I thought we’d wrap up this series sharing a few tips for navigating life as thiner:
Define Your Wins. I don’t get caught up in the rat race of tracking my hours. I know what I need to get done and what it looks like to win. I know that I put in a sufficient amount of time and that’s what matters. As long as I’m winning I don’t let the amount of time I’m spending or not spending affect my feelings of productivity and accomplishment at the end of the day.
Find a Schedule that Works for You. I personally allow myself a more flexible schedule, but I have friends in similar jobs who need more rigid schedule. I have several blocks of time in my week that I fit into that flowing schedule including:
- A couple of hours working on my next sermon. I’m usually 4-6 weeks ahead on sermons so the sermon I week on I may not preach for another month.
- A couple of hours working on the next series
- An hour to review and practice the sermon for Sunday. Chances are I haven’t seen that sermon for a couple of weeks so I spend some time praying over it and refining it.
- Several hours preparing and having meetings with staff. As the lead pastor I am responsible for being forward thinking and keeping us on vision as a church. I block out time to set meeting agendas, think through the conversations, etc.
- Several hours dedicated to communication. This includes communication with my church through emails, training videos for leaders, writing thank you notes and posts on The City. I also spend time communicating with people not in our church through notes, emails, and text messages.
Schedule Time to Fill Up. As you can see from above a great deal of my time is spend pouring out, whether that be through writing, preaching, counseling, leading a meeting, etc. When you spend a great deal of time outputting it’s important to block off time to fill up. I schedule time to do things like read, take a walk, listen to a podcast or anything else that will feed me emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
See a counselor. I have a counselor I see regularly. Because I spend so much time thinking and helping other people process, I need someone who can help me think and process. I also have a trusted group of pastor friends that have a group text message conversation we check into regularly to celebrate wins together and encourage one another through the tougher times.
Do you have any tips you would add that help you navigate life as a thinker?