Here is something that can set you aside from the rest of the pack: think about the big picture. I don’t mean that you should sit around and daydream, in fact, quite the opposite. Think about the importance of your actions in the grander scheme of things. Sure, your calendar is full of “important stuff”, but what does that mean to your boss, your boss’ boss, or your customers? Would they care? We all have taken part in a conversation, a phone call, or a meeting in which we wanted to stand up and ask So what? Why do I care? “Everybody else” has their own worldview, their own idea of what is important. Make sure that you recognise that you may have different priorities than others. Try to recognise the priorities of others. If you can do that, you can help them. Help them achieve their goals, and you become valuable. When you look at the big picture, what you should really be doing becomes clearer.