Hi, my name is Tina and I’m a work-a-holic. Step one is always admitting the problem, right? That being said this will be my last post on “God’s Kid Speaks” until further notice. I’m trying to do too much, so I’m being tugged to let “God’s Kid” rest to shift my focus soley to “Pippi’s Poetry.” I’m not balanced. I need to learn to process my thoughts in smaller portions and enjoy both life and my time with God.

That being said, Ecclesiastes and Proverbs are a treasure trove of wisdom. Both of these books of the Bible are chalk full of great advice on how to lead a productive, yet, balanced life. When it comes to productivity, there are three basic personality types. Which category describes you best?

 

Type One: The Lazy Person

 

This type of person thinks very little about how they can contribute, not only to their own care, wellbeing and growth, but also to the needs of others. The Bible can teach us a lot about this personality type. Proverbs alone has a lot to say about the sluggard.

 

Reasons why people are lazy:

 

 

 

 

 

  • They aren’t prudent. They don’t think about the future. (Proverbs 10:5)

 

 

 

“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” -Proverbs 13:4(NKJV)

 

Type Two: The Workaholic

 

The Workaholic thrives on doing for themselves and others, but tends to bury themselves in their work. This is not only detrimental to themselves, but can create problems for the people around them. Knowing our limits, and living within them is key to achieving balance. Trusting and learning from Jesus will help the workaholic to take that load off. (Matthew 11:28-30)

 

Reasons why people may work too hard:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type Three: The Wise, Diligent Worker

 

This person sets the bar high, but learns how high they can jump. They not only pay attention to their own needs, but they’re also sensitive to the needs of many. They get away for times of refreshing, but they don’t stay away. Once they fuel back up, they’re all fired up and ready to get back to work. They enjoy their work and the good things that God has given them (Ecclesiastes 5:1-20, Ecclesiastes 6:1-2), and they are content with what they have. (Ecclesiastes 4:5-6)

 

Reasons why people are diligent workers:

 

  • They love and respect God

 

  • They have wisdom

 

 

  • They are mature and upright.

 

  • They find both pride and joy in their work.

 

  • They think about others.

 

  • They think about the future

 

“From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” –Proverbs 12:14

 

“A man who works hard sleeps in peace. It is not important if he has little or much to eat. But a rich person worries about his wealth. He cannot sleep.” –Ecclesiastes 5:12

 

“God’s Kid” is a Combo

 

To be honest, I think I’m a combination of “Type Two” and “Type Three.” I have a bad habit of biting off more than I can chew, not due to jealousy, greed or discontent, but because I’m very zealous for good works! I recently learned, however, that I can seek to find my identity in my work rather than in Jesus. I also don’t like to fail anyone.  This mindset can cause me to burn out fast.  I lack that balance, so I tend to trip over myself. I do take time to refuel and refresh, but I usually do it when I’m already burning out. However, I’m very content with the good things that God has given me, and I thoroughly enjoy the work that I have to do. I want to be used by God, but I need to remember that my identity is in Him, not my work! Basically, I need more rest, peace and joy to balance out my gung-ho mentality.

 

The Solution?

 

  • Learn how high I can comfortably jump

 

  • Take time for myself (without feeling guilty) Woman can be pros at feeling guilty for not being everything to everyone. Schedule breaks and set boundaries.

 

  • Dream smaller: set smaller goals, and take life one day at a time. I can look way too far ahead and feel as if I’m getting nowhere and achieving nothing instead of enjoying the moments.

 

  • Have a game plan: this one’s tough for me because I’m working around unpredictable health issues, BUT I’ve created a flexible schedule that has options for both good health days and poor health days. Hopefully this will help

 

  • ENJOY more friendship and fellowship!

 

  • Trust God

 

  • Give things to the Lord!

 

  • Spend time alone with Jesus (Prayer, Study, Praise and Worship music)

 

  • Listen to wisdom and heed good advice!

 

How about you? Do you have a game plan, or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants!? 😯 Do you listen to advice, or are you wise in your own eyes? (Proverbs 3:7)😕 Do you fit neatly into one of the three productivity types, or are you working your way towards becoming a type three!? 😃

9 thoughts on “Productivity: Three Personality Types

  1. I’m definitely a combo of two and three but definitely more so number two…glad that you know your limits, I need to get better about that for sure!!! ❤️you Tina!!

  2. I thought you made a great point with “eager to do good” for the workaholic. Sometimes a persons intentions can be good but the timing of things still must be submitted to the Lord. If God gives us a vision it has to come to past in His way and timing.

  3. I also tend to bite off more than I can chew. I am striving to follow God’s path and learn to let go, enjoy, and find peace. Peace and blessings Tina! – Jeanne

  4. I definitely get th need to pull back n regroup…th Lord been revealing in me th huge difference between His strength (righteousness) and my strength (th arm of flesh)…
    Hope u enjoy ur rest and walkin in the newness of life that this will be..

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