To say that life is busier now more than ever would be an understatement. I had an interesting conversation with a student just yesterday about managing busy. She discussed with me how she often doesn’t get to sleep until well into the wee hours of the morning, only to sleep an hour or two and get up to go at another day. I wish she wasn’t the norm, but more and more I see the pervasive culture of our times tell us we have to busy in order to matter. If we aren’t busy, aren’t running in 80 directions, then we just aren’t doing anything.
What if we stopped being busy and started being productive?
Too often we interchange busy and productive. A synonym for busy is occupied. One for productive? Fruitful. I think looking at those two synonyms proves just how far we’ve come from the real meanings of those words. It’s easy to claim we are busy with work, projects, meetings, reports, social engagements, coffee, small groups, etc. But what are we producing? In the lives of others? In our own lives? For the betterment?
Busy is easy. We can point to our calendars and prove we are busy. Productive requires much more energy. Much more planning. Intentionality and purpose. It requires a heart and mind in action for fruitfulness.
How will you be productive today?
Let’s stop saying we are too busy and start producing.