Sermon quotes on productivity

David Allen

When we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.

Walter Brueggemann

Multitasking is the drive to be more than we are, to control more than we do, to extend our power and our effectiveness. Such practice yields a divided self, with full attention given to nothing.

Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014), p.67.

Stephen Covey

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

Francis of Assisi

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Robert Frost

The best way out is always through.

Ernest Hemingway

Never mistake motion for action.

Gerald May

As we are increasingly caught by love, our usual standards of efficiency will take a beating. . . . There are points where I may need to become a little less job-efficient if I want to be more loving.

The Awakened Heart (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991), p. 78.

Matt Perman

God is at the center of our productivity and gives us the power and direction to do the right things in the right way and for the right reasons.

How to Get Unstuck, Zondervan, 2018, p.16.

Matt Perman

The key to time management at the end of the day is simple: you need to know where you are going and focus on the things that will get you there.

How to Get Unstuck, Zondervan, 2018, p.16.

Pablo Picasso

Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.

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Lose an hour in the morning, chase it all day

Yiddish Saying

Wendy Wasserstein

Are these hyperscheduled, overactive individuals really creating anything new? Are they guilty of passion in any way? Do they have a new vision for their government? For their community? Or for themselves?” It seems “their purpose is to keep themselves so busy, so entrenched in their active lives, that their spirit reaches a permanent state of lethargiosis.


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