Staying productive has become one of the trending things in this century. It has become a sign of the times, but it is not always about being busy. Being productive means that you can do something for yourself, your family, your career, or your community. Instead of just being busy, productivity means that you can do things that provide personal growth and meaning.
Define Your Objectives
Define your objectives. What is it that you need to accomplish first? While some individuals appear to be able to multitask, the reality is that many people cannot. The best thing that you can do is to define your objectives. Define the things that you normally do; then define the things that you need to do, and learn to separate and categorize them.
When you have a list of your objectives, you become more productive. Rather than facing despair and overwhelm, calm your mind by following this Bible verse from Philippians 4:8 when choosing to define your objectives “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
Prioritize Your Tasks
Being productive does not always mean being able to finish the big tasks all at once; it means doing tasks based on priority. Look at the specific tasks that you have defined, and make sure that you put them in order of priority.
Productivity is not just about ticking off a list of what you think are important tasks, but it is about focusing on the tasks that should be finished first.
Do The Important Things First
When you prioritize your tasks, it is based on your personal decision. Combine this freedom to choose with the realization that if you don’t address the most important things, there could be consequences – some of which could be very costly or cause a setback.
The important things when done, no matter how hard or how heavy they may seem, take a big load off of what you may be worried about. It becomes a stress reducer that allows you to function better when you go to address the other tasks or priorities. Therefore, becomes accustomed to doing the most important things before anything else.
Divide Tasks and Delegate
By dividing and delegating various tasks, you can accomplish one portion while someone else accomplishes another portion of tasks. Or you can even divide the tasks for yourself and delegate some of the tasks to other parts of the day. If you are a morning person, do the most important tasks in the morning. If you are an evening person, you can schedule certain tasks to be completed at night.
Delegate the tasks so you make proper use of your time. Some individuals tend to stretch out the day by doing a lot of things all the time and never finishing any of the tasks. The productive person divides the tasks by the time of day that they are supposed to get done.
Productivity is all about working smart. You do not need to be working hard all the time.
Relax and Take a Break
Productivity is also about being able to relax, give yourself a breather, and have some time for yourself. This is what the Bible has to share with us in Psalm 37:7, which says that you should “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.”
Creation Illustrated is one of the best publications to help you take a break from all that needs to be done. It is a getaway to nature, family, and God. Your devotion to living a more productive life begins and ends with you being devoted to your family and God.
You can brighten your perspective on productivity by opening your mind up to what the Creator has to say, what nature has to bring you, and what your family has brought you. A balance of the important things in life helps you be productive and having a good relationship with nature, God, and your family allows this to happen.
Read the Bible at Your Down Times
Before going to bed and when you rise in the morning or whenever you have the time, you should read the Bible. When you are feeling the need to be more productive but do not have the energy to do anything, you can be energized by reading the Bible.
In Psalm 118:8, the Bible shares that “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” This encourages us that Scripture has answers that will uplift and motivate us. In times when you feel down and unproductive, pause to pray and ask God for guidance. Then find an encouraging biblical text to dwell upon.
Focus on One Task At A Time
Some people think that they should always multitask. On the one hand, they can do a lot of things at once, but they are unable to accomplish a lot of other things. With that, people who become too fragmented must learn how to focus on one task at a time in order to be more productive.
Focus has been discussed many times in the Bible. Philippians 3:14, shares that “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”. This means that we should put move toward accomplishing one thing at a time—the one that God is calling us to do. What does God want you to finish despite your busy schedule? When you finish the tasks that God has given you, you will know true productivity.