Face it: life and work-life are complicated. And they seem to be getting more complicated every day. Companies are leaner, which can mean (surprise!) you have more tasks to get done today. Even with all the productivity gadgets out there (E-mail, voice-mail, Instant Messengers, fancy phones) touting to help you 'get more done' and 'become more productive', it's tough to make it through some days, isn't it? In fact, there are some days when I feel like the gadgets are in control of me.
I've read all the time management books, I've tried all the paper planner/organizers, I've done the web-based equivalents, but you know what? I've finally decided that even with all these tools, I'm never going to be caught up. I'm going to have tasks that spill over to tomorrow (or the next day or, yes--maybe even to next week). I'm guessing you might be in the same boat. And that's okay. The key is to make sure the 'big stuff' gets done.
More on that later.