Where to Begin

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I’m having one of those days where there is so much to get done that it’s difficult to figure out where to start. Since I’ve been in this position a “gagilian” (yes…that’s a word) times before, I thought I’d lay out a few things that always seem to help me through mornings like this.

1. Don’t Neglect Your Quiet Time. If you’re working in creative ministry, it make absolutely no sense to neglect the greatest source of inspiration there is. God will bless your time if you give it to Him first.

2. Organize. For many “creative types” this is a huge struggle and honestly it’s not something that can happen spur of the moment. You need to plan for an overwhelming morning, so that when it comes you are prepared to arrange your day. There are 2 things that have really helped me with this process. 

  • The White Board– The white board holds great planning power. I have an 8×4 board hogging most of the wall in front of my desk. On it, I keep the next 4 weeks of creative content (i.e. teams, service orders, line ups, videos, specials, dramas…) I also keep a list of things that need to get done (i.e. video shoots, graphics etc…) and list a deadline next to each one.
  •  Calendar – Use your computer calendar the right way. Set it up to alert you of upcoming events and meetings, check it regularly and keep it up to date. On days when things are getting out of hand, it will help you see more clearly how to arrange your day.

3. Prioritize. What is essential for your next service? If you need to shoot a video for something that’s 2 or 3 weeks out, it can wait. Look at what MUST be done in order to make Sunday happen and start there.

4. Cancel Things. Don’t be afraid to cancel a meeting if it’s clearly something that can wait. I try not make a habit of doing this, but if it’s October and I have a meeting scheduled to talk about Easter…it can be rescheduled without impacting things negatively. Believe me…people will understand.

5. Delegate. Hand some things off to your team. You were never meant to do it alone, so don’t start now. You’d be amazed how quickly people will be willing to help you out.

On days like this, the most important thing is to give the day to God. He knows you’re busy and overwhelmed and spinning way too many plates…but He also knows how to navigate through it all. Pray for His leading and you won’t be disappointed.

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