Who'd play you in the movie of your life? Crazy question. You've got that role. You are starring you in the movie of your life. No, the actor is not a problem. But you might want to have a word with the script writer.
Get the low tech productivity tool: an egg timer. Sit it on your desk. Next time a conference call starts, turn it over and watch the grains of sand of your life tumbling away. It'll change your behaviour instantly: fewer meetings, shorter meetings, relevant meetings and meetings which result in actions.
Get a real routine established. Truly locked down; no excuses. One which makes sure you get your priorities hit, your Project Bs addressed and plenty of exercise. Then disrupt that routine: don't get stale, spark the creative thinking. Indeed, dare to go outside the box now it is truly so well defined.
Man is a story-teller and a very good one. His/her imagination coupled with superb linguistic skills and a natural attraction to the story as a way of remembering things ensures it's something we do on a daily basis. But stories can empower (Homer: The Iliad) or they can hold us back (I'm never going to get promotion). The stories we tell ourselves have a profound impact on the lives we live; ensure yours have a good proof reader.
It doesn't matter what your job: call-centre operator, CEO, consultant; everybody needs time to think and breathe.
In an Old World of Work it was built in between opening the post, dropping down to the typing pool, waiting for a train, walking....
In the New World of Work the relentless quest to get us to communicate and communicate now, most forcefully illustrated with the increasing provision and use of so-called productivity tools such as instant messanging means there is no time to think.
And therefore there is little of worth to communicate.