A casual conversation in the workplace today reminded me of the need for filters. A small tale of gossip took the focus away from what needed my attention, and did nothing to help me get done what I needed to get done.

Sometimes, you need to block out the things which get in the way of providing good care, communicating an important message, or maybe completing a report. Things that take away that focus only make it more difficult not only to get back on track, but to so well.

I’m working on building a filter: responding in adequate time when not completing other important tasks, and not letting my attention be taken up with things which build neither rapport nor character.