You can’t work at a hyper-concentrated pace forever. Hence, the need for breaks. But have you ever noticed that some breaks make it easier to get back to work but others are harder to come back and refocus? Here are a few key features of good breaks.
God wants to speak to us in prayer. Which doesn’t work if we don’t shut up some of the time.
Deep Work is a fantastic book, it was even one of my top five books I read in the past year. Its premise is simple: the ability to concentrate deeply and thus work deeply is becoming increasingly rare, and thus more valuable. Deep work enables someone to get a lot of high-quality things done because they can focus their full attention on the task at hand.
It has a lot of applications to business and professional things. But I think it applies to prayer as well.
My supervisor is fond of saying that mental notes aren’t real notes. And when you don’t have real notes, you forget things and don’t have peace of mind. Cuz that’s what productivity is actually about: peace of mind, not just doing lots of things.
“The Lord knows the way of the legit, but the way of the poser shall perish.”
– Ctrl+Replace Bible, Psalm 1:6
There’s a series on The Toast called the Ctrl+Replace Bible (note: some strong language with some of them), where they replace one word or phrase with another, such as “Philistines” with “haters” or replacing “Behold” with “Look, buddy.” The results are hilarious: “Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the haters in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.” (1 Samuel 14:20). One of my favorites was replacing “sinners” with “posers.”
“I have come to call not the righteous but posers to repentance.” (Luke 5:32)
We all want to be healed, right away, right now. But it usually doesn’t happen like that. It’s not a linear process, whether it’s physical woundedness, emotional woundedness, or spiritual woundedness. But God is a healer, let’s bring our wounds to Him.
Imagine you have a time machine. You can use it to visit any time in your life, past or future. You can explore possibilities of what will happen if you choose X vs. Y. How awesome would that be? Think of all the things you could use it for.
Guess what? You have such a time machine. Your time machine is your thoughts, your memories, your intellect, your will, your imagination. These are the things theologians call “the powers of the soul.” These are the things that rational beings can do that irrational animals cannot. I’ve always envied superheroes with time travel powers, but it turns out I have time travel powers of my own.
Last week, I talked about what living with insomnia is like. This week, it’s about pain (back and feet, mostly). For someone who’s usually super motivated like me, it really kills my motivation.