A couple of years ago, I read a line in a book called Big Idea by Dave Ferguson. In this book, he lays out how his staff handles a logistical nightmare in how they plan. The way their church organizes around one thought and gets so much accomplished requires a ton of work. When I read it, I was a little discouraged because I thought I could never do something like that.
I changed my mind when I read a line where he said something to the effect of: “You probably think our staff is organized. We are not. Most of our staff is not naturally organized. But we are disciplined.”
That line resonated with me. I am not an organized person by nature. For most of my life, I have been a procrastinator. But when more and more ministry opportunities arose for me in the last few years, I had a decision to make. I could either just get by with what I could get done on my limited organizational abilities, or I could resolve to discipline myself to do something great.
What does that mean for me?
- I set up detailed calendars with reminders of stuff I have to do (I don’t want to chance that I will remember)
- I make to-do lists of tasks at work, home, etc. (when I check them off, there is a sense of completion and closure)
- I set up a devotional reading schedule
- I try to handle a piece of paper only once
- If I can’t handle something right then, I email myself to make sure I will remember
- I set up milestones of projected dates of completion for certain projects
- I set up my calendar weekly to project what I can get done with the office time I have
Those are just a few things I have to do to help my disorganized self. Be disciplined today to do something for the Kingdom!