I wrote a little about this in Herding Tigers, but it really comes down to a few questions for me:
1. Focus: What outcome am I driving toward/problem am I *really* trying to solve here? Usually there is one “defining question” that ties a lot of my work together on a given day.
2. Function: Are my processes aligned with that outcome, and does my time reflect those priorities? If not, how can I simplify my process/time/etc. So that they are aligned around that priority.
3. Fire: Do I understand why this problem matters and how it fits into the other work I’m doing right now? What is the overall outcome I’m driving toward? What’s fueling me here?
Just a few thoughts.