The 5 Biggest Time-Wasters for Leaders

4. Micromanagement.

A good leader helps their team realize they have more ability than they think they have so that they consistently do better work than they thought they could. Standing over the shoulder of your people consistently is a waste of time.

If you’ve asked someone to do a task … clearly define the outcomes and then get out of the way. They might not do it as well as you … but you won’t be doing it.

Good delegation redeems your time because you’re getting done what you need done, but not investing your time to do it! 

5. Sloppy social media.

I’m a huge fan of social media as a tool for ministry. In fact, I think it’s more important for pastors than churches to leverage these technologies as tools for ministry goals.

However, just opening up some social network and seeing what is going on is a huge waste of time. These networks are finely tuned to draw you in and keep you connected for a long time. As an example … the “average user” is on Facebook for over 15 hours per month checking statuses, looking at pictures and farming a virtual farm! [ref]

Have a plan when you engage with social media … do what you need to do and move on. 

What have you found in your ministry that draws you away from core purposes?

What has been a waste of time for you?

How have you fought back?

Leave a comment … we’d love to hear!  

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Rich Birch
Rich serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at UnSeminary.com and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications.