3 Tips to Improve Your Productivity Right Now from Tim Challies
Tim Challies defines Christian productivity as,
"Using my gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God."
What a definition! Tim has been a tremendous resource for me personally in a lot of areas over the years, but he has also been (more than anyone) a huge help when it comes to productivity and the Christian life.
We know our time here is limited and our tasks carry eternal significance, therefore, Christian productivity seeks to maximize time and tasks for, "the good of others and the glory of God."
I'm not someone who loves to schedule, make to-do lists, or keep a very organized desk. It's been a struggle of mine and I've been convicted often of the need to change so that I can become a better steward of the time the Lord has given me. One of the things Tim is great at doing is making things practical, so here are three great tips from Tim Challies you can incorporate into your life right now to help you improve your productivity:
1 . BREAK IT DOWN
"Be careful of tasks that are dauntingly huge. 'Write: A Great Novel' is so giant a task you may never begin, and even if you do, you will be unable to track your progress. Break giant tasks into a series of smaller tasks and work through them progressively."
2. MOVE AROUND
"Sometimes a change of scenery is as good as time off. If you are doing creative work, try bouncing from coffee shop to coffee shop, switching every couple of hours. If you usually work from the kitchen table, try switching to a different room for a few hours. The quiet room at the local library is one of my favorite places to hole up for a couple of hours of writing."
3. STOP MULTI-TASKING
"Multi-tasking is rarely effective and almost never leads to increased productivity. Whenever possible choose a task, take it to completion, and then move on to the next one."
Spend some time in prayer and confess your need for the Lord's help in the areas of time-management and productivity. Realize that ultimately, your talents are on loan from Him for you to make much of Christ for His glory and your joy.