Hey Jocelyn, it sounds like it's also what happens with me, and no doubt a lot of others. There is simply too much on your plate, and it's hard to focus down on one thing. The Pomodoro technique sounds very interesting for that. But I find one gets mentally exhausted trying to deal with all the disparate threads. I used to hang out in nature all day long as a kid, but I rarely do that anymore because I'm alway too busy. Lately it's been even worse (I should be working right now, not reading threads on permies!). Not even enough time to make a decent meal every day, much less go for a walk.
What used to help a lot (massive spoon storage) was zoning out with nature, out in the fields, or up a tree, or watching the river. It's a species of meditation, I realised in retrospect. I miss it (we're stuck in the middle of a big city).
My partner and I started shooting slow films a couple years ago (look up slow tv, esp. Norway - we were rivetted when we first found out about it), which I've barely started to edit down (too busy, ironically) but there's a few done. We're thinking they'll help people to zone out / meditate, recentre, and then get on with their day. One of the many things I think it'll help with. I'll give you and everyone reading this thread our private link to a shorter film, one I just finished and uploaded to our vimeo page. All I'm looking for is to find out if it helps. The whole idea is an experiment that we haven't had a chance to share and obtain feedback on yet. Hmm, maybe this should go in a separate thread? It feels like it's pertinent here. Well, whoever wants to try it out, I'd really appreciate the feedback. And hey, doesn't it beat playing with apps? Just please don't share it around. It's not for public consumption right now.