contemplate (one's) navel

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contemplate (one's) navel

To be excessively focused on one's personal problems or concerns. Good luck getting John's attention—he's too busy contemplating his navel to help anybody else.
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contemplate your navel

spend time complacently considering yourself or your own interests; concentrate on one issue at the expense of a wider view.
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Planning is a critically important management activity, but the point of value adding planning is not to reinvent the wheel or to contemplate one's navel. The point is to add value in the form of improved profitability and measurable progress toward the company's desired future state.