Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Write It Down!

Habakkuk 2:2
Then the LORD replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it."

I am constantly looking for ways to improve my efficiency and effectiveness in life. My desire is to be faithful, focused and fruitful. Some days I do way better than others. After Sundays when I preach, Monday is typically really bad for me. I catch my stride on Tuesday and have some systems that when executed increase my effectiveness by at least 80%. (72% of stats are made up on the spot).

One of the best tools I've found is to have a daily task list. I try to write out a list of my top 10-12 tasks each day and then label them based upon A, B, C priorities. I eliminate all tasks that can be delegated to someone else on our team and labeling them D for delegation. In addition to this, I have a master list that I work from each week. I print out this weekly list on Monday's and it has all that I'd like to get accomplished for the week. This weekly list I place inside of a black book that I carry with me, tearing off the front page each day and putting a fresh list for the day.

This is in conjunction with a moleskin that I carry around to capture thoughts, dreams, conversations, lessons, things I sense God speaking to me about, etc... I review this moleskine consistently to make sure I'm getting items to my weekly and daily task lists. This also is supported by an annual list of goals and a six week project list that all narrows into a daily focus on task execution.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It sounds kind of anal doesn't it. Your personality may be different than mine, more artistic, less structured, etc... I would exhort you no matter what your personality is, find a system that works for you and make sure you are writing things down. The more consistent you become in writing thoughts and ideas down the more you will find your effectiveness increase. Make sure to prioritize. Figure out what only you can do, work towards a vision and watch God do more with your life in a day, week, month, year than you ever imagined.

PS, Now I can go cross off, "Write Blog" from my task list.