Do you long to have more time in your day? Do you wish you had enough time to check off everything on your to-do list? Do you feel like you will never catch up, like there is always something that needs to be done?
Yeah, me too.
As a wife, mom to six young children, homeschooler, business owner, animal owner and then some…I know how it feels to look at the endless task list you set and wonder how on earth you are supposed to accomplish all that. How does one person make all these things happen in a day?
The thing is…God only gave us twenty-four hours in a day. If He wanted us to accomplish the amount of tasks it should take us thirty six hours to complete, He would have given us thirty-six hours in a day. Right?
The greatest secret to productivity is … LESS
Are you surprised? Not what you expected?
What does “productivity” mean to you? Most people will say something like…finishing everything on my to-do list for the day, completing all my daily tasks etc. Honestly, when was the last time you thought, “I’m so productive that I got it all done.” and didn’t have to wake up and do it all over again?
Doing less will help you accomplish more.
What if productivity was not about getting the everything done, but about getting your priorities done? What if productivity was not about doing it all, but doing the things we love and want to do? What if productivity was not about doing it fast, but doing it well?
How to be more productive by doing less
Learn to Say No.
I am the first to admit that I have a hard time with this. I don’t want to disappoint and I do have a heart to serve, so I say yes. Then, I find myself stressed and burned out. I have learned that I need to say no for my own sanity as well as the well being of my family. People will learn to respect your decision.
What is most important to you? What is most important to your family? What things feed your soul? What things drain you? I realize there are some things you need to do that you may not love, that’s just life. But, can you remove things from your day that really aren’t a priority? Learn how to become unbusy.
Without rest, you will not be at your best. You can not pour from an empty cup. You are less creative and motivated when you don’t rest. Just stop and rest. You are worth it. Your family will thank you.
First Things First.
The thought that you need to multitask is a myth. It is better to concentrate on one task, and one task only. Multitasking can actually inhibit productivity and create un-needed anxiety. When we concentrate on doing more than one thing, at one time, there is no way we can do them all well. Do one thing and do it well. Then, decide if you truly need to move on to the next task, and do only that task well.
Decide what or WHO measures your truth worth.
Your worth is not determined by your to-do list or how many task you cross off your list. That is not what you want to be remembered by, is it? There is someone far greater than all of us…and He measures our worth by what is in our heart. You are worth more, know that. You are worth more than a hectic, task filled day that never seems to have an end. More is not the answer.
There will always be more to do. Choose less and do it well. Choose less and focus on what is important.