You know the kind where you're just cranking stuff out and then at some point it hits you?
That's me. It's been a great day. Lots of "productivity" but man, I'm feeling it…
I'm reminded of a recent church service in which my minister was preaching about rest in regards to the Sabbath and I found myself thinking (and wondering about) how often we rest….period.
Yes, we take vacations and long weekend, but do we really rest?
After all, when was the last time you took a vacation and didn't (or weren't tempted to) check email or listen to voicemail?or didn't take work related material or non-secure materials so you could "catch-up" while you were gone? I tell you – it's insane!
With the advent of smart phones, we are connected 24/7. It is much too easy for me to check email at 11:00pm at night. No matter where I am I can check email, voicemail, send someone a text message, check my social networking sites, keep up with my favorite blogs on my reader, keep people updated on Twitter, browse the world wide wide…whew! Heck, I can even blog from my phone if I choose!
All that technology is great but it also means we're connected and multi-tasking at an entirely different level in our history than ever before. Which also means, when we take a break, we really need to take a break!
I recently saw a story about a woman in Chicago who is suing her company because – in her words – "Just because I have a Blackberry doesn't mean I have to work seven days a week."
It definitely shouldn't take a lawsuit to make a point. Just realize that the demands of today are greater than ever which means we owe it to ourselves to make sure we are taking care of ourselves and resting adequately to meet those demands.
Hmmm. I think I'm going to go take my own advice….
You were born to be great.
YES, you can!