July 19, 2015

Efficiency Fatigue

I’m noticing it again.

My mind seems to be floating away.

Turning into mush.

Becoming jumbled.

I seem to wander in my thinking lately. I can’t seem to focus but for only a moment on something before I am thinking about the ‘next thing’. The ‘next thing’ consumes my thought for a while, then something else crosses my mind and I go on to follow that.

I have been asking myself lately why it is like this. Why can I not seem to think clearly as of late?

Efficiency fatigue

Unfortunately I am the type of person who is always trying to be efficient in everything I do. Listening to music while I shave, read an audio book while I commute, read email on my Smartphone while I am walking so I stay “caught up”, work on my “to do” list in the car while I am at a stop light.

I am constantly filling all of my thinking space with something that will supposedly “make me better” so I am “more efficient”.

I’m here to remind us all that a Real Christian Businessman has to put some space into his life.




When was the last time you went outside, sat on the front or back porch, WITHOUT your phone, or computer, or a book, and just sat there and THOUGHT about stuff?

I can’t tell you when the last time was that I did this, and I am feeling it right now because of that.

Even Jesus used to go out alone, away from folks, and pray and reflect.

“But he would go away to places where he could be alone for prayer.” Luke 5:16 (God’s Word Translation)

Even if you don’t take some time alone to reflect as I mentioned above, you don’t have look far to realize that you should put down your cell phone while you are walking.

Turn off that Podcast in the car.

Try looking that person in the eye when you are talking to them and focus on what they are saying instead of the grocery list that is in running through your mind.

It is all right around us if we will just stop and look. We just have to slow down – and stop being so efficient.

2 Comments on “Efficiency Fatigue

Brad Poel
July 20, 2015 at 7:59 am

Great reminder, Don! I’m definitely guilty of this! …always trying to multi-task with audio content. It really does feel good to pause once in a while (or more often) and just let my mind wonder… or better yet, to listen…and give God more space to move and “speak” to me.

July 20, 2015 at 8:34 am

Thanks Brad!


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