Power and Signal

One of the soft benefits of my new job is the freedom to workshift, or work “off site” at coffee shops or other public spaces, when it makes sense to do that. We have a very open collaborative office space at Makespace, so sometimes if I need to focus without interruption, workshifting is the best option.

I was thinking recently that the beautiful thing about my work is that “my office” consists of my laptop, a Moleskine notebook, a gel pen, and my Windows Phone.  Anywhere I have those items, I can get my work accomplished (although some places are more conducive to concentration than others.)

But when I spent an afternoon working off site last week, I realized that there are two other important elements to my portable office: power and signal.

My laptop has decent battery life considering what I paid for it, but I can’t work for 8 hours without plugging in. And while there are some tasks I can perform offline, a spotty or weak wi-fi signal can make for a really frustrating, unproductive experience.

Power and signal are vital elements I need to do my job.

Since I pretty much manage to turn everything into a spiritual metaphor, I can’t resist pointing out the painfully obvious spiritual metaphor here.

I can busy myself with activities pretty much everywhere. I can wear myself out trying to do good. But I won’t get far if I don’t remember that I don’t carry an unlimited supply of power and energy within myself. I have to plug in to my source–the more frequently, the better.

Also, it doesn’t take long to get off-course, and end up following an agenda of my own while convincing myself that I’m still following God’s bigger agenda.  So checking back with the signal–keeping communication flowing via prayer and Bible study–is also vital to being a good producer in the kingdom of heaven.

In spiritual disciplines, as in internet marketing disciplines, busyness != productivity. 🙂


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    I really like this parallel between work productivity and spiritual endeavors. There’s a lot more carry-over between the two than I typically realize.

  2. Kat French

    Thanks, Drew. There are obviously differences, too. 🙂 But the parallels can help me be more focused in both areas of discipline.

    And ultimately, it’s all just discipline… having the humility to learn and relearn and re-relearn the basics and how to apply them in the current moment.


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