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Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. I've spent so much time dealing with various infrastructure problems for my new business that I've had no time to actually develop our product properly. I guess it's easy to forget, when up to your neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swamp.
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where [w.sup.b.sub.ik] is the corrected weighting factor of relevant objective "i"; [w.sup.b.sub.i] is the weighting factor of relevant objective "i" before the correction; [m.summation over (j=1)][w.sup.n.sub.j] is the sum of m irrelevant weighting factors and m is the number of irrelevant objectives.
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* assessment to ascertain if each objective has been achieved.
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An objective is an end towards which effort is directed and on which resources are focused.