Being busy is a good thing. Being productive is even better. Making sure your actions move you closer to your goals is the key to being productive rather than just busy.
Too often we get caught up in the right now. We give all of our time and energy to that task that seems so urgent: ordering supplies, paying bills, cleaning the toilet. The thing is, those seemingly urgent tasks will expand in number until they crowd out everything else. Sometimes it happens mindlessly but sometimes we allow it to happen to hide from the important tasks.
Paying attention to our progress toward our goals rather than just the work we produce will keep us in line. If you feel like you are spending your life just filling the blocks now's your time to make that change.
Make a list of the things you do every day. Which are urgent? Which are important? (There is a difference, you know) Which are urgent AND important? Which are neither? Prioritize the things that move you forward, not just the ones that can be checked off your to-do list.
Schedule time for yourself everyday and make this exercise one of the first things you do. Your time is precious. Don't let it get away from you.