On a recent business class flight, the guy next to me got out his laptop and worked on if for most of the flight. I ate the meal, a drink, snoozed a little and did a crossword.
Who was the most productive?
Well of course, he would claim he was. He got some work done.
But that is like people who confuse productivity with production. Doing more is not necessarily being more productive.
In my relaxed time onboard, I was not doing nothing. I was contemplating, thinking and reflecting. I went into meetings later that week much better prepared and I am convinced the decisions I took that week were ‘better’.
We get so little time to consider and reflect, it is worth taking the time to stop and do so when you can. In the broader sense, you might get less done … but your productivity will increase.