No More Manic Mondays!

No More Manic Mondays!

Mondays. The day of the week many people dread for various reasons. However, for many others, Mondays offer a start to accomplish new goals and give a fresh perspective to tackle the week ahead. You either love ’em or you hate ’em.

Today, I’m sharing a peek into what my Mondays typically look like. These seven tasks help me to start my week off on the right foot. While I don’t do every single thing below every Monday, this gives you a general idea of what I block Mondays out for.

FOLLOW UP WITH NOTES FROM SUNDAY

Each Sunday, I carry a clipboard (yes, I’m very old school—I am a ‘pen and paper’ type of gal) with my Sunday volunteer list and blank paper. I make notes of any upcoming volunteer absences, school performances, special occasions/milestones, prayer requests, supply needs, etc. If I don’t write it down, I forget! On Mondays, I transfer these notes to my daily planner and follow-up accordingly.

FOLLOW UP WITH VOLUNTEERS WHO CALLED OUT

Like any kidmin leader knows, rarely a Sunday goes by without a volunteer calling out unexpectedly due to illness (or the illness of a child), traveling or last-minute emergencies. I follow-up with an email or text, asking for any updates on how they’re feeling, if I can bring a meal, how I might help, etc. I want my volunteers to know that I truly care about them and that I miss them when they’re not able to serve.

UPDATE THIS WEEKEND’S VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE

Each Monday, I update my volunteer schedule to reflect those who are serving for the upcoming weekend. This is especially helpful early in the week because I can identify serving opportunities (not “slots” or “holes”) quickly and know exactly what our needs are. Doing this early in the week also saves me those unexpected surprises and scrambling at the last minute.

INVEST IN MY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

In order to grow as a leader, I have to invest in myself. This could include reading books/blogs/articles, listening to podcasts, viewing webinars or meeting with another leader. By blocking out this time each week, I am able to invest in myself so that I can pour into others. See some of my favorite books here and my favorite magazines, websites, social media networks and podcasts here.

MEET WITH VOLUNTEERS AND/OR PARENTS

It is very important for me to spend time with my volunteers and parents outside of Sunday morning. Nothing makes the beginning of a busy week better than grabbing coffee, breakfast or lunch with a volunteer or parent. Doing this in a relaxed setting allows for us to have great conversations and get to know each other better. (*Note: This is typically ‘issue’-free. We meet on Mondays just for fun and fellowship.)

CURRICULUM EDITING

Honestly, this is one of my favorite parts of my week. I love seeing ‘raw’ curriculum become ‘live’ curriculum that I’ll get to see in real-time! I’ll share my process for editing our curriculum in a future post, but when I sit down to edit, I edit for the entire month/unit so that I can (1) get an overview for the entire month, (2) set a cohesive tone for the entire month, (3) build on each week based on the previous week, and (4) purchase any needed supplies in one order.

SCHEDULE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

I schedule all of our social media posts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for the entire month on the first Monday of each month. This saves me a HUGE amount of time and gives me one less thing to think about.

TOOLS I USE TO GET THE JOB DONE

Google Docs – I use this to keep track of who is serving when and where—this is a great tool because any necessary changes are made in real-time and I’m able to share the document with others on my team.

Hootsuite – This program allows me to schedule all of my social media posts for the entire month. Not only can I do this from my computer, but I can use their app on the go. Very flexible and very easy to use!

2018 At-A-Glance – Yes, I still use a paper planner, mainly because I take great joy in actually checking things off of my to-do list! This planner is one of my favorites.

Keep the conversation going by leaving a comment: What do your Mondays look like?

This article originally appeared here.

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Kathie Philips
Kathie Phillips felt called to children’s ministry at the age of 13. She is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Central Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to overseeing Route 45 (Preteen Ministry for 4th & 5th graders), she also oversees The Treehouse (for 1st – 3rd graders). Married to Lance and mom to Daniel and Kennedy, Kathie shares practical tips and inspiration for kidmin leaders each week on her blog, KidMinspiration.com.

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