Category Archives: Productivity

You vs. your email

Writer/director Nora Ephron once wrote that people used to say it was much simpler to return twenty emails than ten telephone calls. She went on, “Executives now return hundreds of e-mails every day, and life is not remotely simpler. They …

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Did you do this life hack this morning?

Here’s one of my best tips for getting more done in ministry. I’m wondering if you did it this morning. Plan your day . . . before you check your email. If you did that this morning, awesome. And if …

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Do you interrupt yourself?

Grrrr…interruptions are the bane of pastoral ministry. It can be hard to get anything done when a church member pops into your office or sends an urgent text message, or a staff member says, “I just need five minutes of …

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Have you done your ministry planning for fall?

Are you ready for September? I know, some of the organized types started planning for fall this last January. But if the pastors I speak to are representative, you’re not completely ready yet. When I was a pastor, I don’t …

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When Are You Taking Time Off–Completely?

Today I want to ask you an important question: When was the last time you were completely out of touch? It’s becoming rarer in our culture. A friend spent time in a cabin in the woods where she’s been going …

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3 Mistakes That Slow Down Your Ministry Productivity

We’ve been talking about a lot of pressing issues in ministry, and I’m excited to take a breath and dive into today’s topic: Productivity. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the burden of ministry:  the constant feeling of responsibility and …

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