Um, yes - and almost by relex - I'm going to quote randy pauch again... from http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Randy/TMenglishTranscript.pdf
When you get good at time management you realize that it's a
collaborative thing. I want to make everybody more efficient, it's not
a selfish thing, it's not me against you, it's: How do we all
collectively get more done? As you push on the time journal stuff you
start to find that you don't make yourself more efficient at work so
you become some sort of über-worker person, you become more efficient
at work so you can leave at five and go home and be with the people
that you love. People call this work-life balance. For the junior
faculty, you may have heard of it in some sort of mythical sense...
Let's also make a comparision about the question.
I can imagine that trying to get more done in less time is stressful, but that's due to the change in process right? Actually doing the stuff effectively when you've got used to a system is very different.
(Next bit mildy edited from http://productivity.stackexchange.com/a/2533/2382)
What I think might help, might be looking at the question as "How do I avoid the urge to fill every waking moment with productivity, to avoid feeling like I'm on a treadmill all day?" This is also a pretty interesting one. In my mind there are two main motivations for increasing productivity
- To achieve more
- To achieve the same, but in less time, so you have
more time to relax and chill out.
People of type two are people who don't have to worry about switching off - people of type one start approaching a mentality where every waking moment should be advancing your career/fitness/mind (and when we move into ultraman sleep schedules, is when we start to increase the number of waking moments to be productive in.
As far as I'm concerned, one `cure' is to trust your system enought that you can walk away from it for 24 hours, and know that there won't be any problems when you come back to it. If you can manage that I think you'll know you've broken the cycle.