Christian Business Strategist
Divinely Driven Results
Being productive in your business with God's help can lead to increased revenue, better time management, improved quality of work, and increased confidence.
Productivity can be a real struggle in business, with an endless to-do list, distractions, and interruptions. The pressure to hustle and grind for success can lead to burnout, so finding a balance between pushing yourself and allowing rest is important. Let’s explore being productive while caring for yourself and seeking God's help.
Building a successful business requires more than having a great product or service and hoping for the best. It requires consistent effort, intentional promotion, marketing, following up with potential clients, and being willing to stretch and grow to serve customers better. Ultimately, it's about taking responsibility for your part in the business's success and being proactive in your approach.
Being productive is essential for the growth and success of your business; however, we can often fall victim to some myths about what productivity is:
Myth # 1 - Productivity means working long hours: The belief that productivity means working long hours suggests that the amount of time spent working is directly proportional to the level of productivity achieved.
Burnout: Working long hours can lead to burnout, resulting in physical and mental exhaustion, a lack of motivation, and decreased productivity.
Poor Health: Working long hours can also lead to poor health, including increased stress levels, weight gain, and a lack of sleep.
Decreased Creativity: Working long hours can reduce creativity, as you focus more on completing tasks rather than exploring new ideas.
Strained Relationships: Working long hours can lead to strained relationships with family and friends, as you may have less time to spend with them.
It is more effective to focus on working smarter, not harder, and to prioritize tasks based on their importance and impact on achieving goals. By using time efficiently and effectively, individuals can achieve greater productivity in less time rather than working longer hours.
Myth # 2 - Multitasking is productive: The belief that multitasking is productive suggests that doing multiple tasks simultaneously can increase efficiency and productivity.
Decreased Productivity: Multitasking can reduce productivity, as your brain constantly switches between tasks, leading to errors and distractions.
Poor Quality Work: Multitasking can also result in poor quality work, as you may not be able to give each task your full attention and may make mistakes.
Increased Stress: Multitasking can be stressful, as it requires your brain to switch focus constantly and can result in a feeling of being overwhelmed.
Missed Opportunities: Multitasking can cause you to miss important details or opportunities, as you may not be entirely focused on each task.
Research has shown that the brain is not designed to handle multiple tasks at once and that trying to do so can actually reduce productivity and increase mistakes. Instead, focusing on one task at a time and giving it your full attention is often more effective.
Myth # 3 - Productivity is only about work: The belief that productivity means accomplishing only work-related tasks and not self-care, personal development, and other non-work related activities.
Poor Work-Life Balance: Focusing solely on work can lead to a poor work-life balance, decreasing productivity and overall well-being.
Neglected Relationships: Focusing only on work can also lead to neglected relationships, which can cause strain and feelings of loneliness.
Decreased Creativity: Focusing solely on work can reduce creativity, as you may not be taking time to explore new ideas or hobbies.
Burnout: Focusing solely on work can lead to burnout, as you may not take time for self-care and relaxation.
It's essential to recognize that productivity can encompass a balance of work and non-work-related activities, leading to overall well-being and increased productivity.
Being productive in your business with God's help can lead to increased revenue, better time management, improved quality of work, and increased confidence. By understanding productivity myths and incorporating the following strategies into your daily routine, you can achieve tremendous success in your business while relying on God for help.
First, it’s essential in business, and business growth to adopt the habit of focus in all strategies. Without focus, it's easy to become distracted by non-essential tasks, lose momentum, and fail to make progress toward your goals. You can increase your chances of success by prioritizing focus in every aspect of your business.
This means focusing on high-priority tasks, minimizing distractions, and maintaining a clear and concise vision for your business. It also means being intentional about your time and energy and using them wisely to impact your business growth significantly. In short, making focus a habit can help you streamline your efforts, achieve more in less time, and ultimately drive the growth and success of your business.
🔎Maintain your focus and avoid distractions. Keep your eyes fixed on your goals, and don’t be swayed by external distractions.
"Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee." -Proverbs 4:25
🔎Focus on the present moment and what is ahead, and not dwelling on the past allows you to move forward and achieve your goals.
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before." -Philippians 3:13
🔎Focus on Jesus and follow His example. By keeping your eyes fixed on Him, you can stay on the right path and overcome any challenges that come your way.
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:2
Remember, it’s important to focus on one thing at a time. Whenever you feel yourself wavering - in courage, spirit, funds, or focus. Go to God in prayer, and He will be there for you, helping you fight the distractions and banish your Inner Dream Stealer.
As a business owner, enhance your relationship with God and welcome His help. Here are some tips to stay productive in your SPAs (Spiritual-Producing-Activities):
Start your day with Daily Daddy Daughter Time - Set aside time every morning to be present with God and listen for His guidance. Use this time to read scripture, pray, and meditate on His word. This focused time with God will help you start your day on the right foot and provide clarity and direction for the rest of the day.
Host weekly Business Meetings with God - Like Daily Daddy Daughter Time, set aside time to discuss your business each week with God. Use this time to ask for guidance, pray for specific issues or concerns, and seek His wisdom and direction for your business. By involving God in your business decisions, you can trust that you are making decisions in alignment with His will.
Remember that faith without works is dead - While seeking God's guidance and relying on His help is essential, it's equally important to work and tend to your business's needs. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that God will do the work for you. Instead, trust that you will succeed by putting in the work and keeping God at the forefront of your business.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." - James 2:26
Faith must be accompanied by action to be effective. By putting in the work and seeking God's guidance, we can achieve our goals and fulfill our purpose in life and business.
Partnering with God in your business can bring incredible benefits and pave the way for success. As Deuteronomy 31:8 reminds us,
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
Trust in God's guidance and rely on His help; you will see the fruits of your labor in your business and life.
Income Producing Activities (IPAs) are the tasks and actions that can directly generate revenue for your business. These activities are the lifeblood of any business, and their successful completion is vital for growth and profitability.
To be productive in income-producing activities, here are 5 tips:
Identify your most profitable activities: Determine which activities generate the most revenue for your business and prioritize them accordingly. Usually, these are sales calls or direct messaging, but they also could be marketing to generate new leads or collaborations.
Set clear goals: Before you start working on income-producing activities, set specific goals you want to achieve. Set specific income goals for each week, month, and quarter, and then prioritize the actions that will help you achieve those goals.
Schedule high-priority tasks first: Not all income-producing activities are equally important. Identify the tasks that impact your revenue most and focus on those first. This might include following up with leads, closing sales, and launching new products or services.
Delegate non-essential tasks: Delegate non-essential tasks to others or outsource them so that you can focus on your highest income-producing activities.
Eliminate distractions: Avoid distractions by creating a distraction-free workspace, turning off notifications, setting a timer, and managing your internal focus and mindset. Stay disciplined and committed, and prioritize your goals.
Tracking your Income Producing Activities (IPAs) and Spiritual Producing Activities (SPAs) while seeking guidance from God can be an incredibly effective strategy for staying focused and productive in your business. Using a Planner or Journal to track your daily tasks and progress, you can stay on top of your most important IPAs and SPAs and ensure you progress toward your goals while seeking His will.
Keeping track of your IPAs can help you focus on the activities that directly contribute to your revenue and business growth. By prioritizing these tasks and setting specific goals, you can ensure that you're consistently taking steps toward generating income for your business. Additionally, seeking God's guidance through weekly Business Meetings with God can provide clarity and wisdom as you prioritize your IPAs and make critical business decisions.
At the same time, tracking your SPAs can help you maintain a healthy work-life balance and avoid burnout. By dedicating time to these activities, you can recharge your energy and keep your focus and motivation, which will ultimately help you be more productive in your IPAs while staying aligned with God's purpose for your business.
Five Reasons To Track Your Productivity:
Increased Awareness: Tracking your productivity helps you become more aware of how you spend your time and where you might be wasting it.
Motivation: Seeing progress over time can be incredibly motivating and help you stay on track toward your goals.
Accountability: Tracking your productivity can help you hold yourself accountable for your actions and make adjustments when needed.
Improved Time Management: By tracking how you spend your time, you can identify areas where you can be more efficient and make adjustments to better manage your time.
Greater Success: With increased awareness, motivation, accountability, and improved time management, tracking your productivity can ultimately lead to greater success in your personal and professional life.
Productivity is vital for the growth and success of any business, but it should not come at the cost of your physical, emotional, or spiritual health. The myths surrounding productivity can lead to burnout, decreased creativity, and strained relationships.
Focusing on high-priority tasks, minimizing distractions, and maintaining a clear vision for your business are crucial for making progress toward your goals. By incorporating these strategies and being intentional about your time and energy, you can achieve greater success in your business while taking care of yourself and relying on God for help.
✔️Questions to consider for improved productivity:
Am I prioritizing high-priority tasks and minimizing distractions in my workday?
Am I working longer hours or using my time efficiently and effectively?
Am I multitasking, or am I focusing on one task at a time and giving it my full attention?
Am I neglecting non-work-related activities like self-care, personal development, and relationships?
Am I maintaining a clear and concise vision for my business, focusing on the present moment, and not dwelling on the past?
Am I regularly reviewing my business decisions with God during our Business Meetings to ensure that they align with His will and direction?
Am I setting aside enough time for Daily Daddy-Daughter Time to seek God's guidance and clarity before diving into my daily tasks and responsibilities?
Elise is a Christian Business Strategist, speaker and owner of Divinely Driven Results who lives in Utah with her husband of 15 years, their pup-son Spike and have a baby boy (their miracle baby) on the way. She empowers faith-filled women entrepreneurs to reach their sales goals by partnering with God, empowering their mindset, and teaching them to implement biblical business strategy. Elise has been coaching for over 14 years and loves to see her clients reach their goals and answer their calling by helping them to lay a strong foundation in their business and gain a closer relationship with God to build their business in the Lord’s way as opposed to the world’s way. Her purpose is to help women remember their power as a daughter of God and utilize that to build their Kingdom Business and fulfill the calling God has given them.