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Pacing Your Productivity

Our 24 year old daughter, Lauren, is a blogger too; she posts with a group of women at http://sozowomen.com/. I thought I would share her latest post with you.

I have an addiction. It causes me to be on an emotional and energetic high, but when it is all said and done, at the end of the day, I am left exhausted and sitting in a big heap of unrest and heaviness.  It’s an addiction that comes in all forms, to all personalities, and all life stages.  For me, it has looked different in every season of life but somehow leaves me with the same end results.  Ok, I’ll just say it: I am addicted to productivity.  I am addicted to my to-do list, in how much and how well I can accomplish, do, create, become.

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“That’s a great thing to be addicted to,” I hear others, “at least you get things done!” Well, no, I have realized that although productivity gives me a buzz in the moment, I can’t seek God at the same time.  This is where the challenge lies.  As I quiet my soul and take my mind off “to-doing”, I find a complete indirect correlation between my productivity addiction and those infamous words that Jesus whispers in my ear. They creep up in my heart and strike a chord—comforting, yet painful.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28-30, ESV

Don’t get me wrong, productivity is good. God loves it (have you read Proverbs 31, yikes!), but when it pulls us away from resting in Him, stealing our peace, we labor (toil, strive) and are heavy laden (burdened, weary). As I read those few verses above, I want to scream, “That’s me! He came for me! He understands!” He came for the weak, the heavy hearted, the one who doesn’t necessarily know how to “find” Him.

We are all on a journey to learn how to constantly hold Jesus’ hand as we walk throughout each day, to find Him in the secret place, to be whole and complete in Him.  Would you join me on this journey? I am going to use these 3 practicals to help me along:

  1. Slow Down.
  2. Pray over your to-do list and what the day holds.
  3. Every time you find yourself focusing on all you need “to do” or heavy situations in life, refocus your mind on Jesus and maybe find a verse (or this one above) to hold on to.

In what ways do you find yourself losing peace? In what ways do you learn to find peace in the midst of labor and busyness?

I'm thinking Lauren will get some help overcoming productivity when the baby arrives.

I’m thinking Lauren will get some help overcoming productivity when the baby arrives.

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  1. Pingback: “Pacing Your Productivity” 11/14/2014 by Lauren, Bill Sweeney’s daughter | God's group

  2. I, too, had an addiction to productivity while I was still a practicing attorney. God finally used health issues to stop me cold, and get my attention.

  3. Those blasted lists controlling our lives. I’m surprised any of us are alive to crawl out from under the burden. I spent far too many years as a workaholic – eighty hours or more at the office each week (and with the government, no overtime as I was in a management). Now that I’m retired I learned after a few years that I had to let the lists go. I was going to live my life and the lists weren’t going to control me or who I am. Yes, I still jot down a note or two to help me remember something but all in all – the massive list no longer has me by the throat.

  4. Such a great point to pray over your to-do list. I really liked your post.

  5. George Hayward on said:

    Your daughter wrote a great post! I had the same revelation last year! I was so busy with clubs, school, and my daily goals list (which I keep with me 24/7 and check constantly) that I realized: this is not the way to be spiritually fulfilled. Even though I depended on God more than ever to get me through the day, I didn’t spend enough time at peace in Him. If anything, I was frantic when I was with Him (or very sleepy). It’s a powerful lesson and I wish your daughter the best going forward!

  6. Congratulations on the upcoming arrival!! Oh yeah, you’ll learn how to slow down once the baby arrives…either that or go nuts! (I have seven kids – I know that of which I speak!)

    \o/

    Great post by the way. Addicted to productivity – that’s a more honest perspective, methinks!

  7. Great post! I completely relate and have to remind myself to be still and wait on God. . . . I love this: “I’m thinking Lauren will get some help overcoming productivity when the baby arrives.” As was the case for me 13 years ago. And God continues to use my three kids to help me overcome productivity. 🙂

    • Lauren Mulvey on said:

      I am starting to get nervous with everyone saying that having children is going to change so much! I am going to have even more lessons to learn and more blogs to post once this baby comes 🙂

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this post! Funny, just before I read, I pulled out my list and almost wrote down something I had just done … just so I could cross it off … yikes … I think I needed to hear this 🙂 blessings to you both!

  9. Lauren, it appears that you have a heart for God and a gift for writing like your Dad does. Your parents have raised you well! The baby will help with learning to “be” rather than to always “do.” I know that I needed to learn this: I am still learning. Even now, when I hear the nudge to “rest,” I am so blessed when I heed the call. Our children never outgrow the need to see the example of Christ modeled in our daily walk.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • Lauren Mulvey on said:

      Thank you for the kind and wise words, Wendy! “Resting” is hard for me as well, but I know it honors God so much when I actually listen, and I always feel refreshed and renewed!

  10. Lauren, you are discovering advanced concepts of the maturing process in Christ! I, too, struggle with to-do lists that are self-generated, with little conscious effort to bring God into the process. Thank you for your wise advice to pray over the list and refocus on Jesus throughout the day.

    Bill. your heart must soar to see your beautiful, wise daughter being used by God!

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