Craig Jarrow had a great piece over at the Time Management Ninja today. He talks about 21 things that most people don’t do, but you should do if you want a competitive advantage.
As church leaders, we want to get as much done and be as successful as possible in our mission. Here are some of the things Craig suggests that will give you the edge. (and some private thoughts on how I’m doing here)
1. Get up early. Sometimes I do better at this than others. This morning: 7:00 a.m. I’d really like to change that to about 6:00. I love the productivity I have early in the morning, but I hate getting up out of bed. Mostly because I’m a night person… I’d rather stay up late and get stuff done than get up early to do it.
2. Prepare for your day. I’m doing better with that. I’ve tried all kids of online ‘to-do’ lists and productivity type things… but paper and pencil still works for me as good as anything. Of the 10 things on my list today, I have about 7 of them marked off so far. Not bad by 9:21. Guess that speaks to the getting up early thing (See #1)
3. Exercise. I’m trying to do better here as well. I’m a computer guy. I spend most of my day on the computer… and I love it. But it doesn’t get me up and about much. I recently bought a nice treadmill and am starting to use it. This morning, I walked 2 miles. I’d like to increase the amount and speed… but am trying to take it slow. At least I’m making some progress in this area. Some is better than none, I guess.
4. Finish ahead of deadlines. Ouch. I usually hit all my deadlines, but right on the deadline. I remember Craig Groeschel sharing that he manufactures fake deadlines in his head and that that works for him. Maybe I’ll try that. Anyone have any suggestions on how to move up your deadlines so you’re not always on the clock.
5. Say No. I do OK here. My biggest problem is not saying no… it’s not saying anything. I want to do everything, but I can’t. So, many times I’ll get requests or ideas that require some action and I let them sit in my in-box for a few weeks. I don’t say yes and I don’t say no. That has to be incredibly frustrating for people on the other end. I need to work harder at either saying no, or moving.
6. Make Decisions. OK… given what I said in #5, you may think that I don’t make decisions well… but actually I think I do ok in this area. In fact, I get easily frustrated at people who can’t make decisions. Or those who want to include 15 people in a meeting to make a decision that is actually pretty easy. And I get frustrated with people that take FOREVER to make a decision. Maybe they’re just pulling a #5 on me… but most of the time, I think it’s that people don’t want to make a wrong decision, so they delay it. Unfortunately, the decision to delay a decision is still a decision. And it’s a decision that drives me crazy!
You can read all of Craig’s 21 things here.
What do YOU do that you think gives you an advantage over others in these areas? I’d love to hear!