As you set out tasks for yourself each day, what are you aiming for? What progress do you wish to make? Why? It seems as though you overlook these questions and put yourself to work. You should not hesitate to sit down and spend time articulating your goals, both in the short run and the long run. Figure out where you’re going. Some plans might get canceled because of this—good. As in that 1997 internal talk Jobs gave to Apple, people were jumping with excitement when their projects got canceled because the entire product roadmap at Apple finally started to make sense.
They don’t want to be put to work. They want to be put to a purpose. So do you.
Do yourself a favor: put yourself to use by first identifying what that is.