Mobile Apps to Plan Your Ideal Week

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One of the ideas I have completely stolen from Michael Hyatt is to try to create my “ideal week” and get as close to it as possible. The basic idea is that you realistically allocate time for all the different tasks you need to do during the week at the optimal time for them. So you might have two 30 minute blocks for managing your email at the start and end of the day, you’d also have the commute to work included and maybe picking your kids up from school every Wednesday and Friday afternoon ... Continue Reading

The Spark Planner: Kindling the Fire of Organization


The Staff Writers at ChurchMag try to find niches in which we can become experts, and lately, I've been fighting to claim the "sweet notebook" beat. In the last year, I introduced you to the Passion Planner and Spark Notebook, the BASICS Notebook, the DreamWeaver Planner, and most recently the BULLET Journal. Pretty exhaustive, isn't it? Well, let's add another one to the list: ... Continue Reading

Do Work Breaks Increase Productivity? [Infographic]

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Breaks at work. Do they help? One of my expectations with work is that I show up to work on time, leave on time, and do not do any work activities during lunch. Many times, that is when I am writing these blog posts, but some times I just take a break and watch one or two YouTube videos. To support this decision and answer the question asked is the infographic below. ... Continue Reading

Church Tech: When to Plan

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In church tech it seems like we are constantly planning. Planning the next event, the next training session, and holidays 6 months from now. We know we need to plan and plan better. Sometimes we plan well. Other times we plan uh...less well (if at all—admit it). The question remains. When should we plan? The answer is quite simple. ... Continue Reading

Audio, Video, or IM Meetings: Unwritten Teleconferencing ‘Rules’

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People are naturally apprehensive about trying new things, and long distance conferencing is no different. Whether you are having an audio meeting, video conference, or even just a text chat in a private chat room, there are some rules that you will need to implement to prevent utter chaos. There are rules and etiquette to hosting a virtual meeting that are very much like the rules for hosting any other meeting. Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts to help you on your way. ... Continue Reading

Crafting A Message to Get Volunteers Involved

Crafting A Message To Get Volunteers Involved

The mission of your church, in a practical sense, depends on volunteers' involvement. It is how all members engage with the mission of God. It is a practical way for Christ followers to make a difference. Thus it is important to have others involved. Crafting a message to get volunteers involved is an important part of this. Your volunteer structures could be getting in the way of members getting involved. There are also other reasons volunteers don't engage with your mission. The way you ... Continue Reading

Disaster Recovery Planning and the Church

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Disasters happen everywhere. There is no special bubble of protection surrounding churches that protect them from disasters. The key is planning for and responding to disasters instead of simply reacting to disasters when they occur. But how? Planning. Many people focus on the first two words of Disaster Recovery Planning and focus too little on the last. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to recover from a disaster without proper planning. Seriously, though, what disasters do churches ... Continue Reading

5 Tips for Stress Free Video Meetings

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Video conferencing is quickly becoming one of the most convenient and cutting edge ways to connect with employees for business collaborations, essential meetings, and training sessions. However, it’s not without its occasional difficulties. Here are some tips to help keep your video meetings as successful and productive as possible in the face of some common sources of stress. ... Continue Reading

The RPG Productivity Player’s Guide: How to Survive the Dungeon Crawl [Series]

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[This is part 6 in the RPG Productivity Player’s Guide series.] In RPG’s, dungeon crawls are about as simple as it gets. Oftentimes, there’s only one goal (survive, or a variation thereof) and no megaplot. All you need to do, is hack and slash your way to the finish line, whatever that may look like. Some gamers look down on dungeon crawl games, because they crave a more complex game. They want an overarching subplot, the option to develop multiple characters, they love the conflicting info ... Continue Reading

Busyness: The Death of Your Heart

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I am a very busy person. Sometimes that's my fault. Sometimes stuff happens. Sometimes I find myself having an anxiety attack and realize that it's because I've got a to-do list longer than Psalm 119 and haven't taken time to breathe, let alone pray. And that's when I start to fall apart. We were created for God's presence, and we were created to live in balance: quiet times and times of high energy and activity; times in the dark and times in the sun; times to think and times to act; times to ... Continue Reading