The dictionary defines productivity as “the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured regarding the rate of output per unit of input.”
I consider myself a student of productivity. I’m always trying to figure out how I can produce more value, more websites, more brand launches, more blogging, and more training. I know I only have a certain number of hours per day, so if I want to do more within that time, as the definition says, I must become more productive.
When I’m more productive, I’m able to produce more income for my business and my family, thus directly impacting my ability to manage my finances better. Productivity is a key to great financial management.
We entrepreneurs are naturally productive. Why? Because we “produce” our income. We take our input of time and create an output of a service or product, which then produces income.
But if we’re not focused on productivity, and it’s effect on our ability to do more for ourselves and the Kingdom of God, we’re missing out on a tremendous opportunity that God has afforded us.
The Bible says:
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day. (Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV)
Productivity comes down to two main concepts that you must keep in mind.
- Being Productive Produces Wealth
- Being Productive Is For God
To use an extreme example, let’s say you were unemployed and received benefits from the Government. You’re bringing in income to yourself and your family, but you’re not productive because you are receiving more than you are putting back in.
On the other hand, if you can turn a 2-hour investment of time into a $50 service you sell, then you are productive. And the name of the game is to try to lessen the input (fewer hours), increase the output (better service), and create more wealth (increase in the price of your service).
That’s productivity. That’s healthy financial management.
And this productivity is further enhanced when we’re putting God First in our desire to be more productive. Greed comes when we’re productive, but only for ourselves and our selfish (flesh) desires. Greed if followed by its ugly cousins of pride and envy. This is why selling drugs can produce a lot of wealth, but for a very wrong reason.
But when we’re in our calling, bringing God’s visions to life, and running our businesses His way, we’re productive to produce wealth so that we can give more to others. We desire to create more jobs, add more value to our industry and marketplaces, and give back more to charitable causes our heart’s desire to support.
We have a choice. We’re either going to be people who take wealth or people to produce wealth. The more people that take wealth, the less healthy a business is and the more it’s setting itself up for a collapse. That’s why people who borrow on credit cards more than they produce in services get into bankruptcy. They took more than they produced. They were unproductive.
Godpreneurs are producers of wealth. God designed us that way. And our hearts are aligned with His heart. This obedience to the way things are supposed to be will help you produce more wealth that you now have to manage correctly.
Great financial management keeps productivity top-of-mind because it keeps us focused on the way God created the ability to produce wealth. It’s His ultimate design for entrepreneurs.
Godpreneur Money Rule #15: Godpreneurs create wealth by creating opportunities to help more people through our ability to produce beneficial products and services. The more people we help, the more wealth we create, the more Christ-like we become.