In our tech-filled world, it’s important to unplug often. Because when you silence the voices of the enemy and the world, it’s easier to hear “the still small voice,” of the Lord (1 Kings 19:12, KJV). Start by unplugging all of your electronics for at least 15 minutes each day to spend in silence before the Lord.
We’re all given the same amount of time—exactly 1440 minutes a day—but we all spend it differently. The apostle Paul reminds us that we should be “making the most of every opportunity,” (Ephesians 5:16). To do this, ask yourself two questions: What is sucking the life out of me? Does this activity have any eternal value? Then give yourself permission to say no.
Want to break free from the busyness of life? Learn to delegate! Even Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, encouraged him to delegate when he put it bluntly, “The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone,” (Exodus 18:18). Moses outsourced his work so that he could focus on God’s purpose for his life. What is your purpose—something that God has uniquely called and qualified to do? How can you delegate the rest?
When Christ ministered for three years, He faced busyness daily. In fact, crowds followed Him everywhere He went. How did He respond? He often retreated to quiet places for prayer. Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” So the next time busyness threatens to steal your peace, retreat to a quiet place and pray.
Start planning the night before. Consider Ecclesiastes 7:8, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” Before you go to bed, simply write down the tasks or projects that you need to complete the next day. The next morning, complete the easiest task first. When you complete your easiest task first and have a plan for the rest of the day, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that will help you with the rest of your projects—from start to finish.
It’s important that you take time to restore your body, mind, and soul. One of the best ways to do this is to move. After all, “our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,” (1 Corinthians 6:19). A good way to care for your temple is to exercise each day. Exercising is like pushing a restart button for your life. And plus, it’s free!
Even God rested after He created the world. We read in Genesis 2:2, “on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” Likewise, we need to follow God’s example and get enough rest. In fact, research shows that when we cheat our sleep, we’re less affective. It’s also good to take a 24-hr break once a week from any work-related activities or household chores. Taking a day off will leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and rejuvenated.