How are your minutes used?  I learned from Maxwell the need for self-discipline in his book Developing the Leader Within You.

He wrote:

Every person on the planet is given the same allotment of minutes in a day.  But each person’s level of self-discipline dictates how effectively those minutes are used.

Since I have been personally working on this issue for a few years now, this statement revived my commitment to self-discipline.  Learning to function in ministry with the barrage of interruptions has been difficult for me.  Maxwell’s pivotal teaching reminded me that I must learn to protect myself from the interruptions of ministry but not to the level of neglecting the people to whom I am to minister.

I started serious calendering a few months ago.  I have a web application that connects to my phone where I put everything on the calendar.  Here’s my schedule for today:

  • 8-10 – Planning Next Worship Series
  • 10-12 – Baptism/Parent Resource Development
  • 12-1:15 – Elders’ Study Group
  • 1:15-3:30 – Making Faith Stick Lesson 4 Development
  • 3:30-4:30 – Counseling Appointment
  • 4:30-5 – Clean Office/Schedule Next Week

While this may seem a little too much, I am free to handle interruptions, but I know what I must get done today – it helps me focus a ton!

Are you leading the day or is the day leading you?

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.