“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”
One of the most productive and wise creations of God is the ant. It is amazing how much a little insect can get done in the short amount of time that it has to do its work. The ant doesn’t have a long season to work, but it gets enough work done to keep it alive through the winter. The ant is one of the smallest creations of God, and yet it accomplishes more with its size than most humans could ever get done.
Productivity is one of the keys to enjoying life. One of the reasons so many people are discouraged and depressed is because they live unproductive lives. God created every person with the purpose of being productive. When God commands people to “be fruitful and multiply,” He is commanding them to be productive in all that they do. When looking at the verse above and the verses that follow, you will discover six things that hinder productivity.
First, living with no schedule hinders productivity. You will notice that the ant knows to get busy in the summer. God is teaching that you must have a schedule by which you live if you are going to be productive. You can’t be productive and waste time at the same time. You need a boss for your time, and that boss is a schedule. Without a schedule to rule your time, you will waste time that could be used to be productive.
Second, having no guides or rulers in your life hinders your productivity. You will find that you can be more productive when you have people who can help you in your area of work. Don’t be a know-it-all. Let others guide you in your life to give you ideas that will help you to be more productive.
Third, having no drive hinders productivity. The ant is driven to get enough food to make it through the winter, and you must have a drive that motivates you to be productive when you don’t feel like being productive. People without drive let their daily feelings influence them to do nothing. One of the biggest ingredients of those who are productive is drive; without it, you are sure to live an average and underachieving life.
Fourth, sleep hinders productivity. Verse 9 warns about allowing sleep to control your life. You can’t be productive if you are sleeping. Productive people are tired people. Yes, you need to get some rest, but you cannot let “tired” control your life. You are going to have to learn to rise early and work hard if you are going to live a productive life.
Fifth, apathy hinders productivity. Not caring about the little things has destroyed much productivity. It is often the little things that we let go in life that destroys the opportunity to be productive. Every little thing is a big thing to productivity. You cannot and will not be productive if you don’t learn to care for the little things.
Sixth, bad friends hinder productivity. Verse 12 warns about being around the “naughty person.” Having friends who are productive helps you to be productive. Be careful about the friends who always want to play. Playing friends hinder productive lives. There is certainly nothing wrong with enjoying life, but you can’t play through life and be productive at the same time. If you want your life to be productive, be very careful about your friends because they will influence or hinder your productivity.