Your brain on multitasking is not the healthiest thing, nor the most productive means of getting things done.
This is why I’ve been trying to kill the “multitasking monster” and avoid the perils of multitasking for a while, now. So, when I see an infographic like the one pictured below, I am re-amped and reminded that staying focused on one task at a time is the most efficient means of getting things done.
Check it out:
Is working from home the way of the future?
As someone who is a digital tentmaker, working from home isn’t the future, it is the HERE and NOW!
It is interesting to see the statistics in the infographic, below, as well as people’s general reaction to working from home. Back when I worked a traditional 9 to 5, I had my own ideas about working from home, too. Working from home is not nearly as romantic as most people make it out to be…
As more companies go global, more people are also becoming part of the virtual workforce. Managing a virtual team has proven to be a cost-effective strategy as it allows companies to have access to the best talents without the geographical constraints. But having a virtual team also poses a few concerns for the virtual manager as virtual project management tend to be less formal and unstructured compared to the traditional option of expatriation.
To get the most out of your digital team, here are 10 tips on making virtual teams work towards success and effectiveness:
Many of us who work in church tech can readily recall an experience with church leadership where something goes wrong and we’re “called out” from the front. Or, perhaps we have been asked to provide high-quality AV with no support from the leadership, be it proper training, equipment, or personnel. I will offer some advice to church leaders that will shed light on what we in tech have to deal with and how church leadership can better support their tech teams.
You know it, I know it. Leadership matters. We hear it all the time. Speed of the leader, speed of the pack. Who the leader is will greatly determine the success or failure of any team or organization. It’s a big responsibility and if you’re like me, you have read countless books, attended great conferences and solicited feedback from much wiser and experienced mentors…all with the best intentions in mind. You have done anything and everything in your power to become the best leader possible. But yet, so often, something seems to be missing.
That’s where I found myself recently. Lost in the maze of leadership training and teaching. Feeling completely overwhelmed with how to put it all together. Surely it shouldn’t be this difficult, should it? And then breakthrough. I heard a simple story of one young little boy. It was this story that convicted and refocused my leadership lens.
I am not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to reflect on the previous year and try to make some positive changes. I like to think of it as more of “course correction” or a “refinement” of what I am already doing than a “New Year’s Resolution.” Maybe it is just semantics, but that is how I think about it.
What ever you like to call it, changing habits requires a change in your mindset. You cannot just declare to “lose weight” or “spend less time working on the weekends” and have it magically happen — assuming of course you don’t have any unicorn dust. You have to change the patterns in your life; you have to change your “workflow.”
Here are five tips for reaching those new goals and starting good habits.
One of the biggest obstacles to recording the ChurchMag Podcast has been the fact that all three of us are in different time zones. Now, the reason for time zones is pretty clear—we measure time based upon the position of the sun in the sky. However, did you realize that the continental US only formalized its four time zones in 19th century to accommodate railroads? Prior to this, each town/region established its own time based upon the sun’s position in the sky, meaning that each town had its own, very specific answer to the question “What time is it?” This made scheduling very difficult for railroads. Thus, time zones were created for the sake of simplicity. I’d learned this in school but had forgotten it until I read this article from CNN’s “10 Ideas” collection last month.
The article by Jose Pagliery suggests that the US dumps the anachronistic “daylight savings time” and merge its four time zones down into two. The article argues that having DST and four continental time zones merely adds complexity to our lives. Four time zones made sense in an era when the nation wasn’t as connected, but now, due to a national highway system, air travel, and the Internet, we’re far more connected. Sure, you could argue that four time zones does give us more accuracy according to the sun’s position, but does that really matter? Since this nation is no longer based upon agriculture, our time doesn’t really need to accommodate it so heavily.
I have been serving as a Multimedia designer and Technical team leader for 5 years at my church.
I have seen leaders, pastors, and volunteers come and go. Some cracking under pressure and others who drop out due to joining for the wrong reasons.
It would be nice to tell people that my job in ministry is easy. All I do is make pretty pictures and push buttons all day.
Church A/V teams, tech teams, praise and worship, and even the Sunday school program, all need volunteers. While most recruitment techniques involve announcements from the pulpit or setting-up a table in the back of the church, the most effective means of garnering help is through one-on-one relationships.
It’s far more effective for someone on the church tech team to invite someone they know from their Bible study to join, than it is for the Pastor to announce to the congregation that if anyone is interested in helping out the church tech team, to talk with church tech team leader.
While this is an effective way to recruit, most of us may have a hard time thinking of whom to ask.
Perhaps we need to look a little closer?
Recently, I was talking to a friend who works at a non-profit. She is passionate about what she does. She is talented and has experience that qualifies her to do her job. She gets along well with her co-workers and genuinely loves serving the people of her community. She is, in short, really good at what she is doing.
However, lately when we talk, I hear a note of tiredness and perhaps frustration in her voice. She is overworked and her organization is understaffed, and as a result important things sometimes fall through the cracks. Her work is never done, and often crowds into her weekends and even her rare vacations. Because of her amazing level of commitment and dedication she runs the risk of burning out, which would basically be a disaster for her organization.
Burnout looks a lot like being in the wrecker’s yard: