Why Should We Strive to Be Productive?

Why Should We Strive to Be Productive?

Why Should We Strive to Be Productive?

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We all have hopes and dreams but in addition to these we also have jobs to perform, children to raise, spouses to love, grass to cut, clothes to wash, you get the idea. With such lives we find ourselves in perpetual motion but just because we are always moving and doing does not mean that we are being productive. Tim Ferris says we should, “Focus on being productive instead of busy.” Productivity is effectively stewarding (great word that is seldom used today) your gifts, talents, time and energy to live fruitful lives. The word has its origins in agriculture where a farmer would faithfully work the fields in order to produce something – namely food. From the fruit of their labors they were bringing forth crops that were beneficial to themselves and others. This is productivity in the best sense of the word – producing for not only your good but for the good of the community.
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Unfortunately, the tyranny of the urgent often times takes over and this leads to living lives of busyness but not necessarily ones of productivity. We have been given one life with a finite amount of moments – and they are ticking away one second at a time. With that being said, let me get to the point – you must take the time to think long and hard about what is most important to you and then reorient your priorities in such a way that those priorities are reflected by the way you are using your time. Easy huh. Not really. The tyranny of the urgent is a powerful force not to mention the fact that consistently spending your time and energy on the things that matter most takes a lot of work and commitment. But it’s worth it.
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To be productive doesn’t mean that you have all your boxes checked on your todo list every day. Being productive means you are focusing on the most important priorities in your life and making positive movement on each one with an eye to the future harvest you will one day reap. What are your hopes and dreams? What kind of relationship do you want to have with your children? With your spouse? What big project do you really want to accomplish at work or at home? Whatever they are, write them down, and then start being productive on the things that really matter to you.
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About the author: Todd Cothran is CEO of Whetstone Apps, a pastor, and a time-steward enthusiast. He is passionate about helping people make the most of the time they have been given. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife, four children, and various pets. Connect with Todd at @daymapapp.

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