Your productivity and your moral character are not intertwined.
Meaning: Getting things done does not make you a good or better person. And, conversely, failing to be “productive” does not make you a bad person.
There is, of course, a connection between your character and your follow-through.
If you tell someone that you will do something, or if you commit to something, then, of course, you want to follow through on your commitment. You want to keep your promises.
So, in that way, productivity is a means by which we can consistently follow through on our word and our commitments.
But productivity can only be connected to our moral character in as much as it helps us to be the people we have set out to be.
But this has gotten blurry. Because many “productive type things” get thrust upon us by other people. People who have expectations which they’ve projected upon us without our consent!
They want us to reply to their email within their desired timeframe. Or they want us to be available on Slack when they need us. Or whatever.
And then they have the audacity to be disappointed at us when we do not meet their unfair and un-agreed-upon expectations of what they consider to be “productive behavior”.
Well, shame on them. We had better things to do.