This week was one of the most productive weeks this year for me in terms of youth ministry tasks. I was able to build our student ministries Facebook page, take volunteers out to eat, develop new program ideas, meet with potential adult leaders and more. The reason I was able to accomplish so much was because of a conscience decision to manage/delegate my time wisely. For the next few days I’ll be posting a 3-part post on managing your time in Youth ministry.
Today I want to focus on “time wasters”. What are the “time wasters” in your life and ministry? What are the things in your day that keep you from what matters most? If I’m honest, here is a quick list of some of my common “time wasters”:
-surfing the web (Facebook/twitter)
-Spending too much time with complainers
-not taking the time to manage my time!
-getting stuck doing “urgent” tasks
These are just a few of my own personal “time wasters”. What about you? Where do you spend your time on things that don’t really matter in the long run? The thing we need to remember is this: when we say “yes” to something we are always saying “no” to something else. Every time you say yes to a new program for example you are potentially saying no to another program, volunteer, family event, etc. When we spend our time on stuff that doesn’t really matter, we are saying no to things that should matter a ton!
Before we can begin to manage our time wisely in youth ministry we need to know where our time is being spent. An easy way for you to figure out your own time wasters this week is to simply track what you are doing. Keep a log this week of where you are spending your time. At the end of the week take a look at your list and see if there is anything that you can/should cut out. You may be really surprised about how much extra time you can create! Share your comments below!
…tomorrow’s post: Scheduling your week.