One of the “Getting Things Done” principles is “Mind like water.” I believe David Allen got the idea from martial arts training. Mind like water is the idea of reacting just enough to an input. A large stone thrown into the water creates large ripples. A small stone creates small ripples. And after each, the water eventually returns to to a calm state.
The idea is to get things off your mind and into a system so you can achieve this mind like water state. One of my major goals at work is to automate more next year to spend less time spinning and more time winning. Systems will play a key role in achieving the calmness I seek.