It seems to be an art, a technique and a practice...
David Allan, who wrote Getting Things Done, has this 22 minute TED talk on a straightforward process for creating the essential "psychic bandwidth" to being "appropriately engaged" with life unfolding around you. This has broad applications--not the least of which is approaching and calibrating ambitious creative projects (Cosmos' own development crossed my mind while watching, natch) or even more generally--consistently taking on and succeeding at crucial work amidst outrageously proliferating demands on one's precious time and attention.
As a creative producer (writer, filmmaker) for many years, and generally intense-thought-monger for even longer, I have developed several techniques for coordinating my time, thoughts and creative energies--as a means of survival as much as style. This talk boils down even simpler why what I do that works, works--and how go beyond, too.
Really curious to hear what others in this "scene" think about this talk, in reflection on their own creative processes, lifestyle pressures, and aspirations. <3