I have items on my to-do list that have been waiting on me for three months. At this point, shouldn’t I just acknowledge that I’m not going to do them and move on?
I’m trying to get myself organized today – at least for the coming week – so I’m updating my task management program. I’ve found that I’m good at putting in the breakdown of large tasks (like conference proposals and paper revisions) but not so good at listing the small tasks that eat up my day (like reference letters and student feedback). Maybe it’s more efficient to just do those things but it would be nice to get some credit for crossing them off the list.
And I really need to better understand where my time goes these days. I’m well aware that I can occupy myself with anything but academic work (see: household chores, reading, deciding to cook an actual meal) but, when I am being assiduous, I still seem to lose time. SG will ask me what I’ve been working on when he gets home in the evening and I can’t figure it out, even though it feels like I’ve been in front of the computer most of the day.