18 minutes to productivity.

As a kids pastor the one thing we can do to multiply our effectiveness is to be better managers of our time. I know that for most people we have so many things competing for our focus and attention.

I know that for me especially at the start of my week I sometimes am so overwhelmed that I just stare at my computer wishing and hoping, praying for a productive, effective day.

Brother Jim has been talking to us in Infuse about time management, I recently finished a book by Drucker called the effective executive both have been great for me.

Last week I stumbled upon this article in HBR via twitter. The whole article is fantastic. You can read the whole thing here. I took a few exerpts that breifly discribe the authors 18min method. I have used this for a week and found it simple and effective. Two of my favorite words.

Hope it helps you.

An 18 Minute plan for your day.

STEP 1 (5 Minutes) Set Plan for Day. Before turning on your computer, sit down with a blank piece of paper and decide what will make this day highly successful. What can you realistically accomplish that will further your goals and allow you to leave at the end of the day feeling like you’ve been productive and successful? Write those things down

STEP 2 (1 minute every hour) Refocus. Set your watch, phone, or computer to ring every hour. When it rings, take a deep breath, look at your list and ask yourself if you spent your last hour productively

STEP 3 (5 minutes) Review. Shut off your computer and review your day. What worked?

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-29

  • The secret of concentration is elimination. @howardhendricks #kidmin #
  • Just got done chatting with @jonathancliff He
    Makes me laugh every time we talk. Love having friends like him in #kidmin #
  • Speaking in old peoples church today 2 services down one to go. #kidmin #
  • Preached in four services this weekend. My fovorite part by far doing the send off to all our kids going to camp. I so love #kidmin #
  • Leave for #kidmin camp at 7am. It's 12 midnight and I'm ironing my clothes. I think I have issues. #fb #
  • Day one of camp going well. I love kids camp. #kidmin #
  • Camp lunch. Yummmy. http://twitpic.com/f47kr #
  • Preaching to kids tonight at our #kidmin camp about the bible being a light and and lamp to our path. #
  • Spoke this morn on "remembering the things God does in your life." Joshua 4 Camp is going great. #kidmin http://twitpic.com/f8ocj #
  • A little ropes course action. http://twitpic.com/f95d1 #
  • Back from camp. What a great camp it was! Took my youngest to the zoo back home for some rest. #
  • How the children of kids pastors play with animals. #kidmin http://twitpic.com/fcqwk #
  • Long restful day about to watch a movie with the Mrs. #fb #
  • Just bought Elevates "To the depths" for our fall video curriculum. We start Elevate JR. in two weeks. Exciting stuff. #kidmin #
  • Kids Camp 2009: http://samluce.com/?p=1894 #fb #cmconnect #kidmin #
  • YouTube Friday: BlindSide http://samluce.com/?p=1904 #fb #cmconnect #kidmin #
  • Happy to be back to twitter/bloggy land! #kidmin #
  • Just had a great convo about change with my good friend @jonathancliff Great guy follow him if you arn't already #kidmin #followfriday #
  • On a hot date with my wife watching a chick-flick in the theater eating smuggled popcorn. #
  • RT @chloe_obrian: What I do between Jack's days #24 http://twitpic.com/fmqkh #
  • RT @soverpeck: There is now a #snuggie for your dog. A great social injustice has been resolved. I can die happy. #icdc #
  • RT @funnymandan: PLEASE FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL: I DO NOT WANT TO MAKE MONEY OFF TWITTER!!! Why can't people just enjoy. #

YouTube Friday: BlindSide

We have been going through the book of James this summer in our church. Talking what true religion is. One of our pastors preached a great message on partiality he ended with the trailer to this movie. Which happens to be a true story Here is the link to the New York Times Story.

I found it very moving check it out for yourself .


KidsCamp 2009

We had a great time at camp this year. I was blessed to see God move on the hearts of young people and councilors alike. We had many kids recommit their lives to Christ.

The first night pastor Josh preached that even though our good works aren’t good enough Jesus is good enough. Lots of kids responded many received prayer about fears they were facing.

The next night I preached on the Importance of the Word of God. How it is a light unto our feet and a lamp unto our path. Many kids committed to reading their bibles.

The last night Pastor Mike preached on the Power of the Holy Spirit. How the Holy Spirt gives you power to live and power to be a witness to others.

Great stuff. Can’t wait for next year!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-08-22

  • Speaking in "big church" nxt week bout Godly wisdom from the book of James. What does godly wisdom look like to you? #fb #kidmin #cmconnect #
  • RT @StephPorter4: On the phone with Jim Wideman. Feeder, caregiver, or overseer? Which are you excelling at? #cmconnect #kidmin #
  • "no one – not rock stars, pro athletes, software billionaires, not even geniuses – ever make it alone." malcolm gladwell – outliers #kidmin #
  • Let's go Rangers! #
  • Youtube Monday: Jim Brueur talks about life with small kids. So funny. http://samluce.com/?p=1884 #fb #cmconnect #kidmin #
  • It's 90+ out. Hung some Sheetrock. Now bar-b-que with friends. Aaaahhh summer. #
  • I love reminding @jonathancliff that where A-rod came from the Yankees farm team aka "The Texas Rangers". in reply to jonathancliff #
  • #winMBP @taptaptap is giving away a $5999 ColorWare STEALTH MacBook Pro to celebrate launching Convert for iPhone! http://taptaptap.com/+HrU #
  • Video linked fixed. Check it out. Funny video about young mothers. http://samluce.com/?p=1884 #kidmin #fb #cmconnect #
  • Working on a message for Godly wisdom out of James 3 for Big Church this weekend. Your prayers are appreciated. #kidmin #cmconnect #
  • RT @_Lowedown: The term big church always amuses me because the reality is that kids are a huge deal.//True! How bout old church? #kidmin #
  • RT @Kathrynjoy25: #kidmin seems like all the books of the bible songs are old and cheezy. // so true. HSK needs to do one. #
  • RT @human3rror: YES!!! A contractor/co-worker just said "YES" to coming to Church this Sunday! Who have you invited recently? STOKED. #
  • Just got turned away from a townhall meeting. Yeah democracy! #
  • Join @philharris and me for a little #kidmin fantasyfootball. Here is the link http://bit.ly/gR80r
    ID# is 647376 DM me for the password. #
  • Are you going to the Napkin Conference? http://bit.ly/k2VZA I will be there this Feb. you should be too. #kidmin #napconf #cmconnect #
  • My copy machine formula. The quicker it makes copies the longer it takes to turn on! Aaaaaaarrrgggh! #kidmin #
  • Bout to get my redneck on and go to the county fair with my boys @jimwideman would be so proud. #
  • Had a great time at the fair. My oldest got his first tast of a demolition derby. Yee-haw! http://twitpic.com/enwtp #
  • RT @kidzmatter2me: @funnymandan @michaelchanley @mattmckee @jonathancliff #kidmin #followfriday #
  • Pre-Camp stress starting to hit in full force. #kidmin #
  • This weekend, leave for camp, do preschool graduation and speak at old people church on Godly wisdom, which I obviously didn't use. #kidmin #