I think that this is a general issue with how I've been looking at things recently. I've not had the energy, the time, to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of how things should be fitting together. There's been a constant focus on the short term, the next task, the need to keep one foot stepping ahead of the other on the treadmill, heedless of whether I'm walking in circles .
This is fair enough when trying to deal with the multitude of little problems that constitute the things I have to sort out - the issues that I'm trying to deal with. However, I've caught myself in several phone calls / email correspondences / etc monofocusing on the specific problem I'm trying to deal with rather than considering even the broader subset of discussions I feel I should be having, let alone considering the overall relationship with that person. They deserve better. I should try to improve.
 Treadmills and walking in circles are admittedly tautologous. I'm not sure whether that's a problem with, or improves the analogy.