How to Produce Your Best Work

NOTE: This is part one of a series covering how to do our best work. This article addresses time and energy management. The next articles covers two scheduling concepts.

Hats Galore

As a pastor, I wear multiple roles or “hats” if you will. I am a communicator, preaching sermons and making presentations. I’m a teacher, a leader, a manager, a facilitator, a coach, and a follower. At times I encourage and at times I re-direct. I am a writer, both of sermons, newsletters, blogs, and studies. Sometimes I am a community organizer, a counselor, spiritual director, and a listening ear. I am also an administrator and a strategist. I’m a prayerful presence in a hospital room and a vocal presence for justice. I’m called on for my opinion in many different areas whether I am trained, educated, or familiar with those areas or not. My StrengthsFinder results tell me that I am always a learner. I’m also a father, a husband, a brother, an uncle and to some a friend.

For those who wonder what pastors do during the week, take your pick!

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Four Practices For Processing Email – Email Management Part 2

The last article covered the consequences of ineffective email management. This article discusses some best practices for processing email keeping it under control. Over the past few years, I’ve read many articles on how to effectively use email. I’ve boiled down the recommendations to my top four practices of those who use email effectively.

Those who use email effectively:

Practice 1: Don’t Use Email for Task Management

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Effective Email Management Part One

This is the first part of a two part article on the challenges of email management. This article discusses some of the problems of not managing our email. The next article gives some practices of those who effectively manage their email.

Stolen Sanity

Email can be the bane of our days. Every hour a constant stream of emails accost us, demanding our attention. Message after message of information, requests, and advertisements pour into our inbox, overwhelming us. How we manage our email can help or hinder our day, our productivity, and our sanity.

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