Zachariah,

Some many decades ago when I was beginning my training career, I was certified in a time management program which broke items out into high and low payoff, high and low priority. The time-driven urgency of one chore (get all the gifts before Christmas) may trump a high payoff, low urgency item like writing a proposal or grant that could net you work for the next ten years. Where we get sidetracked is when we allow too many seemingly urgent (and much of it is mental) bowl over those very high payoff, longer-term items that are, in your terms, our master plan. There is of course satisfaction in completing anything, high or low payoff, but in every way those which have the greatest repercussions give us the deepest satisfaction. Not like picking up the dog poop, for example, which is necessary, but not exactly life-changing. Well, perhaps for the neighbors it might be.

It’s fair to say that too many of us don’t question these items carefully enough, and ask where it gets us, and if our time is better spent taking a small chunk out of a higher payoff, longer-term goal. That is the art of making the steps baby sized. Someone on Medium wrote the other day that it isn’t about tackling War and Peace (my example) in one sitting. I put my favorite books in the throne room, ahem, and I whip out a paragraph at a time. My god, I’ve finished a lot of books like that, but then, I drink a LOT of water. :-)

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