Friday, 17 February 2017

Laws of Productivity

On Sunday I had the privilege of speaking to the youths of my Church on the Laws of Productivity. Below is an unabridged and updated version of my message.

Text: John 15:1-2, Luke 13:6-9
Productivity by definition means a measure of the efficiency of a person, machine, factory system etc. in converting inputs into useful outputs.
It also means the quality, state or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance or bring forth goods and services.
It can also be defined as the rate at which goods are produced or work is completed.
In a nutshell, productivity in my own definition is being able to harness and effectively utilize available resources to achieve a desired end. It the ability to convert inputs (resources: time, money, talent, people) into meaningful outputs (goals or objectives )
It has one thing to write down our goals and plans for the year which I believe a lot of us have done. It is quite another to translate the goals and plans into reality. Productivity is all about translating your plans into tangible and meaningful results.

To be productive, there are laws you must master and respect or else, you will be a great waster.   
1) LAW OF INERTIA: Overcome Inertia or what they call breaking the seal of hesitation is the first law of productivity. According to Newton’s first law of Motion also known as the law of inertia, whatever is at rest remains at rest and whatever is in motion continues in motion unless some (external) force is applied. There seems to be this feeling of hesitation whenever you want to chat a new cause or blaze a trail. The moment you give in to this feeling, procrastination sets in. The moment you continue to procrastinate, your goals (and plans) are at rest and will remain at rest until you break the seal of hesitation. Most times we get lost in planning indefinitely.
Learn to take the first step doing whatever task is at hand. Often time, first steps are ice breakers. Highly productive individuals know this secret. They know how to challenge themselves into taking action.
What’s holding you back from taking the first step in pursuit of your goal? Ask yourself that question and if you are sincere, you will find the answer. For some, it is fear and for others, it is insecurity while for others, it is just laziness!