Good morning bloggers!
I am back in the office for the first time since Stay-Cation. Actually, I’m back in the office for what feels like the first time in months. We’ve been going through some pretty serious transition around here at Westminster, including our senior pastor retiring. And as all of that transition was happening, there were pieces of work life that were put in my corner, and then some that were taken away, and the usual regular stuff, and then some more stuff would get added. It was getting pretty hard to keep my head above water.
So now that the dust has settled, and I have a pretty good idea of what my actual portfolio of work looks like, I’m trying to figure out what a “normal” week will look like for me (Spolier alert: When you work in a church, there is absolutely nothing “normal” about any week, no matter how much I wish there were). I’m trying to figure out what Tuesdays look like, how they lead to Wednesdays. How are those weeks different when I’m preaching? Or when I’m leading a couple of extra Bible studies? Or when I don’t have any of those things going on?
What I’m essentially trying to find is a work flow.
I have a work flow when it comes to shooting video. Even though every video is different, each of them has the exact same process to go from a brainstorm to a shoot to post production to final product. The work flow runs from A to B to C to D each and every time.
For this season of ministry, I’m actually trying to think of the work flow in terms of months, not weeks. So by the end of August for instance, I want to have a few days to sit down and write everything that needs to be written. Lesson plans, Bible studies, sermons, blog posts, whatever needs to be written. I found that for too much of my week in the busy season last year I was so busy writing what comes next that I was missing valuable time with the students and adults in my church. I would regularly have students in my office while I was writing the teaching that I was going to give them in about two hours. That seemed like a poor use of time.
Then within the month, each day has its own flavor and focus. Tuesdays are meeting day. We have staff meetings and staff bible studies, and then I throw as many of the other meetings of my week as possible on Tuesdays just to keep it smooth. Wednesdays are youth group days, so my focus is on the students and spending time with them. Thursdays works itself out to be a pretty good writing/catch up day. And then Fridays have been my day in the studio of late, working on media stuff.
Of course, things will get knocked off course. I can’t control that layout each and every week, because again #churchlife. But I think this is a good place to start, to try to keep me organized and on the ball.
What’s your work flow?