The hardest thing is to gain perspective. Many people suggest “stepping back” or “see the bigger picture”. All you need to do is carve out a chunk of your life to gain that vision.
It’s really challenging to do that when you are in the middle of the action.
The 37 Signals blog works through this exact issue and and explains why its important.
In productivity circles the constant distraction is called the “whirlwind”. It’s the never ending pull of “work” and “things to do”.
What are you not tending to because of the whirlwind? Or, worse, where are you using the whirlwind as an excuse for not doing something?