In my last post, I addressed a wrong perspective we often have in time management – the perspective that hurrying buys me more time. This week I want to look at a second wrong perspective of time management.
“If I’m busy, I’m being productive.”
Good time management is not just about activity, about being busy, but productivity. What are we accomplishing in our busyness? We can be very busy, but not productive in our time. We can be busy, but not with the things God wants us to be doing.
Rick Warren writes in his book, The Purpose-Driven Life:
“If you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Prune away even good activities and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point?”
Are you busy without purpose? Are you busy for the sake of being busy without really accomplishing anything? Or are you busy with purpose, accomplishing what God wants you to do with the time He has given you?
How are you spending your time? What “busy” activities in your life are not purposeful? Focus your time on the things that matter most in light of eternity.