"Productivity is never an accident. It's always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort."
I love this quote. It beautifully breaks down productivity into three parts.
Commitment to Excellence
Being truly productive isn't about just getting things done. It's about doing an excellent job at whatever we set out to accomplish.
This means a commitment to excellence, not just to results.
Having a bad plan is a lot better than having no plan. But an intelligent, thoughtful plan is imperative to being productive.
Productivity has absolutely nothing to do with looking busy. We all know someone (ourselves?) who feels they are being productive as long as they are working hard.
If the effort is not focused, chances are we are not be very productive.