Don’t let screens strangle your soul. Too much screen time (with a variety of technologies, such as television, computers, and mobile phones) can make your mind so busy that it becomes difficult for you to focus on anything that requires your full attention for a sustained amount of time. Screen time can also become addictive, sucking up time and energy that God wants you to devote to other activities. So set limits on your screen time every day and be intentional with how you use the time you are plugged into technology.

Get enough rest. The best way to be productive isn’t too busy as possible; instead, ironically, it’s to follow the natural rhythms of work and rest that God has designed. It’s crucial to plan to take regular breaks from your busyness to rest so you can stay healthy and have the energy you need to do a good job when you do work.

Realize that some forms of busyness are meant to be. Being busy isn’t inherently a sin; it’s sinful only to be busy with doing the wrong things. Expect God to call you to seasons of extra busyness sometimes in the course of loving people since sometimes extra time and energy will be required to love them well. Try to focus on the activities that God is genuinely leading you to do. If those activities require you to go through a busy season, you can trust God to help you handle the pressure well.

Make spending time with Jesus your highest priority every day. The most important practice you can invest your time in is spending time with Jesus (through prayer and meditating on Bible passages), seeking to learn from Him. If you make that your top priority every day, you’ll gain the right perspective on every situation, which will help you manage your time as God intends. As you stay close to Jesus, you can experience more blessings than busyness.

Adapted from Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem, copyright 2013 by Kevin DeYoung. Published by Crossway, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Ill., www.crossway.org.

Kevin DeYoung is a best-selling author, senior pastor, popular blogger, active board member, circuit conference speaker, husband to Trisha, and fearless father of five. He is the senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, blogs at the Gospel Coalition, and has authored or coauthored numerous popular and award-winning books such as Just Do Something, What Is the Mission of the Church?, Don’t Call it a Comeback, The Hole in Our Holiness, Why We’re Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church.

Whitney Hopler, who has served as a Crosswalk.com contributing writer for many years, is author of the new Christian novel Dream Factory, which is set during Hollywood's golden age. Visit her website at: whitneyhopler.naiwe.com.

Publication date: October 18, 2013