It’s a universal tension you feel and almost every leader experiences: the drive to get more done.
Maybe you feel the pressure because you’re starting or restarting something, and you know that if you only do more of the same, the end is near. So you push hard and drive for more. And before you know it, you’re out of hours to get it all done.
Or maybe whatever you lead is growing. You’re just trying to keep up and are drowning under the onslaught of requests and demands that keep coming your way. You just can’t keep up.
I’ve led in both scenarios.
The drive to get more done almost always comes with a cost: you and the ones you love.
The question I want to keep asking is: Does it have to be that way, in my life and in your life?
I believe the answer is no.
While there’s no easy answer, there are better answers. You just need to know how to find them.
I know I’ve settled for false productivity goals before I realized that there are better ways to organize my time.
To help you, I’m giving away a free calendar template (it works on iCal and GoogleCal among others) and video training that can help you organize your time for 2018 (well, actually, you can start applying it today). The free download and training are available for a very limited time.
The download contains the calendar system that’s helped me stay on top of my time during seasons of explosive growth, and, well, in every season. You can 100 percent customize it to your situation to make it fit your life.
When I follow the system I outline in the calendar, I thrive. When I don’t, well, it’s not as pretty.
Along the way, here are three false productivity goals I’ve had to abandon on my leadership journey.
See if you can relate. I hope all of it helps you.
1. Effectiveness, Not Efficiency
I remember when our churches started to grow, I was all about efficiency.
Efficiency, after all, would save the day.
If I could get something that used to take an hour down to 30 minutes, I could double my capacity. Enter technology, and efficiency can go on a rocket ride.
The problem is efficiency, though, is its limits. By nature, efficiency lives in the finite universe of time.
No matter how smart or capable you may be, every leader only gets 24 hours each day.
As a result, efficiency can only get you so far. By nature, it has diminishing returns.