Fri, 27 March 2015
Do you have big rocks in your schedule? Or do you just do everything in the order it comes in?
We are going to talk about making sure the right things are scheduled and scheduled first in this episode.
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Social Media Redux
This last week I worked on being more intentional with my personal social media scheduling and was able to increase Productive Pastor downloads by 300%. Trust me, we can never stop being intentional enough with our social media scheduling. It free's us up to actually be social and interact with people.
Scheduling the Big Rocks
Have you ever seen the illustration involving a jar, big rocks, pebbles, sand and water (or some variation). The basic idea is when we put the big (ie: most important) things in first we are able to get everything else in. This episode we are going to talk about how to schedule those big rocks.
1. What Matters Most?
3. Weekly Planning
I think the week is the time during our strategic productivity that provides the best results. If we can rock the week-we can do anything. Sit down with your big rocks and determine how much time they will take to accomplish. You are going to schedule that time first.
4. Build Your Workflow
1. Meetings/Things that Don't Move.
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Fri, 13 March 2015
Welcome to the 29th Productive Pastor. This episode is all about social media scheduling and how that might affect transparency and honesty. I also give a social media scheduling sheet at the bottom of the shownotes. This whole episode came from this instagram picture from a few months back.
While I am not scheduling a month in advance right now, I totally believe in mapping out social media scheduling. My friend David Lyell asked a great question and I promised I would hit it up in a future episode. Well now you have it!
Thanks for all the great folks who shouted out about the last episode with Omar and Michelle. They got open and honest with us and it really resonated with people.
I also want to thank Michael Romans for this awesome tweet.
Project Management Links
We did a couple of episodes on project management in season two and I found two great links this week about project management tools. I want to share them with you, I think both are great ideas for how to actually manage a project.
How to use Social Media Scheduling (and not lose your soul)
I believe highly in social media scheduling, just for the sake of productivity, much less for intentionality. Many people argue that doing great social media takes to much time, but with scheduling you can take care of it in a few minutes a week. Let's break this into the Why, What, When, Who and How.
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So how do I use this sheet?
Fri, 27 February 2015
Fri, 13 February 2015
Today I interview one of the top leaders in ministry in the modern world, Carey Nieuwhof, the pastor of Connexus Church in Ontario, Canada. This episode is full of absolute gold.
I wanted to have this conversation with Carey because of his unique situation in ministry. He has served in the same town for decades and has some of the same people with him since the beginning. I let Carey tell you the nuts and bolts of this story. Here are the questions I used to guide our conversation.
1. How did your approach to productivity shift as your ministry changed?
The part of our conversation I appreciated the most was when we talked about proactive vs. reactive. It has been a topic on my mind lately and I imagine I will be devoting a future episode to the topic.
The Back Matter
Fri, 16 January 2015
Welcome to the third season of the Productive Pastor. I am really excited about this season and I want to share a few things with you before we jump into the episode.
New Content: I am working up a great way to feature different folks in the productive pastor community. One of the things I am fascinated with is other peoples work flows and space. Look for the "How I Pastor" series coming out soon.
New Resources: I am committing myself to putting together 3-4 new resources this season for you and give them away. Most of these are in development right now.
How to Read for Maximum Effectiveness
Most of us in ministry are readers. If not, you need to be. Readers are leaders and leaders are Readers. It is a cliche...but totally the truth. The best pastors and ministry leaders are the ones constantly learning.
Reading can easily be a drag. We don't know what to read or how to go about retaining the information. There are services out there giving you book summaries...but let's be honest. Most of them are barely passable.
Maximizing your reading is all about developing a system for reading.
What really opened my eyes up over the last 6 months was a series of articles by Ryan Holiday.
Let me be honest with you. I first read these articles in the summer and spent to much time digging around the rest of Ryan's archives. But the secret I found really isn't a secret. Tons of other people manage to read an inordinate amount of material and keep ahead of it...all while managing other jobs.
The secret to reading for maximum effectiveness is to intentionally (and strategically) plan your retention.
1. Map out your reading.
2. Find a time.
3. Have a system.
4. Process your reading.
This sounds laborious, but imagine what it can be like in 10-20 years when you have an extensive research library you can search, right at your fingertips and it is your own thoughts.
The Back Matter
The Bookshelf: Over the last two weeks I have been reading 2 great books I want to recommend.
Michael Lukaszewski (episode 19) has a great new company called Church Fuel. Their main product is a year program focused on systems. It looks great.
Our next episode will be a conversation with several people about call, time management and how their own personal theological development of productivity has affected their life.
Fri, 21 November 2014
Rich Birch on Project Management
Rich and I talk about project management and what it looks like for church leadership to learn about project management and why it is vital to ministry.
Our conversation focuses around 3 questions.
1. What is your organizational sweet spot?
2. What do ministry leaders need to not just understand, but rock project management?
3. How can a leader get their feet wet with project management?
We talked about these books to help people begin to rock project management.
Rich also shares about his passion for excellent announcements in worship and offers the Productive Pastor community a great free resource. You can grab it at unseminary.com/chad
Over the last few weeks you might have missed the Productive Pastor Podcast (at least I hope you did). Last week I shared this email with the folks signed up for the insider list. What I realized is I had lost my motivation, the "why", of why this podcast matters tremendously to me.
As I was contemplating this I read a blog post entitled "How I Went from Mad to Motivated". The quote that stuck out the most to me was this...
“Once I woke up from that false perspective – the perspective that the other stuff was more of a distraction at the time than anything else – I got mad at myself. Then I wanted to do something about it. I wanted to get back on the horse - the right horse. I was motivated."
So I did what I normally do. I made a list. I made a list of why many different things mattered to me. I realized many things I really care about had dropped off the map.
So the podcast will be back. In January. With amazing new stuff and a great interview to kick off the new season. In the interim I will be producing some great new additions to the Productive Pastor community.
Fri, 10 October 2014
Welcome to Project Management month. This month we are going to focus all of the productive pastor content on project management. I have some great resources and interviews lined up.
10 Indicators You Have No Margin in Life: Charles Stone
The 5 Zeros You Should Achieve Every Day To Have Peace Of Mind: Timo Kiander
The Challenge of Setting Multiple Goals at Once (and how to actually do it): Belle Beth Cooper
Two Things Most People Miss The Most That Matter The Most
As we dig into Project Management 101, there are two things we really need to talk about. I strongly feel if anyone can get these two done well (or at least decent), they will have made much more headway than the average person.
The first secret to great project management is focusing on the clarity you will need to drive you throughout the project.
Fri, 26 September 2014
Ok listeners. It's time to get into the big stuff. Not the easy, entry level time management, but the stuff of practitioners and productivity evangelists. This episode is about how to lose a work week and not lose your sanity. From time to time we all have to do it. The very fear of this is probably one of the reasons people in ministry don't sabbath well. We are scared to be out of town because of all the work we might get behind on.
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How To Lose a Week (and not lose it all)
1. Know what you do.
2. What can you NOT do?
3. What can YOU not do?
4. What can you work ahead on?
5. Can you squeeze in a little time while you are gone?
6. Plan your reentry.
Fri, 12 September 2014
Have you ever almost shut down from the stress of loosing control of your to-do list? Don't lie. You have. We all have.
In this episode of The Productive Pastor I share the 5 ways you can destroy a massive to-do list and set yourself up for future productivity success.
1. 1 Big and Three Medium: John Zeratsky
2. 7 Things You Can Do on Friday to Make Monday Awesome: Kevin Daum
3. Achieve Your Goals by Focusing on Critical Activities: Harry Che
How To Destroy A Massive To-Do List
1. Collect it.
2. Get it all in the same place.
3. Filter out what can die.
Let them die.
4. Categorize and rank importance.
Once you have them grouped, start ranking them by importance. I prefer the Eisenhower Method. Start marking what is important and urgent. Those are your mission critical tasks.
5. What is yours alone and what can be delegated?
Fri, 29 August 2014
I have been waiting for this episode for months! I sit down with John Chandler, host and producer of the Sermonsmith podcast and learn from him. John interviews a different preacher on each episode and it is a wealth of knowledge about the craft of sermon preparation.
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Sermonsmith and John Chandler
John and I had a great conversation. I asked him these 5 questions.
1. What motivated you to start a podcast all about sermon preparation?
We had a great conversation and I hope you both enjoy it and check out Sermonsmith.
You can check out the archived Productive Pastor Insider where I shared my sermon workflow here.