One of the best books I’ve read is David Allen’s Getting Things Done. As a former Franklin Covey facilitator, I noticed (time and time again) that process and tools are only part of the solution to help people better manage what they need to get done in the time they have.
It is all about task management. Read David’s book for the details, and know it is as simple as using a Master list of tasks, plus the managing of your projects seperately.
Note that I said simple – yes, I know that doesn’t necessarily mean easy. But with some focus on what needs to be done – and refocus each day, you will accomplish what you set out to do.
Fun tip: I have a white board with a target list of prospective customers I want to become my customers in 2005. There are not many – and I see them everyday visually in front of my eyes. I tell others who they are. Hint: they are the companies in my area with the largest sales teams. This helps me keep my focus, while still getting the more immediate done as well.