Since those days I have adopted a couple of Time/Life management methods. For me it is a little of Franklin Covey's "What Matters Most a.k.a. Focus" and David Allen's "Getting Things Done".
The result is that I get much more done but am MUCH less visibly busy. Except when I slip and visit those chaotic cloud days, I am a picture of relative calm in my work day. Thankfully the pointy-haired bosses live where I can't see them.
I am reminded of this by the twenty minutes each of us in a meeting got back due to efficiency. A meeting scheduled for 30 minutes takes 10 and the organization gets 80 minutes of people's productive time back to keep the bottom line moving forward.