Busyness Is Costing Us Way Too Much

by Lee Buford on July 17, 2010

More often than not, it seems, most of us find ourselves treading water in a sea of busyness on a daily basis.

Our professional lives are filled with appointments, meetings, deadlines, and obligations…most of which we’ve come to expect. Our personal lives are consumed with “things”, timelines, running the children to and fro, and social commitments. If we’re lucky there’s time for an occasional movie, game, or other “fun event” actually of our own choosing. And when the hour finally arrives for us to get some rest our minds are usually racing with anticipation and/or anxiety over starting the whole process again tomorrow.

We are all busy…way too busy! And the reality of busyness is that it’s costing each of us a lot, professionally and personally.

The facts are that we aren’t quite the effective multi-taskers we believe ourselves to be. In fact, research now validates what many of us have seen played out in our own lives for years:  multi-tasking is merely doing multiple things without doing ANY of them to our full or desired ability. While we think we are accomplishing more, we are actually accomplishing much less. As a result our busyness is completely counterproductive to our productivity.

While there are many that could be listed, busyness will definitely not produce desired results in the following areas:

  • Wins (personally or professionally)
  • Happiness
  • Peace of Mind
  • Health
  • Growth

And most importantly, busyness will not help you or I grow spiritually! Busyness will not bring us closer to God, but rather it will prohibit us from becoming who He intended us to be.

C. J. Mahaney and the folks at Sovereign Grace Ministries did a great series on Biblical Productivity that I encourage you to go read. They have even included a PDF version you can download for reading at your own pace or sharing with others. In the first part, Mahaney outlines three key take-aways that I think we all need to understand relative to the busyness in our lives:

  • Busyness does not mean I am diligent
  • Busyness does not mean I am faithful
  • Busyness does not mean I am fruitful

Herein is the opportunity…the challenge to become who we were intended to be. Most of us are not accomplishing much in this regards through our current schedules, so it’s time we took a look at other alternatives. It’s time we commit ourselves to becoming MORE by doing LESS…by being productive rather than busy!

Is this an area of opportunity for you? In what areas of life do you need to exchange busyness for productivity and growth?

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