The proliferation of tools, apps and modern business practices has increased the number of distractions that interrupt your work all day long. In years past, the phone or an open door were the only ways you might be distracted from your work. The new currency of excellence is “focus,” something that requires you to give yourself over to what’s most important, and avoid distractions. If you want to do excellent and meaningful work, focus on one thing at a time. Even during AEP. In a world where almost everyone has forfeited the right to give themselves over to something long enough to do excellent work, doing so makes you a stand-out. You can’t do anything with excellence when you allow your focus to be pulled this way and that by the trivial. Focus on one thing. Do it well. Then move on. Even during AEP.

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