I’ve rebranded! Mummy Do It has had a name change – Welcome to The Fruitful Homemaker!
I’ve been thinking about renaming the blog for some time, especially since my focus has become more on time-management, productivity and getting more done at home, without the stress. I initially thought of calling it The Productive Homemaker, but with a bit of research (and some help from the thesaurus) the word Fruitful jumped out at me instead.
The word fruitful seems to be more all-encompassing then productive. It’s more about the big picture. It seems to have a bigger, or wider, aim. I had a think about it and here are some of the reasons I came up with for why it is better to be fruitful rather than just productive.
To Be Fruitful is More Human
I have found that a lot of the phrases we use about ourselves, and others, make us seem more like machines than people. We say we are ‘breaking down’, or ‘not functioning properly’. We are more interested in output rather than relationship.
“We’re living in a culture that measures the value of the human person by degrees of success and productivity….Do we dare to look at weakness as an opportunity to become fruitful? Fruitfulness in the spiritual life is about love and this fruitfulness is very different from success or productivity.” —Henri Nouwen
Productivity is very task oriented. The goal of most productivity articles and books is to get more done and make more money. One of my missions with this blog is to adapt these productivity tools for use in the home. Instead, the goal is to get things done quickly so more time can be spent with the family. Fruitful is relational. It’s not necessarily about getting more done, but getting things done efficiently.
The following quote is very applicable for homemakers, even though it wasn’t specifically written so. We often get to the end of the day feeling like we haven’t accomplished much, yet also feel guilty that we didn’t spend much time with our families.
“Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people.” – Thomas Merton
Fruitful seems to encapsulate this idea. We still get things done, still accomplish things, still have an end result – but that result is different. Success looks very different.
To be fruitful is more seasonal
This weekend we’ve been doing a lot of pruning in our garden. Many trees are bare and there is not much in bloom. We’re going to have to wait to see the results of our work.
Being fruitful means being patient. Sometimes we don’t see the ‘fruit of our labour’ for a long time.
Fruitfulness is more long-term. It’s more about growth (your own or someone else’s).
While productivity is often about the urgent, fruitfulness is about the important.
It’s so easy to focus on the urgent, rushing around doing those things that need to be done. Yet, we forget the more important things, the things that will help us (or others) in the long term.
Spending time with your daughter, coming up with a budget, taking an evening class – we may think these are all important, but they often get pushed aside as we worry about the ‘more urgent’ dishes, laundry or housework.
But, we still need clean clothes.
That’s why my mission at The Fruitful Homemaker is to find ways to be more efficient at home so that we have time for those important things without getting overwhelmed. I want to take those productivity tips and adapt them for the mum who’s at home with a baby to feed and a toddler to toilet train.
One of the ways I aim to do this is through printables, schedules and planners which you can download from my Freebie page. To gain access sign up below!
To be fruitful is Biblical
And finally, I like the word fruitful because it is biblical. There are many references to being fruitful in the bible, but non to being productive.
Psalm 1 says that those who delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night, are like ‘trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season’.
In John 15 Jesus says that we cannot be fruitful unless we remain in him.
If my aim is to be fruitful, rather than just productive, then I will remember to put Jesus first. And will be more fruitful than I could ever imagine.
We all have work to do, whether or not we are paid for it: dishes to wash, emails to write, shirts to iron, people to manage, shopping to do, calls to make, deals to broker. What difference might it make if we committed our ordinary daily tasks to God, asked him for help, consciously did it for his glory?’ How to be Fruitful, Woman Alive
To sum it all up, I believe being fruitful is not about being busy; it’s about making a difference.
As life draws to an end we will consider how fruitful we were, not how productive. So, why, at the end of the day, do we worry about our lack of productivity?
Further reading about fruitfulness:
Back to the rebranding – apart from the name change I’ve given things a bit of a restructure, so my categories are a bit different. But most of my posts are still here, even my old recipes – which don’t really fit with the productive theme, except that they are usually quick to make!
I’d love to know what you think of the new name. And please let me know if anything is not working properly – The technical side gets a bit baffling sometimes!