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May
29

How Rest from Work Can Boost Your Productivity

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mhBLNi8Over the past month, I’ve made a realization that has changed my life.

It’s so simple, but revolutionary: Taking a break from work is the key to getting more done.

I’m not just talking about a break from physical activity. I’ve found I’m even more in desperate need of a mental breather. The chaos that goes on in my tortured little mind is  exhausting.

This has been a radical concept for me. It doesn’t make sense, does it? We think that if we rest, we’ll fall behind. Forget something. Lose productivity. I have a very driven personality, so the thought of relaxing tends to make me stressed. I’m not sure how to do it. Yes, I have issues.

But something changed this past Easter Sunday.

As I pondered Christ’s incredible sacrifice, I felt led to pull the plug on all my normal activity that day and just let my mind focus on Him. I kept the computer shut down. No checking email or Facebook. No doing “just a little bit of work” to get a head start on the week. I resisted the lure of the remote and fought off the impulse to watch “Chopped.”

It felt strange – this mental rest – but I liked it.

At some point during the day, I realized I felt a sense of peace that I hadn’t felt in a long time. And I heard a voice inside me say, “Why don’t you do this every Sunday?

So I have.

It has had some amazing results that I didn’t expect:

  1. I’m more focused and disciplined during the week. I never worked a lot on Sunday, but now I don’t leave it as an option at all. Since I now know that everything work-related needs to be done by Friday or Saturday, I tend to stay on task better during the week.
  2. I hear the Holy Spirit more clearly. I’ve had such an amazing month of spiritual insights. And I directly relate that to my mental rest on Sundays. That discipline of mentally resting on Sunday has carried over to the rest of the week. I’m gradually finding it easier practice mental quietness at times during the week. That’s key to hearing the Holy Spirit speak.

So how does this affect our productivity? The Holy Spirit is our Guide. When we’re hearing Him speak, we go down fewer rabbit trails. We experience a sense of purpose and energy in our work that’s supernatural.

  1. I’m hit the ground running Monday morning. Mondays always used to be a drag for me. It took me half the day just to recover from the weekend and get my mind into work mode. Weekends don’t feel like something I have to “recover” from anymore. Instead, I wake up on Monday morning fresh and ready to rumble.

Resting mentally isn’t easy. Believe me, I know. That path will look different for each of us. I’m still finding mine. But a few things I’ve tried that are helping me relax mentally include:

  • Taking walks with no purpose other than to be outside and talk with God.
  • Reading books that have nothing to do with work.
  • Taking a mid-afternoon nap.
  • Meeting a friend at a local coffee shop just to talk.

And resting isn’t just for our benefit. It benefits our families, as well. Husbands and children are more relaxed and content when their wife and mom isn’t a chronic state of mental and physical overdrive.

Rest is possible, mom. I promise. And the closer we draw to the Source, the more we will find it.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melinda Means  is mother to an adorable middle-school-aged son and a beautiful and entertaining teenage daughter. She has been a freelance writer since her daughter was an infant, writing primarily for healthcare publications up until several years ago when her writing focus took a decidedly maternal turn.

She has written for Focus on the Family, CBN.com, In Touch and Lifeway’s Journey. Melinda can also be found hosting discussion at Moms Together every third Wednesday of the month. Melinda and her blogging partner Kathy Helgemo are co-authors of the upcoming book Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family (Bethany House, 2015). You can visit their blog, Mothering from Scratch, where they provide encouragement and hard-won wisdom about finding your unique mothering recipe.

Comments

  1. This is so true! I was amazed to find fast results in my own productivity and hearing from God when I choose REST.

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