Reading about and implementing the principles of Getting Things Done (GTD), a work-life management methodology pioneered by David Allan (details), has been a hobby of mine for a few years now. A long time ago I wrote this post, but as I'm re-starting my blog I decided to publish the post. David Allen's 'Making it All Work' (Amazon) is the companion to his highly successful book 'Getting Things Done - The Art of Stress-Free Productivity' (Amazon). There was a section in the book that resonated with me and wanted to share as I feel it is a great excerpt to highlight what attracts me to GTD and may lead others to be interested as well.
...The key concept to keep in mind here is that staying in control will ultimately be a function of how you mange to allocate your physical resources - quite simply, what action you are talking now, and how comfortably you are relating to that.
Are you in alignment with your choice? Is reading this book or listening to me or someone else narrating this sentence absolutely, positively, with a doubt the thing you should be doing at this moment If you think it's not , or are afraid it's not, of i you don't know whether it is or note, then to some degree you're out of control. If you assert confidently, yes, indeed, this is the best thing for me to doing and the best place to put my attention right now, your probably ins your zone. You will experience, at least in the existential moment, no sense of time, no feeling of overwhelm, no gnawing sense of amorphous pressure on your psyche. You won't be concert about life/work balance, or even making a distinction about whether you are in "work" or "life" mode. You're just doing what your doing, appropriately and without internal distraction.