Our most important work is passive. It won't show up if we don't intentionally carve out time to get it done. Whether it's career, relationships or physical health, it takes specific intent to get the most important (and almost never the most pressing) work done.
- Showing up at the gym
- Eating well
- Going on a special outing with your partner
- Writing a letter or email to a colleague relationship that needs nurturing
All of these require intentionally stopping the noise of email and facebook and twitter and the constant stream of work stuff that feels important at the moment but can almost always wait.
Getting the most important work done is a practice of living with intention; knowing what is important today and intentionally making time to do it.