Do you ever struggle with finding the right balance in our busy world?
On the one hand we don’t want to be lazy sluggards…
I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. (Proverbs 24:30-34)
…but on the other hand, we don’t want to be distracted, anxious and troubled about many things, while neglecting the one thing that is necessary. (See Luke 10:38-42)
I have a confession to make: I have a love/hate relationship with the concept of “productivity.”
I love the idea of accomplishing goals that will have far-reaching impact on the lives of people in my life.
I love the idea of spending more time with those most important to me in ways that bear fruit beneficial to all involved and which brings glory to God.
But I hate the idea of trying to get more done.
Are you kidding me? I already feel like I can’t get my head above the tide of to-dos, projects, meetings, and so forth that swamp my schedule and swim in my head each night when I’m trying to go to sleep.
I don’t want to do MORE. I want to DO LESS but get more results in the right areas of my life.
I want LESS busy-work, and MORE soul-satisfying, life-changing, kingdom-advancing endeavors.
I long for LESS superficial encounters and MORE meaningful investments in my relationships.
It’s not that I don’t want to work hard.
Actually, I’m not proud to admit it, but I can be a bit, er…, overzealous when it comes to my ministry.
I’ll spend Saturdays working on a blog post, Bible study, or online course and not give a thought about the dishes piled up in the sink.
When Matt and the boys are off on one of their hunting or fishing trips, I’ll jump on my computer at 10 am and still be there at 3:00 am (yep, you read that right: a.m. as in 3 in the morning!)
And if I’m not intentional about shutting things down in the evening, I will catch myself telling Matt at 8 pm, “I just want to finish this one quick thing.” Then at 8:45 I wonder why he’s irritated when I’m just then appearing to hang out with him. (I know, wife-of-the year, right?)
I already do a LOT. I don’t want to know how to do MORE in less time.
Which is why I absolutely LOVE the approach Michael Hyatt takes when he talks about being more productive.
When Michael teaches his students about “productivity,” he doesn’t focus on the old framework of be more efficient; get more done in less time. Rather he helps us adopt an entirely different way of thinking about “productivity”. It sounds a lot more like what the Bible terms “being a good steward” of the blessings God has bestowed on us.
In his upcoming FREE masterclass,“The 7 Deadly Sins of Productivity: The Hidden Habits Undermining Your Performance (And How to Change Them)” Michael will be talking LESS about traditional concepts of productivity and MORE about having the freedom to be focused & immersed in the task at hand.
In other words, he’ll help us focus on being better stewards of the good works which God prepared in advance and created us to do (see Eph 2:10) and learn how to eliminate the things stealing our focus.
So if you’re fed up with the never-ending list of trivial to-dos and you’re ready to scale back the late nights (**Can I get an Amen?**), then register for Michael’s workshop.
I’m going to attend the one on Monday (9/25) at 10 am CST if you want to join me. If that time doesn’t work, you’ll see he has nine other options to choose from.
When you’re sipping a pumpkin spice latte and kicking back with the good book, or spending quality time with the people God has placed in your life, instead of cranking out “just one more to-do”, you can thank my mentor, Michael.
I know I certainly will be saying a prayer of thanksgiving for his wisdom and willingness to share it.
Blessings of truth and grace,
P.S. Join me for the free workshop:“The 7 Deadly Sins of Productivity: The Hidden Habits Undermining Your Performance (And How to Change Them).”
I’ve learned so much about how to create my online ministry, write and publish my Bible studies, and so much more from this godly man. I wouldn’t be sharing this free training with you if I wasn’t confident it would be amazing and worth your/our time.
So, before your mountain of projects and “have to get these done” lists pile any higher, reserve your spot at Michael’s free workshop and put it on your calendar.