One thing that all small church ministers learn is that you are usually the organizer guy. I love to organize and relish the role in our church. I am a productivity geek, I love technology, and sometimes I can forget my next appointment (or child at preschool if I go a few years back!).
I get “in the zone” and lose track of everything else, so I had to develop ways to stay on top of things. I used to be a Franklin organizer guy, but those pesky appointment (or children) didn’t jump out and remind me, so I switched to a PDA, then computer program that had alarms to remind me of what is coming up. Today I rely on the computer and synching to my mobile devices to keep me from forgetting the important visits, meetings, and everything else that fills up a preacher’s schedule that you can actually schedule. As any minister knows, that lovely well planned day changes within a half hour of hitting your office chair… or before you leave the house. I’m okay with that for the most part, but it does eat at my need to be organized and on task.
One of the problems I have had since going all electronic is my long-term planning. I just haven’t found an electronic way to think 6-12 months ahead with tasks. So, I began a search this year to find something that keeps the urgent away because I let things slip in my planning. Then, I read an article about bullet journaling and it looks like a combination of paper and electronic that I am needing. I keep my schedule electronic because I desperately need those alarms, but with this system I can write tasks on paper that gives me long-term and short-term planning capabilities. It is also great because you can custom the process to what fits your needs best. I am just a week into it, so I’ll report back maybe in a month on how well I see this working for my ministry.
It’s not really a spiritual issue, so why am I blogging about this? Or is it? We are to be good stewards of our time and capabilities. When I am disorganized and always rushed, I don’t do as good a job as I should do. I don’t plan as deeply as is needed. When I forget our vision, the church forgets the vision. So, in truth, to be a good minister, I need to be wise about what I do. To help our church move forward, I need to constantly look down the road to where we are wanting to go; to where God wants us to go.
So, my journey for better organization continues. If you are interested in this style of organization, I encourage you to check out http://www.bulletjournal.com Ryder Carroll is the brain child behind this thought process and the web is full of ideas to personalize the process. I am a minimalist and want to just incorporate the things that I need most at this point, but if you are artistic, you can spend forever making your journal as fancy as you want.