Hazel: Tips & Tricks

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In our last post about the time-saving app, Hazel, we walked you through how to create a rules for automating your workday. We walked through how to set up sermons to automatically be renamed and uploaded to your server. In this post, we are going to look at 2 more rules that could speed up some of those tedious tasks that you find yourself doing every day. Organizing documents by their ministries Automatically organize pictures from various events. ... Continue Reading

Hazel: How to Automate Your Workday and Be More Productive

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I’m a big fan of automation. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my workflow and save time during the day. I often find myself doing little tasks over and over. If I can spend 30 minutes automating a task that would normally take me about 15 minutes each day, then I’d be saving hours each week. Check out how you can use Hazel to automate your workday: ... Continue Reading

The High Cost of Multitasking [Infographic]

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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: ... Continue Reading

Working from Home: Is It the Future? [Infographic]

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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... ... Continue Reading

The 10 Commandments of Virtual Management

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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 ... Continue Reading

Bad Leader, No Donut: Church Leadership Meets Church Tech

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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. ... Continue Reading

The Most Important Leadership Lesson

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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. ... Continue Reading

5 Tips for Reaching New Goals and Starting Good Habits

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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 ... Continue Reading

Railroads, Time Zones and Church Vestigial Adaptions

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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 ... Continue Reading