On Being Productive
Earlier this week I had a very productive day. Laundry was done, dishes were shiny clean and in their proper places, meals were planned and cooked, and I even mopped. I felt amazing, thankful for a burst of energy and the ability to focus. The next day I stayed on the couch most of the day. Chuckling, I found myself thinking, “Well, I made up for yesterday’s productivity today!” Just as I was about to post that on Facebook, a little voice whispered to me, “What HAVE you done today?” Hmmm….
I’d been writing, reading, and working on my blog. The little voice followed up with another question, “Isn’t that what I’ve called you to do?”
I have to remind myself that writing is my chosen profession and that job requires a lot of sitting, introspection, and what might appear to others as laziness. I have to remind myself that right now there isn’t that much house work to do and when it’s done, I’m free to focus on writing. I need exercise, I need experiences to write about, and of course the house work must be done. But I’m a writer and taking time to write is NOT wasting time.
It’s my goal to become intentional about SPENDING my time writing and not giving in to the accusing voices that try to tell me my work isn’t legitimate or productive. It is certainly important to do the work of taking care of my home and husband with excellence, but it is equally important to take the time to do the work I’ve been called to do.
I’m so thankful to God for giving me the time and energy to focus on writing. There probably won’t always be so much time available to me. I want to spend the time I have available focusing on this calling I feel so strongly. I wonder how many of us allow guilt or fear to stop us from focusing on enriching our souls and walking fully into the thing we feel called to do?
Reply to this post and let me know: What goal do YOU need to make a priority?