The Productive Pastor

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In today's podcast I talk about my new favorite productivity trick. I use templates for EVERYTHING. I cannot imagine not having access to them. They are super handy for several different reasons and I will share those with you later on.

The List:Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Evernote from Timemanagementninja.com
Consider this to be a great introductory post on how Evernote can change the way you do life. Wouldn't it be amazing to not have to constantly be trying to remember everything all the time and have instant access to all your thoughts, lists and other information?

Mikes on Mics Podcast
This is another great producivity podcast I have really been enjoying over the holidays. I powered down several episodes while traveling and Mike and Mike do a great show.

You've Got 25,000 Mornings as an Adult: 8 Ways to Improve Your Morning Routine: James Clear wrote a fantastic article about why mornings really matter and how they can be the best time of day for anyone. If you haven't taken advantage of mornings yet, I hope this convinces you.

Organize Your Life in 21 Days from Michael Lukaszewski
Michael, CEO of The Rocket Company, has put together a great free resource. I went through this email series late in 2013 and it is full of really practical tips to getting life more organized. It is done through quick email messages and gives you a few days to complete each task. I highly recommend it.

Up Your Productivity With Templates

How many times have you realized you missed doing a really simple task a couple of days back? For me, it was always sends the exact same email every Wednesday. I had to find a way to automate it, but it had to be customized every week. I tried putting a calendar reminder, but that didn't work either. It would go off at the wrong time and I would still forget.

I also like to evaluate regular events (like Sunday) and wanted to go through the same questions every time. This was a little bit more familiar. I realized I just needed to start setting up templates to organize many of the same tasks I do each week. Here are a few reasons templates can nearly instantly up your productivity.

1. They focus life. If anything is important in our life, personal or work, it has to be part of our habits. We focus so much of what we do around regular tasks, like exercising, reading, prayer and even event preparation, committee emails and other communication tasks. Templates help us with consistency.

2. They help us complete unnatural work.
There are certain tasks I need to accomplish weekly I am not naturally wired for. But that doesn't mean I can drop the ball. Having a template set up helps me to know it is coming and when it needs to be done.

3. They help us grow.
Templates keep us focused on what absolutely must be done. But they also help us track things. I use templates for many different things. Some are extremely task focused. Others tasks are template based because I want to build regular routines and rhythms. Doing the same thing over and over helps me with that.

My Weekly Tasks Template (pdf).

Tool Box Tip How many times do we know when we are worthless? I can tell you, without a doubt, I can't get anything done around 2;30. So I don't plan on it. I schedule really mindless tasks for this time. Or I take a quick nap or read a book. Getting over this 30-45 minute hump in my day the right way really affects what I do for the rest of the day.

Mentions:
I want to thank David Franks for winning our Christmas give away. He reviewed and rated The Productive Pastor on iTunes and shared on twitter. Thanks David!

I talked about the Evernote Essentials ebook on the episode. I highly encourage you to get this resource. If you have every wondered what you really should be doing, or could be doing with Evernote, this is the best way to learn.

A few episodes back I interviewed Jonathan Andersen and he gave us his template for Exegesis. In the shownotes I shared his template plus another one I was already using

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This episode of the Productive Pastor Podcast will be just a little different. Since it is the holiday season and many of us will be taking some time off, I decided it was time to have a conversation about Sabbath. For this topic...I know only one person who could share with us.

JD Walt is the sower-in-chief for Seedbed. This is fancy language for chief executive officer. I spent several years working with JD and it was one of the best working relationships and friendships I have ever had. JD is a practical theologian with an amazing command of scripture and the Christian life. He is also the first Sabbath keeper I have ever met.

JD shares with us a conversation about Sabbath, peace and chaos and what the sabbath keeping life is like. He gives some practical rhythms of keeping Sabbath as a family.

Mentioned Resources:
Sabbath Keeping, It's About Time by JD Walt. This is a great FREE resource.
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting by Marva Dawn

JD Walt:
jdwalt.com
@jdwalt

Direct download: Episode_005.mp3
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What does it mean to be a productive pastor? In this episode we begin the conversation of a theology of time management. I look at three beginning ideas.

1. Productivity vs. Call

2. Learning to live a quiet life

3. What we spend our time doing tells who we are

As always, we have some great blog posts to share on The List and a tip from the toolbox.

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003: Building a Priority Based Schedule

On the third episode of The Productive Pastor Podcast we tackle the topic of priorities and their place in your weekly routine. 

I have found my week runs smoother and I feel I have accomplished more when I consistently am able to compare my work to the priorities I have set up. Every part of this episode, from The List to the Toolbox focuses on what it means to routinely accomplish priorities and how this action gives us more time for what we care about and what we are most effective at. Content includes The List, 5 Steps To Building A Priority Based Schedule and a tip from the toolbox about daily routines.


Thanks for listening to this third episode. Keep on using the #productivepastor on twitter and Facebook. You can follow me at @revchadbrooks on twitter, Facebook, google plus and instagram. As always, I appreciate your iTunes review and rating!

Direct download: Episode_3.mp3
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002: Interview with Jonathan Andersen

In episode two we talk about plenty of great productivity practices for ministry leaders. Chad shares three great blog posts found around the internet and interviews Jonathan Anderson. Jonathan is a pastor in Georgia and is a person to learn from! Jonathan shares some of his practices for sermon preparation, how he keeps in contact with people and strategies of working in team based ministry.

As always, we dig into the toolbox and share a favorite productivity tip. The Productive Pastor Podcast is also giving away a 3 pack of the brand new Pitch Black Field Notes Brand notebook, Chad's preferred brand of pocket notebooks for daily use.

For full show notes, please visit productivepastorpodcast.com

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Have you ever struggled with how to get a great start in the morning. I want to give you tip on our first episode, and it is time dependent. It is the easiest and best way I have ever found to take control of the morning. I also bring in some listener feedback and talk about what is the most important thing ministry leaders need to be making time for in the day.

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The Productive Pastor is coming soon! This podcast is for ministry leaders to talk about productivity and time management and how we live that out inside the called life. While you wait for the first full episode to get here, check out host Chad Brooks' story and why he loves the idea of productivity.

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