I've been thinking about how I've lost control of my time. It seems like I've been lax, sliding by with things.

As always, it's difficult. Wrestling with yourself, outwitting yourself out of the comfortable and hypnotic habits that blind you to your own weakness... is difficult. But it's a lot like being an annoyed efficiency expert - stepping outside yourself and commenting on things with a dry, dispassionate voice: "do you really need to spend your time doing that? Did you really have to do that task now?"

I have a tendency to make big plans and dream big dreams, but then start on the least important thing first getting there. Fortunately, I have a trick. I always pay attention to the thing I'd like to do last on my list of things to accomplish in a given day or a week. It's usually a good sign that it's the first thing that needs finishing.