Life is change. No matter how organized a person is, life will see to it that patterns, schedules and deadlines are altered. This is inevitable. It needn't be disruptive to daily practice.
Discovering my pace came with discovering my path. When I realized that my path consisted of moving toward peace and the promotion of human happiness by the application of my skills and values in daily life, my pace slowed and became more easily maintained. Knowing, the the deepest sense, that I am mortal compelled me to value every day of my life. Using those days at a pace which will achieve peace and harmony within me and in my environment has become my daily practice. There is no need to rush or to do anything half-heartedly. It is the quality of my life that matters, not the quantity of my superficial accomplishments.