I am not really sure whether it's a "good" or "bad" thing that I have chosen to be in business for myself and to work from home.
What I do know about myself is that my productivity ebbs and flows quite a bit. It's either "feast or famine," with very little in between. As I have "watched myself" over the years, I've also become more and more aware of what influences my productivity.
These days don't mean I don't have "too much on my plate," they just mean that I don't "get lost" because I am too scattered.
On any given day-- or week, or month-- my ability to keep up seems inversely proportional to the amount of "pressure" (usually of a financial/practical nature) I feel like I am under. Some people really thrive when they are in a "pressure cooker" situation with their life... I'm really not one of them.
OK... not entirely true.
If I have a massive deadline on ONE thing to do, I work super well "to a deadline." That's different from the pressure of being overwhelmed by a large quantity of things to do.
As an example, I got a huge block of "eBay stuff" taken care of by the close of business on Sunday... meaning we'll have a substantial inflow of cash from those sales by next Sunday... that takes pressure off, and this week feels like I am being very "productive." Instead of just sitting there, feeling overwhelmed by the sheer size of my pile of "to do notes," I am actually feeling like I am going to get through it.
And I am saying that, even as I am well aware that I have "paused" several times to add new "order up" slips to this week's work load.
For me, part of effectively managing my life has a lot to do with making the most of my "macro creative periods" WHEN they are happening.