Goodbye, Nights and Weekends?? Most Americans believe the 9-to-5 workday no longer exists, according to a survey by Management Recruiter International. Of the more than 3,500 executives polled, 61% said the traditional workday hours have disappeared. Many people don’t even look forward to weekends because they no longer exist. As more people gain more control over when and where they work, it seems neither the workday nor the workweek have a distinguishable beginning or end.
This is another of those blessing/curse things. We welcome the flexibility that technology allows but the breakneck speed many of you know in business is further blurring the line between work/home/family/leisure.
Already workers from the factory floor to the executive suite are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Many professionals like real estate agents have convinced themselves that to be competitive they must be available 24/7. Many have cell phones, lap tops, and pagers within reach at all times. I see people in church who are text-messaging and Twittering during the service. I don’t really think they are absorbing the intended worship experience.
Watch this blurring of lines in your worklife. The natural cycles of work and leisure and taking time for the weekly Sabbath will not disappear without leaving a devastating trail. If you just exhale in your breathing, you will turn blue, pass out and die. You must take time to inhale the clean, pure, wholesome air to continue living. If you just work and never take time for leisure, you will pass out in some form: there will be family, emotional or physical death. The “company” may not create the boundaries; you will need to create your own. Working on my own allows me to build in times of Sabbath rest during each day – not just once a week. I often break to go for a walk – or take a nap if I’m feeling especially busy. Yes, the busier I am the more likely I am to take breaks for the inhalation of physical and spiritual health and inspiration.
Don’t equate time with productivity or profitability. The most successful people I know have plenty of leisure time – in addition to plenty of money.
“If you are losing your leisure, look out. You may be losing your soul.” – Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946) U.S.-born British essayist, biographer, critic
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mohandas Gandhi
“Only those who are able to relax can create, and then ideas reach the mind like lightning.” – Cicero