too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp

too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp

proverb business adage So overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. A: "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." B: "Sounds like you've been too busy fighting alligators to drain the swamp."
See also: alligator, busy, drain, fight, swamp, to
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