Here’s the truth – sometimes Pastors can be the worst time managers. When in reality, the nature of our calling demands that we be excellent managers of our time.
Here’s a simple time management tip that has saved me tons of time over the years: Bundle similar tasks together. If you have 5 calls to make, make them one after the other. This way, you don’t spend too much time on each call. You are able to give each call the time time it deserves without chewing the fat for an hour and getting behind on your work.
The same thing is true for email, letters, touching base with staff, and writing letters –bundle the items together and you will see how much more productive you are. The reason? Because with each task you pick up speed and get through all of these items more quickly.
Also, I don’t bug my staff over every little thing I think of. I keep a notepad of my desk with their names on them and when I get a few items on there I get up and walk into their offices and share the 3-5 things I needed to talk to them about. This way it gives me someface time with them (and I’m acting like a hermit in my office) and it allows me to share what I need to without spending all day talking.
Bundle up – try it… you’ll love it because you’ll accomplish more in less time.
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