Productivity is a hot topic. There are entire books written about it. Podcasts devoted to it. And countless articles you can find online to dive into the issue. The first time I explored this subject was just after college. I was two years into my career and wanted to become more effective and use my time more wisely. So I picked up a book, read it, and began implementing some productivity practices in my life. These habits proved helpful, especially as life got busier and kids came along.
But there is a danger in pursuing productivity. As with all good quests, there is a risk of going too far. When it comes to productivity, the peril is burnout. As you pursue managing your time better, the lure of squeezing more and more into the same amount of time grows greater. This is exactly where the blind spot can kill you. At the end of the day, there will always only be 24 hours in every day. This means you will only ever be able to fit 24 hours’ worth of productivity in a day.
So how does one pursue being more productive while avoiding the pitfall of burnout? Unfortunately, many do not. There is a trail of productivity pursuers lying in the ditch of burnout. Yet simultaneously, there is another trail of effective time managers who got a lot done but finished well. One of those is 18th-century writer and pastor John Gill. While Gill may not be a modern-day time-blocking wiz, there are at least “8 Lessons on Productivity without Burnout” we can learn from him and Tim Wilson shares them.
As one who is always looking for a good way to save time and get more done, burnout is often right around the river bend. But reading about others who appear to be “overachievers” and how they avoided breaking down is helpful. The eight lessons Gill exemplified are all helpful, but I could get used to #8 while continuing to work on #3 and #6. Which one of these eight do you feel you could improve most? Which ones do you do well? As always, I’d love to hear from my readers and don’t forget to be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day.
Until Next Time…