The Work of Holy Week: Monday/Do Something Different Today

Part I in a 5-part series connecting daily work with spirituality

Monday: Do Something Different Today

Regulars to The Daily Saint know that my "Work of Holy Week" series was popular last year so this year we'll journey again through Holy Week, but with a personal productivity spin to things.

The Gospel reading today speaks of a woman, Martha, who does something special for Jesus. Not without great sacrifice, she presents Christ with a costly gift. As with all things worth doing, she faces criticism and the rumor mill starts churning. Who is this woman? Why would she spend her money on such a gift? What's also of interest here is that she breaks the mold by doing something different. Her actions are unexpected and imply change in the statusquo , not something that entrenched folks are casual about. I'm guessing there are those that you work with who are pretty hesitant to change- Lord knows I've got a few.

Martha teaches us something important: personal productivity is actually enhanced by breaking out of our comfort zones and routines. There is however a BUT here- the only way to break out is to have some kind of infrastructure in place. Routines, rituals, daily habits . These are the backbone of true productivity masters. It's the kind of stuff that David Allen talks about with regularity.

For the Road

As you head through your day, remember Martha and do something different today. Run your meetings differently. Take a new route home. Call someone who you've been thinking about. Use your calendar with greater precision. Get out in the yard and enjoy Spring. Say your prayers with deeper energies. This is Monday of Holy Week.

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    Thanks for this great post!  I needed it this morning.  Lisa