There is a country music song with the line... "I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once, as I ever was."  This theme rings so true to me lately.  I don't know if it's turning 40, the change in the dairy industry, the economy in general or the fact that I'll soon be facing an empty nest, but my brain does not function like it used to.  For someone like me who is pretty particular when it comes to time management and organization, the fact that I can't (or maybe it's won't) be as efficient as I used to be is disheartening.  It causes a lot more stress to be disorganized... I know this... I know it well, and yet I can't seem to focus long enough to accomplish the tasks that need taking care of and then the pile gets bigger and bigger. I ran into this problem when my mother passed away in 2004.  The list of things to do seemed overwhelming while dealing with the grief of the loss. Most of the things were simple, like turning off her cell phone. A dear friend suggested that I just try and take care of 1 thing each day.  Simple... and yet at the end of the month, you've accomplished 30 things.  I've tried to implement this concept again recently and it is indeed paying off.  With my change in schedule due to my new job, I'm forced to become more efficient with my time and to keep up with obligations, so this has helped.  When I do have those moments of clarity and focus, I try to get as much done as possible before my brain "checks out" again.