You and I hear messages all the time about action.
"Just do it."
"We're falling behind in our sales figures. Get out and do more."
"Don't just stand there--do something."
"We need to change the organization."
I'm big on doing stuff, too. But I've learned that being busy doesn't necessarily lead to what I want to achieve.
Because I didn't ask "why?"
Why?" can come across as a threatening question. It gets at purpose and motive. For those very reasons, it's the first question that you and I need to ask ourselves--and others--before committing time and energy to anything.
When a time commitment doesn't match your purpose and goals, then answering the "why?" question is time well spent.