It always feels a little funny to focus too hard on productivity. As Christians, we know that being productive itself is not our goal. Fulfilling our vocations is the goal; knowing, loving, and serving God and others is the goal. Far from keeping us on a hamster wheel of activity, our faith calls us to set aside a day each week to rest.
But at the right time, productivity can be an important means to the end of fulfilling our vocations. We aren’t called to be productive all the time, but we are called to make the best use of the time God has given us. Writer H. Jackson Brown Jr. put it so well when he said,
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
Of course, we don’t all have the talents these people had! But it’s still a good idea to pause and assess how we spend our time. Are we making good use of the hours in our days? Are we using the brief time we have on earth as well as we can?
When it’s time to rest, let’s really rest and enjoy the gift of leisure. And when it’s time to work, let’s work with our whole hearts and give our best efforts. Our work can be our offering to God.
When it’s time to work, productivity hacks can make such a difference. They help us to “work smarter, not harder” and excel at our work with greater efficiency.
Social media is full of clever life hacks (just try searching “hacks” on any platform!). TikTok in particular is a goldmine of ideas for productivity hacks, thanks to its mostly young users who’ve found ways to use technology to save time. And we can all benefit from their advice!
Here are 3 of the best productivity hacks on TikTok that can help you make the best use of the time God has given you.
Time blocking involves dividing up your to-do list for the day or week into separate blocks of time. Similar activities are grouped together, so you can give your full attention to them during their block, and then move on to the next thing when their time is up. This TikTok video explains the system: