I would always say "I'm busy"
I spent most of my day working. Jumping from one task to the next to the next. It was tough but I felt like I was doing a lot.
I felt a bit stressed all the time. My quality of work wasn't that high. And I ALWAYS felt tired. All the time.
I loved everything I did
I did everything with care and passion. I chose it! And I loved it. Mentally, I really enjoyed myself.
Practically.....things were a mess
The work I did wasn't the best of my ability. I worked during unproductive hours and dozed off while working. Everything I did was fun. But wasn't doing anybody a favor
I had to make the hard call
I decided to choose 3 things.
No matter how much I loved things, I eliminated them from my life. I told myself to chose 3 and throw out the rest. It allowed me to focus.....and relax for once.
Focus was my instant solution to productivity
My work got better. I felt alive. I no longer felt I was drowning. And I definitely worked faster. My total output was much higher than before.
Often, you don't need crazy productivity techniques
You just need to focus. Cut things out of your life.