“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 11:29
Last week, we talked about giving ourselves permission to get some rest and choosing one thing we would do differently to get some much needed rest and refreshment. We all require rest from working all the time or thinking about work all the time. What did you decide to start doing? If you have not chosen something yet, please see below some things to consider:
What will you start doing to get some much needed rest? Complete this sentence:
This week, I will start ___________________________________________________.
This past week, as I personally worked through giving myself permission to get some rest, I found there was an “interim step” between the permission and the action.
In order to allow myself permission to rest, I also needed to give myself permission to take a rest from work. It was one thing to say in my heart and head (and hear from others) that I had permission to get some rest, but to do that, I also needed to give myself permission to not always be prepared to work.
“Permission to rest” is the intent to take some rest but the “Permission to take a break” is the necessity to deal with issues that interfere with being able to take a rest. We often do not allow ourselves permission to take time away from work but to truly rest, we must give ourselves permission to do that.
Jesus took time to rest. He took time to pray, meditate and also to spend time with loved ones. He did not spend large amounts of time away from His responsibilities, but He did take some time. Therefore, we do not need to take large amounts of time away from working on our businesses, but we do need to take some time away. The length of time away will be very individual to each person. The importance is to give yourself permission, starting today, to take time away from your responsibilities. Doing this is healthy, will refresh you and enable you to be more focused, efficient, fulfilled and joyful when you are working.
As you take the steps to 1. Give yourself permission to rest and 2: Give yourself permission to not work, then the next step is to schedule time during the day, during the week, during the month and during the year, when you can plan to not be working. Don’t yet think about what the barriers may be, just start to schedule this time.
Daily: Where can you schedule time during the day to rest, refresh and not work on or in the business?
Weekly: Where can you take specific time to rest once per week? Will that be one full day per week? A half day? It is understandable that emergencies can come up, but emergencies should not be the “norm”.
Monthly: Where can you take specific time to rest every month? Can you take a weekend once per month?
Bi-Yearly: Where can you take specific time to rest twice per year? A long weekend twice per year?
Yearly: Where can you take specific time to rest once per year? Can you schedule a week once per year where you take time to rest, refresh, and not work on your business?
Have a wonderful week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work