4. Plan for Productivity
“Do I use a timeline or time-block in developing my dreams?”
I love timelines! They are forecasting at its finest. But what if our timelines are what trip us up?
Paul Angone, author of 101 Secrets for your Twenties, explains it best saying, “Our big dreams are not the problem, our crazy timelines are.”
Creating an unrealistic timeline can rush the process and provoke our procrastination. This discouragement is what creates even more delays in achieving our dreams.
Okay, so maybe the timeline of our lives is nothing like we had planned—it does not mean our dreams are dead.
Have you ever lost interest in a project or passion? It was most likely due to self-imposed stress. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 gives us an important view of work when the writer says,
“There is nothing better for men than to rejoice and do good while they live, and also that every man should eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his labor—this is the gift of God.”
Do we find satisfaction in our work or are we avoiding the stress of incomplete tasks?
One way I have learned to reclaim the satisfaction of my work is by using a time-block system within the greater timeline. This is not new stuff but for those of you new to workflow wonders, here is a little lesson in time-blocking.
Instead of constantly looking at the forecasting of an entire timeline, time-blocking stays in the present. It focuses on what is foremost and frames our free time so that we can focus on one task at a time. As someone who thrives on structure, I find that my productivity rises when I have time-frames for each task or objective of the day. Ultimately, this structure decreases stress and also assists in setting aside time for both study and self-care.
So, if you have been feeling stuck and stressed in this season, I hope these strategies can shift your mindset and reframe the why in your workflow. I pray that we may begin to reclaim our calling with more clarity as we pursue our passions with an eternal perspective.
Carley Marcouillier is a northerner by heart southerner by choice, and currently calls Virginia her home. After completing her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, Carley began to develop a passion for integrating the principles of counseling practice with the foundation of Christian theology. In addition to her clinical work, Carley is passionate about discussing topics of faith, theology, psychology, and everything in between on her social media platforms www.carleymarcouillier.com, Instagram, and Facebook.
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