Life is difficult and overwhelming. There is so much weighing on our minds, bodies, and emotions. How do you deal with it all? How does this relate to your health and wellness? In this article I want to share how I took control of my productivity and how it related to gaining health and wellness. You can take control of your life and health!
I have read numerous books on productivity and listened to podcasts by many the “experts” in the field. Two in particular have revolutionized the way I look at productivity and affected the way in which I live my life. Had I not learned how to be productive and manage my time and life, I don’t believe I would be in the health I am today. I may not have had the motivation to keep going when I first started keto.
A Right View of Productivity
The best book on productivity that I have read is Matt Perman’s “What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get things Done.” The book relates productivity to the gospel and its work and influence in your life. The goal of your productivity should not be to get more “things” done but rather to free up time in order to serve more people for the sake of the gospel. This transformed my thinking about becoming more productive!
“The essence of GDP (Gospel Driven Productivity) is this: We are to use all that we have, in all areas of life, for the good of others, to the glory of God–and that this is the most exciting life.”Matt Perman, “What’s Best Next.” 28.
Another excellent book on this subject was by Tim Challies, “Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity.” What I learned most from Challies was writing a mission statement to guide my productivity. Everything I do should flow from my mission and mission should be gospel centered.
Productivity is important, but not the goal. The goal must be serving others with the gospel. Anything short of this is self-serving and busyness. You need to transform your thinking into how you can serve those around you rather than how you can get more done. When you are productive you are able to get the same amount done quicker. This allows time to serve others and open gospel opportunities.
Practice Goal Setting
Do you set regular goals? Are they attainable? And if they are, do you reach them? This is the first year that I practiced goal setting and it has been incredible. I recommend you read Michael Hyatt’s “Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals.” Hyatt lays out a simple to follow, yet effective method for setting and achieving annual goals.
“If you don’t find your goals personally compelling, you won’t have the motivation to push through when things get tough or tedious.”Michael Hyatt, “Your Best Year Ever.” 116.
Whether you are striving to advance at work, lose weight, run a marathon, or develop a better relationship with your spouse, you need realistic and achievable goals. I can’t say that I have achieved all of my goals as I’m still learning the process, but it certainly has been my best year ever and I attribute that to practicing goal setting.
Develop a System
You need a system to help you remain on task, achieve your goals, and stay productive. This will look different for every person, but everyone needs a system. What works best for you?
- Do you prefer technology?
- Are you easily distracted by technology?
- Do you remember better when writing by hand?
Hyatt advocates a hybrid productivity system with the primary system being a traditional, physical planner. I am a big fan of technology and was skeptical at first about using a physical planner, but decided to try the Full Focus Planner and love it! Purposefully writing out my daily tasks, and limiting them to a daily Big 3, has been phenomenal in my being productive. I highly recommend the Full Focus Planner to anyone looking to up their productivity game!
I also use and recommend a technology solution to work alongside the physical planner. I currently use Todoist for project and task management. I use this to store projects and tasks that need to be done, but are not immediate. This helps to ensure you don’t forget or overlook anything that is important, but not immediate. I also use Apple Calendar, but have used Google calendar in the past. For notes, I highly recommend Evernote (sign-up and get free premium).
You don’t have to have all of the answers to begin. Just make the decision to start being more productive. It starts with little steps. Set a couple of goals, research some software and planner options, order a book and start learning. Contact me if you are looking for more personalized direction in this area. I want to see you succeed!
What step are you going to take to be productive?