The Weary Executive

In Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann writes of a weary executive: “Harassed by a thousand details, all of them unimportant, he was too weak-willed to arrive at a reasonable and fruitful arrangement of his time.”

Thomas Buddenbrooks, in the 1870s, didn’t have an iPad. Or an iPhone. Or a MacBook Pro. Or the Internet. Or email. Or voice mail.

Time management under a bit of pressure right now and that makes it even more urgent to stay focused on the important details.

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