Go Slow to Go Fast

As I shared a couple of weeks ago I’ve been doing a lot of research and study on productivity lately.  My favorite group to follow is @asianefficiency and their implementation of Agile Results.

Today they tweeted “Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things!” Peter Drucker.  http://t.co/9pUBJB8Myc

My natural tendency is to create systems and to figure out the best way to deal with my current list of to-dos without really evaluating whether or not that list of to-dos is really what I need to be spending time on.  This quote today describes the paradigm shift that has been happening for me lately.

So what does all of this have to do with being an administrator at church.  A lot!  My job from the time I walk in the office to the end of the day is all about getting things done…it’s a very production based job and it’s easier (and more satisfying) to just focus on crossing things off the list. It takes greater thought and courage to step back and decide what the right things are.

How do you even begin to decide what the right things are? Have you ever heard “Sometimes you gotta go slow in order to go fast”  It means taking time initially so that later things can speed up.

A couple of things that I’ve started to apply to my own life.

Make Time:  As Christians, our first impulse should be to pray unceasingly. So often we turn to God when major things happen but forget the day to day gift of an active relationship. Taking the time each day to seek God and His will for my schedule has become a non-negotiable part of my planning.

Be Intentional: Take a look at your job and evaluate – on a regular basis.  The Agile Results system recommends a monthly look (30,000 ft), a weekly look (15,000 ft) and daily look (5,000 ft) – the point is to start being in charge rather than reacting.  No plan is a plan…just not a very good one!

Just do it: How many times have you planned out everything but then don’t want to do it?  The greatest skill I’ve learned of late is the power of three.  What three things do you want to accomplish today?  This week? This month?  I love the focus…I love the manageability…I love how it has made me more intentional with my time.  Finally, it gets me out of the day to day and more focused.

Looking to improve your own productivity? Check ’em out and I’d love to hear about your own experiences :)

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.