David Allen talks about three kinds of daily work:
#1) Doing Predefined Work
This is the work you have “planned” to do: projects, reports, communication, planning, management
These things are a part of your job description and this is your expectation.
#2) Doing Work as it Shows Up
This is the work that shows up: crisis, some people management, interruptions, new ideas & opportunities, problem solving
The key here is to identify what is “important” and what is “not important” .
#3) Defining Your Work
This is the work of planning what you need to get done: calendar, goals, future projects, big picture
If you don’t do this work, you’ll never be able to define the work you do every day.
Everyday, spend time in all three of these areas!