So many of my friends in ministry have similar struggles. Even in our individual ministries, we face similar hurdles and challenges. One of the most common difficulties in ministry is having margin in our lives. About a year ago, I posted a blog about my 50-10-01 Productivity Plan. In that post, I outlined the plan I developed for my coaching clients to help them maximize productivity by creating margin in their lives. I really believe that this super simple plan can revolutionize your life professionally, personally, and spiritually. My favorite way to explain this plan is to use the analogy of dropping lemons. Imagine with me for a moment that sitting before you is a glass filled to the brim with water. Now, what would happen if you were to drop a lemon into that glass? You would make a mess! Quite often, our days look like that full glass of water. There is so much to be done and so many tasks, meetings, and people that need our attention. We plan our days with little room for lemons, which leaves us unable to handle the unexpected things that we will inevitably face throughout the day. The 50-10-01 Productivity Plan will give you the margin you need to handle the day’s lemons. Mark Batterson writes, “The lack of margin will kill your creativity. If you don’t control your calendar, your calendar will control you. It starts with establishing boundaries. Then you need to guard against the Messiah complex. You can’t save everybody. In fact, you can’t save anybody. You aren’t doing anybody any favors if you make yourself available to everybody all the time.” Margin is important! Part of what makes work and life so fun is the unexpected, but you will be unable to handle those things if you do not have the margin to deal with dropping lemons. Over the next three weeks, I am going to walk you step by step through this system. We will work together not just to master this plan, but to create margin that will allow you to lead with grace and strength. No matter how good your plan may be, things will inevitably come up and this system will give you the tools you need perform with excellence. Implement this plan and I guarantee that you will see a difference in your productivity and effectiveness. For a free download of the 50-10-01 Productivity Plan, click here!
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