Sleeping with your smart phone?

This is the title of a book by Leslie Perlow, professor of leadership at Harvard Business School. Professor Perlow did a survey of 1,600 managers and professionals and found that only 2 percent turned off their devices, even while on vacation!

I recently had a two week holiday in France with no TV, no internet and hardly any phone reception. It was great (after the first three days)!

In an article in the New York Times,( ) she describes an idea that through organizational change, companies are increasingly realizing that employees need to be disconnected from time to time and that “giving workers time to chill helps ultimate long-term productivity.”

I am sure that helps! We are running the risk of information overload! As employers, we should be asking ourselves if we are putting too much burden on our people , asking them to be available 24/7.  At the beginning of 2012, Volkswagen reached an agreement with a small portion of its work force to stop the e-mail server for employees who used BlackBerrys 30 minutes after their shift ended and restore it half an hour before work began the next day.

We need time for reflection, time for our fgamilies and time for our most important relationship with God.

Jesus set the example! He was never in a hurry, never stressed, yet had lots to do and a huge, world changing mission to accomplish. And .. he did not have a smart phone but He did have a direct line with His Father!

This summer, I want to build in time for family, time for the Lord and time for myself! His promise is still true:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)


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