Real work is organized effort which creates or adds value for the customer or organization. Learn to distinguish what is real work and what is not. Typically, business or technical processes create or add value for the customer. Projects for developing new products or establishing new processes or improving existing processes also indirectly add value. Practically, everything else is a waste.
Learn to distinguish the above from the rest of activities that you might be engaged in. Learn to focus on your processes and projects. This will avoid wastage of your time and other resources.
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