It’s hard to believe we have already come to the end of this series. Over the last six weeks, we have discussed a simple productivity plan for maximizing productivity that I believe can change your life. Your ministry needs you to perform with excellence; the people God has entrusted to your care need you to show up well. This simple productivity plan is your opportunity to do just that.
In case you missed any of our previous posts, here’s a quick run down of the Super Simple Productivity Plan for Pastors. (more…)
We are coming close to the end of our 50-10-01 Productivity Plan breakdown. It’s hard to believe we’ve already covered so many different things! Last week in particular was incredibly important. Taking a few days a month to disconnect and look at the big projects you have on the horizon will make all the difference in how you show up. Set aside two days a month to look ahead and you will be amazed at your ability to perform with excellence. But like I mentioned last week, there are two different types of disconnect days. The first was the two days we spend in the office, working on big events, projects, and tasks at hand. The second type, however, is crucial for you to lead your church and ministry well.
I have always believed the in taking a few days every quarter, out of town and out of the office, to pray and seek God. You cannot lead your church if you do not know (more…)
So much of daily ministry duties are maintenance. We need to maintain relationships, maintain our standards of excellence, and get from one service to the next as seamlessly as possible. One of our greatest challenges is looking ahead. Its nearly impossible to think about the future when all you can see is what is in front of you. But I would argue that you cannot perform well in the moment if you don’t know where you’re headed. You cannot fly a plane without a destination in mind or start a trip without knowing where you want to go; in the same way, you cannot lead a ministry without an end goal.
For this reason, I have created two different ways to clear your mind and focus on the big picture, both of which are what I like to call “disconnect days.” The first disconnect days are about planning, and the second set are focused on casting vision. Without a strategic plan and a healthy vision, your ministry will lose momentum and be unable to grow. You cannot afford to skip this part of the 50-10-01 plan. (more…)
Productivity is impossible without margin. We cannot hope to get things done, perform with excellence, or exceed in our ministries without space in our lives for things outside of our task list. Margin is, by definition, “an amount allowed or available beyond what is actually necessary.” This means that margin is the framework of your life. It is the extra space, the reserves, or the wiggle room. Having margin in your finances means that you are not facing a crisis when your washing machine breaks because you have reserves for emergencies. It is not strictly necessary to plan your day with ten minutes on every hour set aside to handle little things that come up or an hour at the end of every day to address unexpected problems that may arise. But even if it is not actually necessary, it will create margin. Creating that margin is worth setting aside that time; margin makes room for productivity.
But margin is not found only in the structure of your schedule. One of the most effective ways you can create margin in your life is to bookend your day. I don’t know when your workday ends, but it is important that it does. But how do you bookend your day? Take 15 minutes at the end of the day and ask yourself these 4 questions. (more…)
Last week, we introduced our new series: Super Simple Productivity Plan for Pastors. Over the next 6 weeks, we will be covering what I believe is a system that will revolutionize the way you work, plan, and rest. Not only have I experienced the benefits of this plan in my own life, but I have walked countless clients through it as well. There is no doubt: when this plan is implemented, productivity increases. Today, we’ll be discussing the first step. Let’s get into it. (more…)
No one wants to believe they’re guilty of being lazy. But the trap of laziness and stagnation is one that is very easy to fall into. You will never be able to see growth in your life if you aren’t willing to work hard to pursue it. Your growth journey should be active and moving.
Easier said than done sometimes, right?
It’s not enough for me to tell you to stop being lazy. I wish it were as simple as turning off the lazy switch in your brain so that you can grow and be more productive each day… sadly, it doesn’t work like that. (more…)
A couple weeks ago, we talked about complacency. I said there were two types of complacency: One that stems from success and one that stems from a lack of success.
You might have wondered, “How could success make me complacent?”
I’ve heard it said that the greatest enemy to your future success is your past success. The thing you’ve accomplished are important, and you should be proud of what you’ve done. But you can’t allow those accomplishments to eliminate your desire for change, development, and innovation. (In comes complacency!)
Although you can’t control the things in life that come up and pull your attention, you can control your response to those things. Your ability to refocus and handle the unexpected will be incredibly important to your success. When you allow distractions to rule your emotions, you lose any ability to maintain control over your decisions.
Distraction is an enemy of growth; here’s the data to prove it, and how to practically handle life’s distractions.
Andy Puddicombe, speaker and Headspace founder, said in his TedTalk that our minds are lost in thoughts over 47% of the time.
Isn’t that crazy?
Almost 50% of the time, we’re thinking about something other than what we’re supposed to be thinking about.
And it’s a wonder how any of us get anything done!
Here are three steps to help rid yourself of the distractions that are keeping you from growth: