“Focus on being productive instead of busy” is a great quote from Tim Ferriss’ book, 'The 4-Hour Workweek'. Being (and staying) productive can be an extremely challenging part of work. Whether you’re a member of the corporate world or self-employed, too often we think that as long as we’re keeping busy, we’re being ‘productive’. However, these two words have different meanings.
By no means do I excuse myself from falling into this trap, as I do it quite often. Sometimes I have to remind myself of Ferriss’ advice in order for my brain to flip that switch, and not just do things throughout the day to keep myself busy. Actually waking up with a prioritized plan for the day, even if it only includes one or two tasks, will keep you moving forward and give you some sense of fulfillment at the end of the day.