Our day can be filled with tasks that are small, quick, and unfulfilling. We might enjoy the action of checking them of our list, but overall they’re trivial.
They’re popcorn. We eat popcorn while watching movies because it’s passive and can be done with little to no mental energy. Part of our brain enjoys it. We can grab a handful here and there. The downside, it lacks actual nutrition and our bodies are left hungry. We feel like we’ve done something without actually having done much of anything.
Strategic, thought-filled work requires focus and undivided attention, not popcorn pursuits.