In my mind, they are related. Not always, but sometimes. I think feeling overwhelmed can certainly lead to procrastination.
Is it really possible to multi-task? I've read that it isn't...you can truly only do one thing at time, and if you overlap too much, the work and results suffer. So what's the point? Focus is important.
I wrote a blog post about this back in July. E-mail can really get out of hand, and slow us down.
In my January/February Information Outlook column (not yet published), I included the site 43 Folders. What started as a site about productivity has evolved into one that helps you find the "time and attention to do your best creative work." It's all related. You have to organize yourself.
One of the productivity sites mentioned on the 23 Things site I've already written about in my column (November). Lifehacker directs you to the technologies that can help you work better and more efficiently. I also like the Get-It-Done-Guy, Stever Robbins, whose blog (Work Less and Do More) I read. Here's an article from Scientific American (November 26th) on procrastination. Maybe now I don't feel so bad!
That there's an acronym for this stuff...GTD...is amazing. (I guess it's really an initialism.) I think it shows we are all trying and striving to do better. We are all busy and harried and overwhelmed.
But maybe the solution isn't getting things done...it's just doing less.
Speaking of getting things done...Thing 18 is done.