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On a personal level, the answer is batching your shallow tasks together and blocking a time to do them all at once. On a team level, a balance can be maintained between long-term projects and short-term demands with two new complementary tools.
Each member of the team (except the Hero) spends one day per week on Housekeeping. It gives them time to focus on small but important tasks.
Housekeeping is a personal day. If the Hero hasn't explicitly asked for help on an issue, people can choose which tasks they want to work on. Sometimes this time is used to learn something new related to current or upcoming work.
Although the Hero role and Housekeeping days may seem insignificant, they make teamwork more effective and less stressful.
All team members can start each month, week, and day knowing what work they want to focus on and the freedom to focus on it with minimal interruptions.
By separating short-term reactive work with longer-term work, Heroes and Housekeeping days ensure a balance.
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