A Team Exercise in Defining Terms – Productivity vs Busyness

Often times we make the mistake of staying busy as opposed to staying productive. Busyness is meaningless and simple activity. Productivity has a definite goal in mind, a process and is measured by results.

  • First as a team discuss the difference between being busy and productive. What distinctly identifies each? What are the outcomes? What are the signs and evidence for each? Give some examples.
  • As a team write the two words “Busyness” and Productivity” in separate columns on a whiteboard or sheet of paper. Under each column have a group discussion and identify some situations and circumstances from the previous week or month which would fall under each column. From a Church wide perspective first, then from an individual or Ministry Team perspective.
  • Discuss how you could increase productivity and decrease simple busyness as a team and as individuals.
  • Make a note and agree as a team to continue to use this language in future discussions that center around activity and results for the Ministry. Always striving to achieve productivity and not just busyness. Let it become a common question among your team, “is what I am doing right now productive?”

What enhancements to this exercise do you believe would make it even more rewarding? I would love to hear your feedback and insight to tweak this process to make it even more productive. Post your ideas and feedback below.


About Ken McGarity

With vast experience as a successful entrepreneur and active in ministry leadership for many years, Ken McGarity is most recently engaged as a Church Growth Consultant and Strategist, as well as Christian Leadership Coach to today’s up and coming Christian leaders.

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