Where did the time go?
Had an interesting discussion the other night about time. The use of. The lack of. You know the deal. We wrote a list of five things we had committed to do, things that took time out of our day. Work was number one on most lists. My list ended up with 10 items, one of which I had no time to do. That's go to the YMCA, if you're curious. But I don't mind subsidizing their operation each month. I'll get there. Next week.
The point of the exercise was to show we had all made choices. And none of the choices involved rest. For many of us, none of the choices involved a digital hiatus, either. It could have been the din from the nearby kitchen, but I thought I heard “The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what’s happening.” Orwell's stage adaptation proven correct? But I digress.
Why is this important? To give you some context, we were discussing the Christian biblical-etymology of Sabbath. The day of rest, where one can focus on (re)building your relationship with the Creator. But let's take religion out of it for a minute. Can anyone practice a "Sabbath" regardless of religious affiliation, if any exists at all?
I'm not here to debate or proselytize anyone, but yes. And here's why:
Rest: it's good for you. How's that for unsubstantiated opinion? But I have more. Unlike George, I have Google.
I did a search using the term "Mandatory Breaks at Work Improve Productivity" and found 66 million entries. Now we know how search engines work. Not all of those will apply, and there will be countless duplicate entries. That said, the top several hits are research-drive articles explaining why even a ten-minute break is beneficial.
Writers - have writer's block? Take a half hour off and sit outside, listening to the wind rustle the leaves.
Office mates - are the spreadsheet weasels changing those Excel formulas while you aren't looking? Take ten and get a cup of coffee. Don't watch the television in the break room; it's always on one of the news stations. Why ask for trouble?
And the rest of you? Try meditation (Headspace app is very popular - and free). Yoga is awesome, especially the end of the session where typically the class rests quietly (Savasana.) If all else fails, try giving yourself a sabbatical from social media for a month. I quit posting (and reading) political posts on Facebook during Lent. Now? I don't miss the drama. And I don't intentionally cause any.
If you don't have time to try any of these options, consider this: you just spent five minutes reading this post. Tomorrow - use that time to go outside and listen to the wind.
Unless it's raining. Then head to the break room.