to find time to get through your daily to-dos, let alone answer email, attend meetings and more. So how can you find time to focus on the work that really matters, and that great work you really want to do?

Excessive communication, multi-tasking and too much time spent on unimportant tasks are often barriers to doing great work. Ongoing deliverables and responsibilities, projects, fire fighting, managing people, managing processes, administration, paperwork and email also get in the way.

What is great work? It’s what inspires you and gets you jumping out of bed every morning. It’s the “buzz” — the work we love to talk about, that gets the neurons firing and motivates us. Some might consider the Great Wall of China great work. Others, including Michael Bungay Stanier, Senior Partner at Box of Crayons, claim great work isn’t a measure of quality or achievement, but rather it is the process itself — work that has meaning and impact.

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Karen Richardson
Karen Richardson is a writer, editor and blogger on business, health and wellness for Canadian and U.S. publications. She can be found on Twitter @worklifewriter.

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