Burnout is not the will of God for your life!
It took me a while to figure this out, however, burnout occurs when we are on our agenda and not God’s. This was a tough pill for me to swallow, because I had to acknowledge that I was addicted to busy. I’ll write about that another time… Back to the topic at hand.
We are all busy and there are a number of things that are robbing us of our peace. Our world has evolved from hyper multi-tasking escapades to almost inhumane digital bondage. Yep! I said it! #IJustWentThere
For those that know me well, know that I am a technology enthusiast. Yet, I recently found myself annoyed by every phone call, social media, text message, email, and other APP notifications that bombarded my phone frequently. Interrupting dinner, family walks, and life-giving conversations with family and friends. I grew weary of the inability to focus and fighting a losing battle from the moment I wake up. (Let’s be transparent. For most of us, the first thing we grab when we wake up is our smartphone.)
I am not judging you. 🙂 We are all guilty of phone checking. Frankly, at some point or another we’ve all allowed that familiar ringtone, buzz, or ding to control our environment; reducing our day to nothing but a series of interruptions. If at the end of the day, you’re not sure what you accomplished and feel rather blustered at the lack of productivity, smartphone interruptions are a likely culprit.
Are you ready for a change? Are you sure?
If so, take a deep breath. You may want to sit down for this one.
My phone never makes an audible noise, unless it is my wife attempting to reach me via an APP that we use to dialogue. You need to turn off everything that has the ability to demand your attention at that particular moment. Yes, I said it… Everything! Of course, I didn’t start there, however, the insanity drove me there. I decided to choose peace!
At first the freedom will be unfamiliar territory, however, you will find that life will go on, at a much more pleasant cadence, if you respond to your methods of communication on your terms and not everyone else’s. I found that I lived a great life before the tidal wave of notifications from text messages, email, social media platforms, and various apps.
What am I saying?
Enjoy the silence!
While it is harder than ever to do these things; you will find the resulting cognitive energy, productivity, focus, and relational health more valuable and rewarding than ever before!
What is something that you do to keep the peace in your life?