“Productivity Over Procrastination”

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The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.

One Pillar/Proverb

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

One Principle

Life is short. Death is unpredictable, yet certain. Our brief sojourn on this earth, therefore, needs to count because after we have departed this life, we can’t work, make plans, grow in knowledge or live out wisdom principles. Our response to this reality should be to devote our lives to wholehearted commitment and productivity in every endeavour we undertake. Be sold out. Be devoted. Be “all in.” Don’t slack off, make excuses or procrastinate. Time lost can never be regained. Identify what really matters in this one life you have and give it your best. This is a valuable principle.

As an educator in the areas of sports law, personal growth, Christian ministry and leadership, I have no choice but to work with all my might. People are depending on me to deliver. I don’t always hit the target, but I keep striving. This privilege of teaching others brings with it the incredible responsibility of being committed to excellence. It’s humbling, but it’s awesome.

One Practical

Review the month of January and evaluate your performance on that month’s priority, whether personal or professional. If you missed your goal, check to see if you were fully engaged or got distracted along the way, then go after it again in February.

To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Shelley Wong

    Thanks for this very important and timely reminder, Tyrone! I’m trying to deal with the “time toilets” in my life in 2020. Your blog entry is easily read and very pointed.

  2. Michelle Marcus

    I have started the practice of reflecting at the end of each day to check my daily progress as an individual to see if I was successful or not in different pursuits and it has been very helpful so far. In the past, I would just progress to the next day. I am not guaranteed life but what I can do is choose to be productive once I have life.

  3. J. Tyrone Marcus

    That’s a great daily habit Michelle. It will eventually add up to a lifestyle of productivity. Well done.

  4. Nicole Roopchand

    This is really good! I have goals for the year both personal and professional and I can see this practical working in my favor. What both my husband and I do is also set goals for the day whether it be sharing our faith or getting something personal done, then review at the end of the day. This practical is wise and definitely helps to track progress. Thanks Tyrone

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      Hey Nicole. You and your husband have got a good thing going. Such regular evaluation is excellent for habits of productivity. Keep making progress. It inspires others even when you don’t realize it.

  5. Natalie

    Don’t slack off,make excuses or procrastinate.Time lost can never be regained. Thank u for that reminder

    1. J. Tyrone Marcus

      Sure thing Natalie. Let’s all look to make the most of every opportunity.

  6. J. Tyrone Marcus

    Thanks for the feedback Shelley. I think it’s safe to say that we’re all battling those “time toilets” that flush away our productive hours. We journey on together!

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