Over at Inc, Paul Brown writes about why staying busy isn’t the same as getting things done:
Just because you show up at work every day and put in long hours doesn’t mean you are getting the right things done.
In fact, thinking about the numbers of hours you work just confuses the issue.
Time is not a factor. Quality, making progress, and accomplishing your goals is.
The activity–going to work; returning countless emails; going to meetings–in and of itself doesn’t lead to accomplishing anything (although it can easily take up most of your day.) Sure, when you go home at night you can say “I sure was busy today.” But what did you actually accomplish?
What does it take to get the job done right?