As a recovering workaholic, I have learned a few things about getting work done.
And the biggest thing I have learned that getting things done does not mean we are growing.
We might be working 10 hours every day and getting things done every day and still not grow – if what we are working on is low-leverage.
For growth to happen, we need space in our minds and days, to be able to think and noticing the opportunities for growth that are around and within us.
That space does not come from getting things done.
So if you want to grow, stop worrying about getting things done, instead, ask yourself, “Is this thing, I am working on, helping me grow, or am I just being a glorified white collar laborer?”
If you get an answer you don’t like, make a plan to get out of a random work routine, where you are working all the time.
Even if you have to take care of projects design your schedule where you have a chunk of uninterrupted time to work on growth. What you do within that time is your choice. It can be anything learning, reading, connecting, ideating, or starting something new. Whatever you think, will help you move forward.