Your ability to say no to things will ensure that you have more time to do things well. You can’t do everything to the best of your talent. But you can do less things.
To do your best work, you have to choose what you are going to be bad at. For me, I chose email. I tell everyone how bad I am at email. I spend very little time replying to emails. Instead, I spend a great deal of time on things that will push my businesses forward.
The return on my time invested is greater there. Yes, I will miss some important emails, and therefore opportunities. But that is the cost of doing your best work.
The busy fool doesn’t lack effort. But focus.
Also, make a pact with yourself to accept that multitasking is a lie. Multitasking relies on you giving partial attention to many things. That is not a formula for doing great work.
Multitasking is the perfect delivery method for average work. To do your best work, you have to give it all your attention.