How To Be Productive
Productivity and business are not synonymous. As a disciple of Christ, I am productive if I do what God wants me to do, not what I or others think I should do. I should not measure productivity by the to do list I created for myself, but by the one God created for me. Assuming that if I am constantly busy and accomplishing many tasks, that I am productive is a flawed perspective. I may have done a lot, but did I do what God wanted me to do? I should prioritize my day according to God’s guidance and not my wisdom. Instead of assuming I know what my day should look like, I need to daily seek God’s face to get my marching order. God has a way of disrupting my daily schedule, and it is so easy for me to view these holy interruptions as a distraction and a nuisance. Frustration sometimes sets in because I can’t finish what I deem as important. I must remember that living to fulfil His will and not my agenda is the point of my existence. What God is calling me to do is more important than what I think I should be doing.
Does this mean I should never create schedules or to do lists for my days? No! God wants me to be a good steward of my time and scheduling and to do lists fits into that category. However, I need to include Him when I am planning. I need to be sensitive to His voice throughout the day should He want me to do something that was not on the radar. Time spent doing what God is calling me to do is not wasted time. Like me, you may like the idea of being productive. I just want to make sure we are pursuing the right form of productivity!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and He will make your paths straight.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.