Have you heard this one before?
“I have so much going on with fixing broken computers, doing training for staff, working with scheduling conflicts for the sunday service with the volunteers, ensuring that we have the microphones working with full batteries, ensuring that the website is running well, and ten other things, I cannot possibly worry about “dreaming big.” It’s just not a luxury I have.”
Another version of this fear to dream big might sound something like this.
“I could do X, Y, or Z, but how would I get the money for this, hook it all together, or figure out the right people to run the whole thing? Nah, I don’t think I can go down that road.”
Dreaming big should not be a problem that you need to solve for, but an opportunity to start something amazing.
If you have any investment in ministry with a church or non-profit, regardless if you are paid staff or a volunteer, you understand what it means to be busy. As a church techie, this busyness can be a huge issue if the very limited resource of time is not held with proper boundaries. If you ever worked for more than nine months on the church’s soundboard, video team, or presentation team, you more than likely have stated ,”I’ll just do it Sunday morning.”
This is how I’ve always felt about multitasking.
An old co-worker of mine once called it, “Double-tasking.”
That really puts multi-tasking into perspective.
Do people really think they can do more than one thing at once and do it well?
After three posts on organizing my church’s pastoral team (Count’em: one, two and three…), I’ve been inundated with suggestion for more GTD app (Getting Things Done) solutions. Clearly, you guys like productivity.
Well, I can dig it.
Now, what’s a blogger to do when the audience gives him so many awesome suggestions?
Do a round-up! (A round-up, in case you’re wondering, is a blog post that quickly reviews several different items.)
Will this be in-depth and well-researched? Certainly not. Will it be concise and riddled with misconceptions and generalizations? Most probably. Ok. Enough disclaimer. Let’s do this!
I just heard someone say this today, and I couldn’t have agreed more:
We live in the age of communication, but never before has there been so much misunderstanding.
For all of the e-mails, texts, and such that we send around our church office, we often misunderstand or misinform each other. That’s part of why we embarked on this mission to find a GTD app/system that would help us keep organized. In the previous post of this series, I revealed that we chose Wunderlist to manage our tasks for us. Today, I’d like to offer up another solution that would be helpful in a staff setting in which someone on the team is less than tech savvy.
For the longest time, Wunderlist was my go-to todo list.
I was so excited for Wunderlist 2 and with the announcement of the pro version, I was on the verge of jumping on it.
But then something awful happened.
Wunderlist refused to sync and I lost a good deal of updates and changes I had made.
Having tried several todo lists in the past, I wanted to try something new.
Does it ever seem to you that it’s harder to keep your team organized, even in this era of instant communication? I think it might be because the speed of society is perennially a notch or two ahead of mainstream technology, but whatever the reason, it’s up to us to do our best to fight back against poor organization.
To that end, I’ve been taking you on short journey that my church’s pastoral staff recently took as we sought out a simple, yet powerful way to organize our team. Last time, I showed your Teambox, a wonderful service that is just simply too much for us. Well, I have two more methods I’d like to show you, but I must admit that I’m going to do this in a weird way. I’m going to show you what we chose to do before I show the final and simplest method.
And so, with that, we turn our eyes to…Wunderlist.
There’s a big difference between dreaming and doing.
Although dreaming is a very important part of any project, it’s the act of doing that really matters!
You can spend all your days hanging-out in dreamland, but that doesn’t do any good.
How do you get projects started?
Timing is everything, as they say, and your workflow is no different.
I read an article by Tony Schwartz a while ago that’s really changed how I’ve been approaching my work tasks. For the most part, I had been feeling really worn down. Moreover, it seemed like whenever I had a chance to catch-up on work or get ahead, I had a hard time doing it. It felt like the more time I had to dedicate to writing, web designing or anything else, was lost.
Why did it feel like the amount of work done in three hours was not twice as much as what I could accomplish in three?
According to Tony Schwartz, here’s why:
There are many different types of leadership styles.
All with the goal of leading others.
It’s easy to over simplify leadership and call a leader a “success” if there are loads of people following them.
Looks can be deceiving.