This month's ProGen assignment asked us to keep a log of our activities for one week. We then had to analyze the results and identify time suckers and other hindrances that stand between us and task completion.
I keep an appointment book calendar. I live and die by the thing. I use the long columns to make daily to-do lists and cross things off as I finish them. Everything that needs to get done goes on that list, otherwise I'd forget to do it.
Because of this strict adherence to the calendar, I thought this particular ProGen assignment would be an easy one. I kept my time diary for one week. Just as I expected, it showed very little wasted time.
What surprised me, however, was seeing how much I cram into a short amount of time. I don't view it as a good thing. This ProGen lesson taught me that I'm a little too good at time management, to the point where I go-go-go without a break. From this point, my daily to-do lists will be shorter. Not every task is urgent. Case in point: I did this blog post a day later than originally planned and the world did not fall apart. Good time management isn't always about getting things done.