Adrian Granzella Larssen has written a terrific Fast Company article titled, "How to get out of the weeds and make time for big-picture thinking." Larssen introduces executive coach Melody Whiting's perspective on why we often overload our schedules. Whiting argues that a busy schedule reinforces our self-perceptions. Here's an excerpt:
Everyone’s busy, and that’s not exactly by accident. Wilding’s take is something that might be uncomfortable to hear: “It makes us feel useful and wanted, and especially for people who are leaders or traditionally high achievers, that’s how they source their self-worth—via accomplishments and what they get done.”
Larssen has some good suggestions for how to rethink the way we manage our time, so that we can have more time for strategic thinking and reflection. I highly recommend the article. Among other things, Larssen reminds us of the value of the Eisenhower Matrix, a simple diagnostic tool that the former president and military leader recommended for setting the right priorities.