Funnily enough, I read an article on Asana’s owner, Justin Rosenstein, and his approach: clarity.
There’s a part in the article where he lists the following questions to ask yourself:
- What are you working on right now?
- Are you confident that it’s the most important thing you could be doing?
- Do you know who is waiting on you?
- Do you know to whom you can go for support?
- Do you know how your work fits into the overarching product we’re trying to accomplish?
- Do you know why that product matters?
Ironically, I copy and pasted this into an email and sent it to myself! But with good reason! It sits there so when I get dragged into that all-too-often moment of trawling through my inbox I come across it and force myself to focus on the most pressing matters of the moment. It works for me.
The full article is here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3026261/dialed/asanas-justin-rosenstein-on-the-one-quality-every-startup-needs-to-survive