As Peter Drucker pointed out the first question anyone who wants to become an effective leader has to answer is, where did my time go?
Three keys to energy management (apart from diet and exercise), to help you build out from a solid core of time when you are at your best, focussing on what’s most important.
As busy pastors we can take the ‘give me the max’ approach to our diaries. Sure, another talk, Sure, another visit. There’s no end to them – keep ‘em coming.
As a horny-handed, been-lashed-to-the-mast-for-years pastor I thought I knew what I was doing.
If this meeting happens, the week runs so much more smoothly. And I’ve repeatedly learnt to my cost that if it doesn’t happen, I’m so easily derailed.
One of the lessons I’ve been learning recently is that different days of the week tend to have predictably different characters, and that learning to recognise and work with that is a healthy habit.
I do wonder, sometimes, if we go too hard with our plans too early, and the result is that we feel trapped by them.
This third edition has moved even closer to being the near-perfect solution to being calmly productive, and no competitor I have seen comes close to being second.
Cal Newport helps us see how to restrict ‘shallow work’ and its distractions, to work productively, and at depth.
A comment over the breakfast table gave a life-changing insight into John Stott.