Today I am much more efficient and I feel that it gets me more effectiveness. Every minute counts - EVERY. Sometimes I think I am stopping being a human but programmed machine. The only thing that gets me relief is that the programmer is me (trying not to think about The Matrix...)
As a consultant I used to have that feeling of almost fear while juggling "what do I do today? tomorrow? how much time left for this project? that project? What is my utilization - am I on track? I need to take child care leave - how the schedules are affected?" - my head was going crazy. Well, I may be taking it too far :), but context switching is of high rate indeed. For years I tried different techniques, some good, some less.
What I definitely understood is that it is no matter what I am about to do - it is all about my time - work, home, family, etc. So I need to have some effective way to manage my time. Or better off manage pipeline of my daily, weekly, monthly tasks.
While I managed to create my practice for managing my pipeline I found that the approach described in Using Scannable Outcomes with My Results Approach suits my needs while adjusting it a bit for myself. It helped me to focus on my all tasks while keeping track of it - both work and personal life.
As a result, I feel that my mind much less stretched letting my body to relax, I am in better control of my tasks - current and upcoming.
I think the best way to describe my success is quoting my peer who confessed to me "Alik, I am constantly probing you to see how much time it will take you to give me concrete answer to my questions I send you via email. So far you manage to stay in 10 minutes range...".
I am not a magician - it is just simple technique of managing my pipeline in scannable way helps me staying on top.