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3 Luxuries That Should Be Essentials

There are three luxuries I never feel I have enough time for - reading, writing, and creating. Why? Because they tend to follow the "have to's" such as financial management, relationship management, task lists, and deadlines. Have you ever said something like, "I don't have time to read another book, write another blog post, or craft a new sermon... I have too much to get done."? Somehow, we need to flip that on its head. How? I don't have all the answers, but I think I …

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3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member

Some churches view the staff as hired workers. If that is the case in your church, respect your leaders and don't blame any rebellious attitudes on what I am about to say about this. Other churches view the staff as interdependent creative thinkers and leaders. In the first case, the usual mentality is "anything you aren't doing for the church should be done 'off the clock'." In the second case, the mentality is "everything you do as ministry and mission benefits us as long …

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Ordering the Priorities of Life

Priorities are a continuing struggle for most of us. For people in ministry leadership, this struggle usually doesn't result from a lack of commitment, but from a lack of clarity about our commitments. That is, we're either over-committed or we're committed to mutually exclusive priorities. We are all given 168 hours in a week, but some of us use those hours more effectively than others. So how do you order your priorities in such a way that major areas of your life don't …

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How Do You Juggle It All?

Right now, I'm managing the re-launch of Pastors.com, several creative projects, multiple blogs, and a few other odds and ends. Some of you are managing much more (like toddlers, messy husbands, or air traffic control). I've written before that I believe this is the age of many hats. One of the questions I hear a lot is "how do you manage it all?" I not only hear it asked of me, but I hear it asked of nearly everyone. We're all busy... or we're not that busy, we're just …

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And You Thought YOU Received a Lot of Email

See the picture below? That's all the mail that arrived in the year 2009 for Pastor Rick Warren. And snail mail is a small percentage of the correspondence we manage. We've received about 65 emails criticizing a particular initiative at Saddleback this week and are formulating a response. I'm staring at an enormous to do list today. I have more people to respond to than I have time to keep up with. By the time I finish typing an email, two or three more have come in …

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God Is Trying to Help You Remain Balanced

Everyone is busy. It isn't just you - I promise. Your forefathers were busier. I know that one is hard to believe, but since the Puritans worked 70 hours per week, since John Wesley preached well over 10,000 times, and since Jesus was in demand by hungry hordes around the clock, I think we actually have it pretty good. We're just whiners... and they weren't. The thing that makes our society different from theirs is the number of things that consume our attention …

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You Might Have TBD (Too Busy Disorder)

I ran across this site via Dan Cathy's website. The videos are hilarious... but sadly have a familiar feeling sometimes... The Work Talker from TBD on Vimeo. …

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I Owe, I Owe, It’s Off to Work I Go

I remember seeing that phrase on a license plate once and laughing. But sadly, that's how many of us live our lives. We work because we have to do so. I think it's one of the reasons get-rich-quick programs are so successful at recruiting people. We have a dream, for some reason, of being rewarded for being less productive. …

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Please Catch Me On My Busy Day

There are at least two significant ways I've changed my approach to my weekly schedule (the second of which I'll write about very soon). One of those major shifts is that I now purposely cram things together in my week. …

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The Rut, the Rat Race, and the Daily Grind

Hit the snooze button. Crawl out of bed after the second alarm. Hit the shower. Choose a shirt. Make the coffee. Start the car. Fight the traffic. Punch the clock. Meet the clients. Please the boss. Grab lunch. Please the boss some more. Punch the clock again. Fight the traffic. Fix dinner. Watch television. Play with the kids. Read the news. Hit the sack. Then... hit the snooze button. Sound familiar? It's the "daily grind." The only difference between a rut and a grave …

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