As modern knowledge workers we tend to be obsessed with productivity. Time is precious and we want to use our time as effectively as possible. Thatʼs why there is a huge amount of to-do and “Getting Things Done” apps on the web and in every app store that promise true productivity miracles. In addition, there is a wide variety of notebooks and “Bullet Journals” on the market tailored to your own organizational taste.
But no matter how meticulously we plan our time, there are simply days when you have worked all day, but your own list does not seem to have become a single bit shorter. But how could that happen? Where has all this time gone?
That can really get you down and leave you with the feeling that you havenʼt achieved anything. But this assessment is usually completely wrong, you just have to make yourself aware of it.
And especially for these days I use a “Done List”.
Itʼs a simple text file on my desktop in which I enter things I actually did that day. No matter if they were on my to-do list before. And when you look at it, you often find a lot of surprisingly good and important things in it.
- Talking to customers or colleagues to clarify questions
- The important e-mail that you have been putting off for a long time
- The junior you were mentoring
- The groceries shopping you forgot to put on your list
- The time you needed that day to take care of yourself
There are all kinds of things that can mess up a plan. But if you take the time to look at them carefully, you will quickly see that many of them are just as important and valuable.
One thing you should always keep in mind: We are human beings and our “value” is not based on our productivity. Itʼs important not to forget that we also need the time to recharge our batteries and look after ourselves.