Staying productive can be very challenging at times. You start your day with your goals and priorities in check but then something comes up along the way. You get distracted by social media and you end up watching a bunch of videos about self-improvement. You rationalize that you need these videos to help you become more productive. But at the end of the day, you were not able to finish the tasks you have set for yourself.
Sometimes you simply don’t have enough drive and motivation to do your most important tasks for the day. You struggle to keep your focus and you give up being productive.
Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. Distractions, time-wasters, lack of drive and motivation, and other enemies of productivity will always be there. What matters is you keep pushing through all the challenges and focus on staying productive.
Let me give you 4 tips to help you stay productive:
- Start the day with God.
How you start your day greatly impacts your mood and your posture for the rest of the day. Jesus regularly prayed early in the morning. That shows that his priority was to be with his Father and to do his will upon his life.
Start your day by calling upon the name of the Lord. Simply whisper, “Lord Jesus”. Say it over and over a few times, turning your heart to him and surrendering everything to him. Calling upon his name means you need God more than anything. Without him, you can do nothing.
Commit your day to God and set your intention to fulfill God’s purpose and plan for you for that day. “Let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
- Remember that you were created to be fruitful.
God’s mandate to Adam was to be fruitful, multiply and subdue the earth. And God doesn’t give us a task we are not capable of doing. This means fruitfulness, multiplication, and ruling the earth are all part of our functions as human beings.
You were created to be fruitful and that is your identity. Productivity is in your DNA. Every part of your body is wired to bear fruit. Productivity is not something you strive to become. All you need to do is trust in God and walk in your identity.
- Do everything God’s way.
You won’t make it doing your own thing. Adam and Eve chose to do their own thing when they ate the forbidden fruit and because of that, they were banished from the garden of Eden.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
- Don’t focus on the results.
Just remain faithful in fulfilling God’s purpose and assignment for your life and he will take care of the results. Our job is to serve well. Finish the task at hand and God will take care of the outcome.
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