Are you a productivity nut like me? If so, you understand how people can totally thrive on being productive. We productivity nuts are motivated by it. Our structure comes from lovingly crafting our to-do lists, and perhaps our sense of peace even comes from crossing those items off.
I really, really love my to-do lists. 🙂 I’ve got them on sticky notes at home, on my computer, and on my phone when I’m on-the-go. I love the guidance and purpose that lists seem to bring my day. And even more so, I love completing those items on my list! But this drive to check off item after item after item can feel overwhelming, consuming, and even purposeless. We often include things on our lists and check them off without much thought of the greater picture or purpose. I want to submit that there is a different, even better, way to approach productivity in our day-to-day lives!
4 Strategies for a Healthier Approach to Productivity
1 // Start with purposeful prayer. Each morning, when you sit down to map out your day, your plans, and your list… Pray: “How can I be productive for YOU today, Lord? Use me today to bless others through what I do.” Having this watchful focus will bring purpose back into your day and your to-do list, as you find yourself looking for opportunities to accomplish tasks that will bless others.
2 // Have a hospitality-focused home. It’s one thing to clean just for the sake of cleaning. And yes, I could do that all day! 🙂 But when we really change our attitude – to creating a space that is ready to go and ready to welcome people in – that is when we truly have a purpose-filled housekeeping philosophy! (If you’re not a huge cleaning nut, check out the post I wrote on how to clean your house in just 20 minutes!)
3 // Incorporate selflessness into your to-do list. I know that many to-do lists are already others-centered, which is wonderful, but my own lists can run down the path of “things for Hannah to do for Hannah” if I’m not careful. That’s why I like to include tasks that encourage others on my lists. For example, items may include things like “Mail anniversary card to college friend,” or “Send Mom that funny article.”
4 // Recognize that even the smallest tasks can be purposeful. One of my favorite work-related Bible verses is Colossians 3:23-24, which reminds us: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” And there is even the quote: “We can do small things with great love.” So, even a task as simple and “meaningless” as folding my husband’s T-shirts or wiping off the kitchen table can actually be full of purpose if I do it with love. If I approach even these small projects with an attitude of service and excellence, then I believe God is strengthening my character and bolstering my service mindset for when those bigger tasks come along! Also, then the T-shirts get put away and the kitchen table is then clean. Win win win. 😉
How about you – do you fall into the category of a list lover? 🙂 Are you driven by the desire for productivity like me? How do you approach your lists and your tasks each day with purpose?