I’ve always wanted to believe that whatever I team I worked with was productive. I didn’t want an assembly line or a pristine environment where mistakes couldn’t be made; I wanted a place where ideas thrived, people liked working there, and everyone was clear about what was important.
Of course, a team like that does not come without work, listening, and a little bit of know-how. Today, I want to share a little bit of what I’ve learned about how to make your team more productive. Here is my advice: (more…)
Most of the myriad to-do list apps are fine. Some of them are very good. But none of them has ever solved my problem—your problem—of having too much to do, too little time to do it, and a brain incapable of remembering and prioritizing it all. Which explains why the old ways remain so popular.
via It’s 2016. Why Can’t Anyone Make a Decent Freaking To-Do App? | WIRED
Vlog Episode #003. Last week was all about surviving the snow. So of course, we’re going to talk about deadlines.
If you’re running the social media or marketing campaigns for your church, then you know that you have a lot going on. Sometimes you have so much going on that it can become overwhelming and make you want to crawl back into bed and hide under the covers. If this is you, don’t worry. I’ve got three quick hacks to help you get your day off to a productive start and tackle whatever the world throws at you.
A lot of pastors tell me they don’t see how doing social media could be seen as productive work. They see things like Facebook and Twitter as a distraction from real work. I understand from an outsider’s perspective, social media can seem like a waste of time. Of course, if you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you know it’s that it not a waste of time. However, it’s a valid to ask how someone can stay productive while running social media.
If you’re running social media for your church or an organization, you probably know the tension between checking email, social media feeds, creating content and doing the rest of the work that’s on your plate. Granted, social media may be a part of your job, but the constant checking of social media feeds and responding can sometimes leave you feeling like you didn’t get anything accomplished.
To be honest, this is something I’m still trying to work through. There’s no manual on how to stay productive and run social media. However, there are some key habits that I’ve developed that have helped me become more productive and still stay on top of social media. These are habits that I’ve refined over time that have helped me still get work done and still stay on top of social media. Interested in developing the same habits? Well here are three to start with: (more…)
Last week was a hard. After beating brain cancer and then dealing with a host of other ailments, my dad passed away. So while I typically don’t write about personal matters, I think that my dad’s impact on me is something worth writing about.
My dad was Vietnam war veteran (22 years in the Navy), a Scoutmaster, a runner and a prolific reader. Of course, most importantly, he was an amazing father and husband.
One of things I didn’t expect to experience last week was all of the people who shared stories with me about my father. Some of the stories I knew, while others were fresh to me. After listening to story after story, I began to sense a theme emerging that helped clarify for me what my father had taught me. Here’s a quick list of what I learned: (more…)
I’ve written a lot lately about why I think your pastor and your staff should blog. Sure, it’s easy for me to encourage you and your church staff to do this. It’s an entirely different endeavor to actually go and write content for a blog or your church’s web site.
Don’t worry, I’ve been in your shoes. I’m not a prolific writer. I’d say that I’m mediocre at best, but I’ve learned a few tricks that make blogging much easier for me. I’ve learned that I don’t have to be a night owl, or have the latest software. Instead, I’ve learned two very important things that have helped me double my output of blog posts. Here they are… (more…)