There is nothing wrong with taking on projects and having a full schedule, nothing at all. But:
- Are things getting done?
- Is God still getting his time?
- Are the things you are currently working on getting all of your attention?
- Are you constantly staring at a phone or tablet while in a meeting or in conversation with someone?
- Are you working on tons of things for months at a time but have very little to show for it?
- Or are you filling your schedule with pointless, or easy tasks so that you don’t have to face something?
Ahhh something is missing here. And one of those somethings is your ability to remain present. I’m convinced staying present with what is happening in your right now boosts productivity like 510%. (I made those figures up, we know I don’t do math).
I’m overly tired of being busy with nothing getting done. And for the tasks that are being completed, I‘m tired of them not getting 100% of me. So, I’m going to share 4 tips I had to tell myself this week to get back to the right here right now *side note have you read that blog? Read it here.
1. Slow down
Does it always feel like you’re rushing? Like, no matter what you’re doing you rush through so you can get to the next task on your to do list? Stop that! Slow down! Your present deserves 100% of your attention. What is happening in front of you? Who are the random individuals walking by? Should this task even be on your list? We miss out on so much because we live in the next moment instead of the present. Oh, and lift your head up out of your phone! I promise you your timeline and notifications will be there when you are done.
2. Be flexible
While some of us may have really good days and get everything we planned for the day done, this doesn’t happen
3. Ask God
Technically, we should be praying for God to lead us and help us prioritize (Proverbs 3:5-6). When we pray these prayers it shouldn’t be done just because it sounds good. If we allow God to schedule our plans then it will decrease our likelihood of burnout, keep us from going where we shouldn’t, and dealing with people that we don’t need to. Everything would be and should be done with purpose. God shows us how to do that. It’s okay to say a quick prayer, “Lord guide my footsteps today so that I am productive in you” and then let him. Just don’t be frustrated when your whole schedule switches up or you only do 2 things out of your scheduled 9.
4. Boss up
If something needs to be done, I don’t care if it’s boring, scary, difficult or whatever else, boss up and just get it done. Wasting time with meaningless activities isn’t going to move you forward. Make it happen and I’m sure you’ll release a burden!
Be fully engaged in your now and have a productive week!