Are you always busy doing the wrong thing?
There is a principle called the 80-20 rule, the basics of this rule is that 20% of what is done yields 80% of the success you will see.
This principle goes for any aspect of your life, family, career, health and finance. There will be 20% of what needs to be done that will bring larger results than any other task. You may ask:
"How do I know what those tasks are?"
The answer is, it's the tasks that are more difficult to do. The majority of people do what is easy, this is why the majority of people complain that things are unfair. If you put your focus on doing the more difficult tasks that YOU KNOW should be done, it will be key to your success.
So getting back to the workplace, if you focus on spending several hours doing a task that is bringing no success to the company you work for, you are wasting your time. It doesn't mean that task should not be done, it simply means take less time doing it. It all comes down to priority, spend your time focusing on what needs to be done and spend less time on what you think should be done.
If you don't know what needs to be done you either have not listened to what is important or you can always ask.