No, answering e-mails is not enough to call yourself productive. With the hours you have in your hands now, name a project you've done with exceptional work. If none is your answer then it's best if you set your priorities straight.
Now that you have time in your hands, it's not about how much time you spend on a project or a task but what you do with the time given. Try doing more of less, it's simple and cost-effective.
It is important to know your strengths and weaknesses as an individual. Studies show that 2.5 to 4 hours after waking up is when most people's brains are sharpest. Give the painfully exciting tasks your best hours and commit to finishing it.
Know yourself even more. This allows yourself to be provided with options of what works for you and what doesn't so you know when to go for it or when to avoid it. Watch yourself work, take notes, find patterns and alter your schedule accordingly.
If you want to take time into consideration, consider making a day-to-day schedule. It will help you keep yourself on track of your goals and help you prioritize what is important rather than just being reactive the entire day.
When it comes to your environment, learn how to set spaces for where you feel motivated to work, a space for relaxation, and a space for your hobbies. It aids your mind to wind down from what you did that day.
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