A big challenge when things get busy is keeping focus on the things that matter.
One way to accomplish this is increase the proximity of your priority list as things get busier. For example, in normal times, my priority list is on OneNote on my computer. But, when push comes to shove, I’ll write a short version on my phone so I always have it with me. So, before I respond to the new new thing, I check in with my priority list and double check importance and urgency.
When there is a high volume of activity, it becomes harder to separate the signal from the noise. That, in turn, means more time spent reacting to what’s happening instead of responding.
So, when things get busier, just take your priority list everywhere with you.
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.