For many of us, achieving peak productivity can seem like a Sisyphean struggle. Every once in a while, we’ll think we’ve got our inboxes or to-do lists up-to-date, triaged, and under control. And then something else comes along that throws a giant wrench in all our grand plans -- a tempting off-campus lunch, a last-minute request from your boss’s boss, or a cat GIF storm you can’t help but participate in.
My great grandfather was a tailor in a small town in Ohio. For 40 years, he measured suits, tailored them well, and made a living for his family. He didn’t visit the floors of the New York stock exchange to take a company public, fly high on a soaring stock, or suffer at the hands of a botched acquisition.