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How to be More Productive

I got an encouragement e-mail from a local pastor Jeff Dixon Pastor of Covenant Community Church in Sanford, FL. How managing your time as a leader really does matter on how productive you can be in anything you do.

Three things I've noticed about productive people.

1. They're protective of their time.
They don't waste their time and they don't let others waste their time.
Because they see time as a resource given to them by God to manage effectively...they approach life that way. They tend to ask themselves, "Is this the best thing I can be doing at this moment?" This is where so many drop the ball. I can list you people who manage their time so poorly that their lives are a mess, if they are leaders their teams are a mess, and they have lost their impact. Time is one of our most precious gifts

2. They know how to say to no.
Productive people spend most of their time doing things that take them in the direction of their goals.
They know how to make the distinction between a good use of their time and the best use of their time.
Productive people know that their time and strength and resources are limited. You can't do everything that everyone else wants you to do; you can only do what God has called you to do. It's important to know how to say, "no."

As we have learned in ADVANCE as leaders this plays to our strengths. I believe and contend that we should always be striving to strengthen our strengths. It is anti-cultural but then again, so is following Jesus

3. They limit the number of projects they pursue.
I've never met a truly successful person who was spread too thin. They tend to dig deep, not wide. Productive people invest more of their time in fewer projects. The result is that they get more done.

Some people I've known who were supposedly good with managing time were, in fact, abrupt and impatient, always with the impression that you're imposing.
It doesn't have to be that way.

Effective time management doesn't mean that you're always in a hurry. It means that you're always focused on doing what matters. This includes, sometimes, just hanging out with your kids and doing nothing. It includes, sometimes, swapping stories with co-workers and employees. It includes, sometimes, sitting in a park and praying about what's happening in your life. It also includes seasons of rolling up your sleeves and working your socks off!

William Penn said, "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." Using time well is a lifelong pursuit, a never-ending process of weeding and pruning.

Psalm 90:12 in the New Living Translation says, "Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom."

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