One Secret to Enjoy a More Productive Week

Give everything you have to do this week an estimated time and then place it on your calendar. (Photo by Andreas Klassen on Unsplash)

Here's a secret to having a more productive week:

Spend 30 minutes Sunday afternoon or evening, or even early Monday morning, planning your week.

I know that sounds overly simplistic, but it can actually be quite powerful.

Give everything you have to do this week an estimated time and then place it on your calendar.

Make sure you allot time for recreation, exercise and family. Even schedule some time to read or dream.

Then try as hard as you can to work the plan. When interruptions come in your week, unless they are true emergencies, you have a valid reason to say no.

I don't do this every week, but I try to especially do this on busy weeks, when the demands on my time are more than I feel I can accomplish or when I want to be most productive.

Let me know how it goes.

And don't tell anyone; it will be our little secret!

In my next post, I will share a more detailed listing of how I do this.

Ron Edmondson is the CEO of Leadership Network. Previously, he was a pastor, revitalizing two churches and planting two churches. He is passionate about planting churches, but also helping established churches thrive. He loves assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. His specialty is organizational leadership.

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