We’ve all met them. You know who I’m talking about – those entrepreneurs that seem to never sleep. If they did sleep, you can bet they are practicing presentations in their dreams. I admit that it’s hard not to be envious with their non-stop energy level and all that they seem to be accomplishing.
We live in a culture now where the “best never rest.” Advances in technology let us get more done is less time, stay in constant contact, and multi-task like there’s no tomorrow. The problem is that it lets our competitors do the same.
Recently, I asked the question Is Multi-Tasking Really That Good for Your Small Business? With the slow down in the economy hitting my businesses, I’ve had the luxury of being able to slow down the pace of my days.
I’ve found that it wasn’t just all the multi-tasking that was taking a toll on my business, but the pace at which my days were running was contributing to a constant burned-out feeling.
I Feel the Need, the Need for … Sleep?
Maybe part of the reason I felt this way began at home? I can operate on about 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night, and I have done so for most of my adult life.
While scientist say that there is no apparent biological need for the body to have to sleep, they point out numerous examples of serious health issues that can arise from the lack of enough sleep. It seems our bodies weren’t designed for non-stop productivity.
Though scientists are still learning about the concept of basal sleep need, one thing sleep research certainly has shown is that sleeping too little can not only inhibit your productivity and ability to remember and consolidate information, but lack of sleep can also lead to serious health consequences and jeopardize your safety and the safety of individuals around you.
Imagine what impact being a non-stop 24/7/365 entrepreneur has on your business productivity, your family life, and your health.
Calling the Weary and Heavy Laden
We often think of the area surrounding Galilee as a peaceful pastoral setting where Jesus walked and preached; however, the truth is that the hustle and bustle of Roman industriousness was transforming the landscape while Jesus grew up.
The childhood home of Jesus, Nazareth, was only 3.5 miles from the city of Sepphoris which Herod’s son Antipas spent 23 years rebuilding into a modern Roman city until he built Tiberias in around 19 AD. It was no small city as it boasted a 15,000 seat theater.
Could watching the toll this face-paced culture was taking on Galilee have led Jesus to utter …
28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, King James Version)
What about the call itself? How does this apply to your calling as a Christian entrepreneur? How heavy is your burden? Are you taking His yoke or still pulling your own?
Even God Took a Break
Isn’t it interesting that the Bible takes time to tells us that God rested on the 7th day of Creation? Not only rested, but He blessed and sanctified it.
I’ve always been baffled by this if I am being completely honest. He obviously does not need to rest, so why this show? What’s the point?
The only conclusion I can come to is that He wanted to make sure we understood the importance of rest. It is in rest that we are most thoughtful, creative, and visionary.
New ideas, new inventions, and better business processes seldom occur during the hustle of the day. It is during these times of respite that ingenuity, inspiration, and genius flourish.
Don’t You Deserve a Break Today?
To rip off an older McDonald’s slogan, “You deserve a break today.” Make rest a priority in your schedule. This may even include power naps.
Design quiet times into your work week and personal life. This is time well “wasted.”
Reflect, recharge, and just chill out.