Time and Productivity: Thinkers and Doers

….a time to plant and a time to uproot…. Ecclesiastes 3:2b

You have heard it said, “we all have the same 24 hours” so make the most of your time.  By the same token you look at some people and they seem to get a double portion of productivity during that time period that you have.

Do you end up frustrated at the end of some days?  The days when you feel like you have truly worked hard all day, but have little finished results to show for all of your effort? I do!

A partial reason for this is personality bent and our natural gifting.  Some of us are Thinkers who have the gift of communication, relationship building, soul care, teaching, pastoring, and/or shepherding.  I believe most would agree these are important and valuable skills – the problem is they don’t get the dishes done! 🙂

The Doers are on the go and moving mountains wherever they go: project after project, making a meal for the sick, baking cookies for the new neighbors, taking the kids and the whole neighborhood to all the fun places, falling into bed with the check list complete.  This is a great gift – the problem is it doesn’t solve the conflict that is brooding on the home front, because there was no time to talk with all that work to do!

I am a “Thinker” who is a wanna-be “Doer”.  When I compare myself to a Doer I come up gravely short by means of finished physical work.  There is no fair comparison. I am realizing how dumb and unproductive this habit really is, I am learning to embrace my gifts and rejoice with others’ gifts as well. I am so blessed that God has paired me with a Doer.  So between us we are complete!

My husband is the one you call to help you with your yard work and I am the one called upon for soul care.  I am a Bible teacher and my man is great at teaching how to install just about anything from a refrigerator to a new furnace system.

For each of us, especially those stuck in frustration or defeat: there is no mountain too big for God.  Here are some promises He has given you:

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 NLT

 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. James 1:5-8 NIV

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV

So at the end of your day when you reflect upon the “time” you had and how it was spent: look at it in light of your gifting and not someone elses. However, always remember to strike a healthy balance with the tasks that must be done, regardless of whether they are your strength.  Obviously, the family needs to eat and things need to remain orderly in every household, even the ones run by two thinkers! There will be areas you will note that may be improved upon the next time. Looking only at the work that was meant for you, will give you peace and contentment in all your efforts.

Additional Resources:

The Gift in You by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Please Understand Me by Meyers and Briggs

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