My life is accelerating right now, with the fledgling LexThink project to map out, a fledgling law practice to build, a fledgling long distance relationship (ack!), and the summer sailing season blazing toward me like a freight train and a whole set of regattas to organize and volunteers to cajole now that I'm the race officer. Not to mention my own boat to prepare.
So after months of wonderful spacious unstructured time I find that I'm suddenly stressed and distracted. I missed an appointment last week. I lost a key. I'm frustrated by clutter, and it's everywhere. I can't immediately tell what I need to deal with right now and what I can postpone. My inbox is overwhelming -- and I now have four active email accounts. That's ridiculous. I'm looking ahead at this week's itinerary and can't figure out how I'm going to do all the things I'd like to do. I need a system.
I think I'll reread David Allen's book, Getting Things Done. I'm going to download ActiveWords again, which I left on my old firm's computer and have missed. I'm going to do a massive purge of my clutterbox, which is where I stow mail and papers I'm not yet ready to process. Probably have to do that with my electronic inboxes, too. Jack Vinson has a nice post about his personal management system.