Productivity

Let’s call it what it is-Laziness.

I am really busy. School, work, goals, family, home, friends, volunteering, church-it all has to get done and I want to do all of it!

A lot of people that I follow talk about taking things off of your plate when you are overwhelmed, and I totally agree. I’ve actually done that this past year.

But now that I  am down to fewer good things, why am I still stressed and not getting things done?

If I can be honest, it comes down to laziness.

You wouldn’t know it by how many planners are filled out and systems that have been created and podcasts that I’ve listened to. But in reality, laziness is a struggle for me and I am having to learn how to conqueror it day by day.

Even the Bible talks about it!

Proverbs 6:6-8 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.

Proverbs 6:9-11 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest”– Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.

Ephesians 5:16 making the most of your time,

This isn’t a new struggle. There is nothing new under the sun, and I know that people have learned how to conquer this.

Here’s how it looks for me and why I am starting to take laziness as a serious problem.

When I’m lazy, I don’t get things done. When I don’t get things done, then I get stressed. Then I get anxious. Then overwhelmed and the thoughts of ‘there’s no way you can do anything’ pop into my head and tend to stay for a little while.

Through God’s grace, my goal is to defeat this sin at the first step. The laziness. The knowing that I should be doing something else, but not doing it.

I’ve come up with a few actions steps that I am going to get printed out and put near my desk.

  1. Turn off my phone. (social media is a huge time waster for me and my go-to when I’m being lazy!
  2. Wash my face. It feels like a fresh start!
  3. Drink some water. I don’t do enough of this anyway.
  4. Scan my to-do list or make one and pick one thing that I can do.
  5. Make my bed.
  6. Look at the sign in my office that says “the plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance.”
  7. Take out the trash. Seems odd, but freshening up my space helps me!
  8. Think about what I don’t know how to do on my list. Fear often leads to laziness.
  9. Walk outside and get the mail.
  10. Pray for peace about the hardest my daunting task of the day. Peace that passes all understanding.

After this, I’m going to take one small step. Get the paperwork out, break the task into smaller parts, read the first paragraph, send the email, open the document, watch a video explaining something I don’t understand. Then, I am going to take the next logical step, then the next and before I know it, I’ll be finished with the task and ready to move on to the next one.

Remember, this is a heart problem, not a physical problem at the root. {And in this post, I’m not talking about burnout or exhaustion. I’m talking about a fully rested person not getting things accomplished like she should be!}

Be encouraged. If you’re struggling with this, you’re not the only one. This can be overcome.

-Lydia

 

 

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