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I might not be the best person to take time management advice from – I perpetually run about 15 minutes late to everything. So I don’t have it all together but have found a few ways to squeeze a little extra productivity out of the work week. Here are a few of the ones I like the most:

Get a 10-minute jump start on your day the night before
This one might not be the best one for everyone in case it would upset your restful sleep – but for me I can get a ton of work started if I do a quick check in right before bed. Once the family is set for the night and the house is quiet, I like to steal 10 minutes on webmail to set the day tomorrow. Maybe a quick scan of the calendar, a short reply, or an awareness of tomorrow’s challenges help me prepare mentally for the next day.

Turn off work on your day(s) off
When it is time to be off – be off! I realize that many church cell phones are also your personal phone, but you’ve got to shut them down. If you play hard, it’ll help you focus on work when it is time to work. Religiously take a day off, and make sure you’re really off.

Ditch TV unless you’re exercising or being productive
A great way to make sure you get both exercise and entertainment in during the week is to combine them. If you find yourself killing too much time on the couch, limit the amount of TV you watch by time on the treadmill. You might be surprised by what you could do (start a blog, write a book) if you force yourself to be productive at the same time or drop TV altogether.

Cut the distractions in the office
Turn off your email alerts. Disable Facebook’s constant stream of interruptions. Make sure Twitter isn’t always stealing your focus and concentration. Close your door if you have to. When you give yourself wholly to a task or complete it, reward yourself with a social media break or walk around the church office.

Lump similar tasks together
Let’s say you have to make 5 phone calls, write 15 cards, return 16 emails and work on budgets with multiple people. By putting these tasks into chunks of time you’ll be able to knock them out more quickly. Get in a rhythm, crank out the calls or projects all at once.

How do you squeeze more work into your work week?

JG

6 COMMENTS

  • Chris Wesley says:

    Josh, great post, I agree there is definitely a lot of wasted time. One thing that’s key for me is creating a check-list and putting it in front of me throughout the day.

  • Jeremiah Isley says:

    Yeah man, great thoughts. It’s tough in my position to get focus, because I tend to do a lot of my ministry work in my downtime at my day job. So turning off the email alerts, and taking the phone off the hook could have catastrophic consequences. I often find it’s best to have some sort of list to work from so I can jump back on the train of thought I just had to interrupt.

    Blessings,

    Jeremiah

    http://www.NoBusiness.org

  • Charmaigne Van Rooyen says:

    Great article! I have learnt it is best not to turn on my computer on Mondays until I have dealt with all the clutter on my desk. If I need to be using it I wont go online. The challenge to me is balancing the many phone calls with my actual work day. Work is creeping into my LIFE! I dont mind at all, but my toddlers seem to…

  • DC Curry says:

    Good stuff Griff!

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  • Paul Loeffler says:

    I agree with Chris. Not only does it help keep me focused to have a list, but it also feels like accomplishing things as I check off those items.

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