Keeping Busy Got Me Nowhere, So I Started Doing Less. The Result Was Astounding

Abby Jaquint
5 min readJun 11, 2024

“Busy” doesn’t always mean “productive”

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I filled my daily schedule with detailed morning and nighttime routines for years.

With my ADHD especially, I had learned through trial and error that I had to write down not only what I needed to accomplish, but every minuscule step that each accomplishment would require.

It needed to be ultra-specific, and that worked for me.

However, I realized that checking off all those tasks every morning and night made me want to do it with everything.

Suddenly, I was no longer just ensuring I got my routines and certain projects done — I was constantly busy with 50+ tasks for my entire day.

I kept this up for a few weeks.

I felt good. I felt productive.

But when I did my monthly review of what I accomplished (to take note of what went well and what could’ve gone better), I noticed I had done significantly less than I had before I adjusted my daily to-do list.

But how? I thought.

I’m literally busy all the time. All I do is work.

Yes, I was busy all the time.



Abby Jaquint

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