May I suggest that we make this as interactive as possible, if you have a moment, what is it about Mondays that gets you every time?
Personally, it’s a clean slate…new opportunities, a new allocation of time….what I do with it, leaves only me to blame. Yourself?
till next time,
easy does it 🙂
Information overload! (1)
‘Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.’ DANIEL 12:4
Technology lets us do things we’ve never been able to do, but it can be addictive. You can become tied to it in ways that are exhausting. One expert notes: ‘There’s a strong tendency for humans to do everything they’re able to. Combine that with constant connectivity, and the workday need never end. It’s easy to contact anyone anytime, and with information always available on line you can keep clicking forever.’ Paul writes about ‘making the most of your time’ (Ephesians 5:16 NAS). We say, ‘Time is money,’ but in actuality time is much more valuable, because it’s a nonrenewablenon-renewable resource. Once spent, it’s gone forever. Managing information overload means reestablishingre-establishing boundaries that technology has demolished. So: Recognize Recognise the signs: if you communicate with people all day yet you’re still lonely, chances are, technology is dominating your life. Take baby steps: make yourself unavailable for short periods and see what happens. The wheels of industry won’t grind to a halt! Remember you have a choice: people who think they should be available 24/7, exaggerate their own importance or the control others have over them. Establish boundaries: rein in the emails and instant messages. Do you really need all those ‘FYI’s’ about the same thing? Give clear instructions: tell people you answer emails at designated times throughout the day, and let them know who to contact for an immediate response. Make a task list: that way if you’re interrupted you’ll get back on track faster. Stick to a schedule: constantly dipping in and out on the computer is classic self-interruption. Do a reality check: after a few minutes of surfing the web ask yourself, ‘Should I be doing this now?’
Information overload! (2)
‘The servant is not greater than his lord.’ JOHN 13:16
When you’re constantly multi-tasking, important things can fall between the cracks. A lawyer who negotiated an unbelievable deal in favorfavour of his client was asked how he did it. He replied, ‘I was the only person at the meeting that day who didn’t spend the whole time text messaging!’ A respected researcher says we’ve trained our brains ‘to constantly flit around the universe of messages and information, seeking brief hits of excitement. Grazing ceaselessly, we never dig too deeply before moving on to the next distraction…and it ratchets up our stress levels in ways we’re only starting to understand.’ Another expert says: ‘We get more information in 72 hours than our parents received in a month, and most people don’t have the skills to deal with it. They let new things in, but don’t get rid of old information they wanted to act on.’ When was the last time you enjoyed some relaxed, uninterrupted down time? Can you even remember? We’re so results-oriented that unless we’re doing something that can be quantified, we think it’s a waste of time. The fact is you need time away from the unrelenting onslaught of information to regroup, reflect and recharge. Jesus had a schedule to keep, people to minister to, disciples depending on Him, and a short time to do it all. Nevertheless, ‘hHe withdrew…into the wilderness, and prayed’ (Luke 5:16). Now, since ‘the servant is not greater than his lord,’ do you think you’re above all that? Are you wiser than He? Or more spiritual? Jesus said, ‘Come… apart…and rest a while’ (Mark 6:31), because when you don’t come apart, you fall apart!