What strikes me the most about this quote is it features in a book of Jim's, published in 1996. Before the endless waves of email in today's workplace, before it was common to have teams split over time zones leading to conference calls at all hours, before social media, before smart phones, before Whatsapp and its ruinous two ticks. In other words, before we had the relentless 'always on' digital culture we're told we're in today.
Lately I've been putting more thought into how to run my day better, and I've decided that the fast-paced nature of working in a global social media role in tech is not an excuse. I don't think I'm ever going to crack it, but there are a few things that have helped:
1. Remind yourself each morning, before firing up Outlook (or Gmail or Slack): today I'm going to run my day
2. Be kind: it's an ongoing balancing act, and let's face it, when you work in PR it goes with the territory that sometimes the day really is going to run you. The trick is to make sure it's not the default pattern
3. Take a step back: when you see demanding emails pop up in your inbox, acknowledge to yourself that regardless of the precise request, ultimately it's just a demand to run your day. How you then deal with it and when you choose to respond (or not) is up to you
4. Knowledge is power: You're not alone in this tricky balancing act. Read more about how successful people run their day. I recommend Manage Your Day-to-Day -- it's a fabulous resource, grounded in reality and truly helpful.