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'I’m Busy': 4 Ways You Can Overcome Busyness in Your Life

Health and Growth

'I’m Busy': 4 Ways You Can Overcome Busyness in Your Life

“How are you doing?”

What’s the first response that comes to your mind when you read that question?

If you’re like most people in the United States, you probably answered, “I’m busy.”

Busyness is more than a half-hearted response we give to family and friends in passing. Based on a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, busyness is a new status symbol we gladly adorn around our neck for everyone to see.

A life of busyness can make us feel important, and pulling back the curtain of our “tumultuous" schedule for others to see can give us a sense of pride.

For some adults, there’s a legitimacy to their busyness. The average full-time employee reports working on average 47 hours per week. And, if you happen to be a parent, forget about time management. Your time is consumed with a litany of activities with no end.

For many, busyness is less of a problem and more of a perception. According to The Economist, “people in rich countries have more leisure time than they used to.” For people living in the United States, we work 12 hours less per week than our parents or grandparents did 40 years ago.

Busyness is more than a problem of technological advancements and poor time management. It’s a long-term problem that can result in significant stress and health problems, and, most importantly of all, busyness can lead you away from pursuing Jesus. In the words of Adrian Rogers, “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”

Here are four ways you can confront busyness in your life, and overcome its physical and spiritual effects.

#1. Spend time with Jesus

Removing obligations from your life or becoming more efficient with your time are short-term solutions. If busyness for you is more of a perception problem, then the only way you can transform your perspective is to have it realigned by God.

In Crazy Busy, pastor and author Kevin DeYoung points out, “Making consistent time for the Word of God and prayer is the place to start because being with Jesus is the only thing strong enough to pull us away from busyness."

Before you consider making significant changes in your life or strive to become more efficient with your time, take a page from Martha’s book and sit at the Lord’s fit and listen to his teaching (Luke 10:38-42).

#2. Take a Sabbath

The flurry of activity in your daily schedule does not equal faithfulness in the sight of God.

God's not impressed with how much work we’re able to accomplish. He created the world in six days and rested on the seventh day (Gen. 1). I don’t think there’s anything we can do during the week that will remotely compare to what he accomplished with one day off.

I imagine God has the same question for us that he posed to Job several thousand years ago, when he asked, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” (Job 38:4)

God has given us the gift of the Sabbath to take a break from our work. Not only did God give us this gift to enjoy, but he gave us the Sabbath as a way of reminding us that we’re dependent upon him.   

This week, do yourself a favor and take a Sabbath. God desires for you to cease from your constant striving to rest and refresh yourself in him.

#3. Remember to sleep

Do you sleep less than Jesus?

If you’re an adult in the United States, there’s a good chance you do. Based on a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of adults are not getting enough rest.

Regardless of how hard you try to live your life with a lack of sleep, there’s no way you can avoid its reach. Several theories speak into our need for rest, but, at the end of the day, our need for sleep is another reminder that we’re dependent upon God.

Getting a good night’s rest is a gift from God (Psa. 4:8; 127:2), and Jesus himself was not opposed to getting some shuteye (Mark 4:37-38). So, if God was for getting some rest, I think we could benefit from getting some ourselves.

Living your life by faith in Christ will lead you to trust in the Lord as you sleep instead of laboring away at another “important” task.

#4. Don’t forget to give

It may feel like I’m crowbarring giving into this conversation since I work for Tithe.ly. But that’s not the case at all. Giving is another means of grace the LORD has given us to combat busyness.

Giving reminds us that we’re dependent upon God and that we’re not solely responsible for providing for ourselves. When we give, we affirm our trust in the LORD, and this helps us to fight the desire to accumulate more stuff and potentially struggle with money, which is the leading cause of stress for Americans.

Related: 3 Reasons Why Giving Will Help You to Be Content

Are you busy working to pay your bills? Is there anything you can cut out of your budget that will provide you with more margin? Take an honest look at your situation, and even consider seeking the advice of a financial advisor, to see if you can create more bandwidth in your life by cutting out unnecessary stuff.

What have you found helpful combatting busyness in your life? Share your experience in the comments below!

Expert Tips on How to Effectively Launch a New Online Giving Tool

01
Make it accessible so people can give in the way that is most comfortable to them. Don't make it hard for people to give money.
Some people like to give online, some like mobile, some like text. Whatever they like, let them give in that way if you can.
02
Brady Shearer
www.storytape.com
Talk about it every single week. Consistently promote it on every platform. 
Be patient. We all resist change.
03
Michael Lukaszewski
www.churchfuel.com
Launch it to your staff, your leaders, and your volunteers (in that order) and help those groups use it before you launch it publicly.
04
Teach it in your new member class.
Allow for people to sign-up right on the spot via their mobile phone (or through a laptop or iPad for those that don't have a mobile device handy).
05
Justin Dean
www.thatcc.com
On launch weekend, have volunteers and staff accessible with iPads to walk people through how to set up an account and get recurring giving configured.
06
Daniel Irmler
www.churchhero.com
On a regular basis, tell stories from members who are using and loving it. 
You don't don’t need a big production value shoot. Keep it simple by using an iPhone (horizontal) and a decent mic.
07
Invite your congregation to take out their phones and download the mobile giving app right in the service.
08
Nik Goodner
www.crtvchurch.com
Explain the why behind the change and highlight the benefits of the new system. 
People like to be "on the team".
09
Kevin Ekmark
www.church.org
I always tell people, "you need to clean your house before you invite friends over". It's crucial that your giving platform is easily found, whether it's on the web or in the church. 
On the web, making sure that your website is mobile friendly (Google and Bing both recommend mobile responsive design) can be a huge help. You can also incorporate bots from Facebook or a service like Intercom to help walk people through online giving on your website. When necessary, a human can jump in and help too. This helps complete the process from being found online to completing the online giving.
10
Logan Fields
www.theappguys.org
Tell them the real reasons. Giving members are concerned with what's best for the church and not just what they individually prefer. Transparency.
"This platform will allow us to better manage finances and spend less staff time on the books and more on people." etc. The temptation is to treat members like consumers who we need to impress instead of team members. Treat them like equals who you assume are interested in what's best for the church/ mission and people will likely rise to it.
11
Kenny Jahng
www.kennyjahng.com
Launch a $3.16 campaign. Ask people to all give just $3.16 to a weekly or bi-weekly blessing fund. Then, pick one person or cause to bless IN TOWN and go give that person all the money collected.
  • It could be the all volunteer firefighter squad in town. "We'll take all the $3.16's collected and go buy a meal or treat and drop off for the firefighters who volunteer."
  • It could be a widow the church knows about - bless her with something new for her home or hobby or pets.
  • Single mothers - supply them with a night out. Or pay for a house cleaner or a handyman for a couple of hours.
  • Special needs families - pay for evening out for the parents and child care for the special needs kids so the parents get a break.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
  • You can ask for "sponsors" in the future, getting people to nominate good causes (let the youth do this!) and let them deliver the blessing and report back each sunday.
This works incredibly well because you are teaching generosity / outward posture to your people on a consistent basis and getting people to give on mobile- while making it about PARTICIPATION vs AMOUNT. You'll have people regularly trying out the mobile option as well as pre-register them in the system.

There you have it! Some amazing tips, right?

Which tip stood out the most to you … or looked to be the craziest?! Share with us in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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'I’m Busy': 4 Ways You Can Overcome Busyness in Your Life

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