"Faffing" is the art of doing something without achieving anything.
I found this blog post after a client sent me something he found on line about faffing, which was what he was describing to me at our last session about the distracted activities pattern he finds himself in a lot. I never knew there was a word for this, so I appreciated the education. He didn't tell me what blog he found it on so I did some searching myself and found out that it's an English expression, and this blog post came up. See my comments and suggestions at the end.