I have a treat for you. I’m not only introducing you to my secret to productivity, but I invited the person who introduced me to this productivity hack as a guest to the show.
I bring the topic of Attention Management up because at the foundation of operating in purpose is leadership. That’s right. We are called to be leaders in whatever industry God has assigned us. I don’t mean we have to be the President of a company, but we are meant to be guides and a source of light (a leader), and the most effective leaders are masters of productivity.
My guest this episode is Dr. Asha. We met 13 years ago and she’s one of my closest friends. Not only that, but she is one of the most intelligent people I know.
Dr. Asha is a “creator of healthy conversations.” As a national speaker and radio host, she frequently contributes her insight to magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets.
She serves the community through faith-based wellness nonprofit organization Temple Fit Health, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Asha is dedicated to her life’s purpose which is to “teach the busy and overwhelmed how to live life abundantly.”
The secret to productivity that Dr. Asha and I discovered is rest by observing a Sabbath. Yep, that’s right…REST. Resting can seem counterproductive, because you’re missing out on work.
However, rest allows you to recharge and approach things from a more clear perspective after giving your brain time to rejuvenate. In the beginning, you may feel guilty resting, because let’s be real, you could be working.
There is no need for you to feel guilty about rest though. Resting does wonders for your ability to be productive.
Remember that you are not the end all be all. People can find help outside of you.
With your gifts, skills and talents in mind, God gave you a certain number of hours and every day, and a certain number of days and every week.
Let yourself prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.
So if you feel guilty, remember that you’re not the Savior. God built in rest into the system, so you might as well take it!
Steps to Observe the Sabbath
The first thing I say is to identify the day. So whatever day you’re going to observe Sabbath on you need to write Sabbath, down in that calendar, so you can stay accountable.
Start with a half a day, but write that block down, like whatever that half a day is, if it is from midnight to noon, then you need to put that specific block written down in your calendar.
Tell the people who are closest to you I’m observing Sabbath on these days from this time to this time.
Get yourself excited about the Sabbath. So consider at least one thing that you want to do on that Sabbath that will excite you and rejuvenate you.
Benefits of observing Sabbath by Resting
Dr. Asha explained that there is a difference between rest and sleep. Rest is that opportunity to kind of realign and to dial it back a little bit and invest in yourself in that way.
Whereas sleep is the opportunity to provide the rejuvenation that your body needs in order to function.
So, when we are asleep we give God the opportunity to not fight with our conscious mind, but instead to speak to our subconscious mind.
Physically when we are asleep, we give our heart a break, because our heart has to pump blood against the gravity all day. We give our joints a break, because they’re also feeling that weight of gravity.
We can even look at even our skin. Sometimes you may have a scratch or something and then you wake up and it’s scabbed over. So your body is in this healing process.
Then Dr. Asha wrapped it up by showing explaining how Jesus mastered sleep, and he showed us that even though there’s chaos around you, you need to get some sleep. Whereas God showed us that even though you have a lot on your schedule, you need to take a day rest.
And so rest and sleep really in tandem. They help us be better at our purpose. They help us be better people, they help us be better to other people, and they help us stay aligned with our purpose.
Dr. Asha also spoke a great deal about her purpose and how she walks in her purpose every day.
If you’re at the stage of your journey with purpose where you are trying to discover your purpose, then I created a free guide just for you. The guide has simple effective tips that you can implement immediately.
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