You or someone you work with will receive something electronic for Christmas. Some latest, greatest techno-gizmo guaranteed to prompt smiles and make you the envy of all the cool kids at the office.
And you or someone you work with will hold it and hug it and squeeze it and name it George. Well, almost . . .
You or someone you work with will walk the hallways, head down, thumbs pumping for weeks. This techno-gizmo will dominate your attention or the attention of someone you work with.
The creep of technology intrudes into all our lives. As you discover the spiritual discipline of how to pay attention to what is most important to God, you daily recognize the creep and create boundaries that limit the dominance over you.
It happens to all of us daily. For instance, you’re in a meeting. Your desk phone rings. Do you answer it? Do you read the Caller ID window and decide?
Let’s say you’re working on your computer on an important project. Is your e-mail open? Is it set on “automatic” so that it’s making noises and popping up windows that interrupt your flow?
What if you’re with a customer and your smartphone buzzes with a call? Do you take it?
Hopefully your answer is no in each case. At least sometimes, it’s probably yes.
Create boundaries around your technology that allow you to focus completely on what is most important about your work. After all, your work is the ultimate expression of your Divine Design and your opportunity to be a co-creator with God.
You pay for technology services. They are to serve you, not vice versa.
Here are three strategies to implement immediately to help you get what you really want for Christmas—to pay attention to what God is doing right now:
- Use the “DND” (Do Not Disturb) function on your desk phone. If it’s important, the caller leaves a voicemail you receive and answer at a strategically scheduled time.
- Uncheck the automatic updating of your e-mail on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Schedule specific times of day to check and answer e-mail.
- Turn off notifications for social media. Does paying attention to your friend’s picture of her lunch increase your faith or create greater joy at work for you? You choose when to check your social media. If it’s important to your business, someone is (or should be) tasked with that responsibility.
As you integrate these three strategies into your work flow, notice how much more open you are to what God is doing right now. Who he wants you to call. What he wants you to do. How he wants you to respond.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and watch as your faith increases, your joy grows greater, and you love God and others more.
Work Faith Positive in a technology-driven world.
Dr. Joey Faucette
(Adapted from Faith Positive in a Negative World available on Amazon.)