I am someone that loves to check off boxes and get stuff done. In youth ministry, I STRUGGLED with this because ministry with kids is always in flux and never-ending. Even students who say yes to Jesus need to get into discipleship and potentially student leadership. It was hard for me because I never could say I got stuff done.
This applies to blogging too. It’s all about productivity. Currently, I have to write an article for ChurchandMentalHealth.com by Wednesday because I have given myself the task of writing at least one article every week. I’ve also committed to at least four articles for ChurchMag every month, this article is the first for March. I need to finish a PowerPoint presentation on creating a Drug-Free Workplace for work that is due by March 10 and requires a bit of research. This is amongst spending time with my wife, kids, and self-care with working out and video games.
How do I determine what needs to get done?
I actually subscribe to The Eisenhower Matrix, also known as Urgent versus Important table. It’s simple to do, here’s a video describing how it’s done.
Taking my list I have above, my family and kids are always urgent and important. My self-care is about halfway urgent and definitely important. My blogging is not urgent and not important. The Drug-Free Workplace presentation, somewhat important but not yet urgent.
From here, we take the urgent and important as a top priority that needs to get done ASAP. For the things that are important and not urgent, we need to schedule them out. For the urgent and not important, we can delegate them when possible, and the things that are not important or urgent, we need to just ignore them for now.
Here is the diagram for my current situation:
What are your thoughts on this way of improving productivity? What other ideas do you have to improve productivity?
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