I am a person who thrives on chaos and non-linear thinking, but for some reason if I am going to claim any normative standard of productivity, I need a list. I can feel great about a day in which I have meaningful conversations and hang out with the really cool people I work with, answering questions and dreaming about reaching people and changed lives. However, I cannot always look back on those days through anyone else’s standard of accomplishment and see that my time was spent well.
So I make lists and use iCal to stay on track.
Then I can schedule conversations and mark them off… bam. Productive.