The new year is a good time to refresh, recharge and renew your approach to work. Working in the church can be a challenge. You need to take care of yourself. That’s the focus of our January resource pack in our Courageous Storytellers Membership Site.
Along with a webinar from Kelley Hartnett, a 31-day ebook devotional, a Sabbath checklist, and more, Courageous Storytellers offers a PDF listing 75 productivity tips for church communicators.
Here’s a sample of some of those tips to help you do your job even better.
- Schedule Your Tasks
Keeping a task list is important. However, if you want to take your productivity to the next level, move tasks from the list to the calendar.
- Batch Similar Tasks
Changing from task type to task type can interrupt your fow. Batch similar tasks for maximum output.
- Don’t Be a Perfectionist
We’re all working for God, so we’re called to work with excellence. However, when we confuse excellence with perfection, our productivity grinds to a halt. The church will be OK with your best. Don’t be a perfectionist.
- Use the “Two Minute” Rule
If something can be done in two minutes or less, go ahead and do it instead of adding it to your task list.
- Schedule Your Free Time
One of the most important principles of being productive is not working all the time. If you have trouble taking breaks and resting, schedule your free time on your calendar just like you do work time and other appointments.
- Eat Better
Eat healthy foods that help you better manage your energy. Often managing our time isn’t the problem—we need to manage our energy.
- Figure Out Your Biological Prime Time
Each of us is wired to perform at maximum at a different time of day. Pay attention to when you feel most productive and schedule your most important priorities at that time.
- Give Your Family/Friends Your Best Time
Once you figure out when is your best time of the day, don’t give that to work but rather to your loved ones. Why should our family and friends get our leftovers?
- Keep a “Waiting On” List
One way we lose productivity is when we forget who and what we’re waiting on and miss following up on impediments to completing our tasks.
- Focusing on Doing the Right Things
Instead of only focusing on doing more, focus on doing what’s most important. We often spend a lot of time doing busywork, but don’t get anything accomplished.
- Ask for Help
One of the biggest productivity tips I ever learned was to ask for help. There is power in the “ask.” People are often eager to help you get stuff done. Don’t be shy to ask.
- Don’t Take Being Productive so Seriously
Sometimes we get so stressed about being productive that it interrupts our productivity. Stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the journey and you might fnd yourself getting more done.
Join Courageous Storytellers to get the full list of 75 productivity tips.