In our series on priority management that we began here we are now at #4 (Purpose) and #5 (Meetings) in setting up the basis for our weekly block schedule.
After we get through Sabbath, Health, and Family on our daily listings we now come to our purpose. Purpose is a great word, but it can also be very general and cliché. For our discussion, we will try to bring it down to a clear understanding. Purpose is the why and what of your vocation. Some people have jobs. Some people have a career. Hopefully, you have purpose. This would be especially true if you are paid full-time in church or ministry work (if you are and don’t have purpose, seek out some help and guidance immediately, please.). The goal in any professional pursuit is to move beyond the job and find your purpose. Otherwise, you will just go through the motions and do just enough (usually anyway) to get by but not much more. Purpose gives us energy to do things well and to end the day with a sense of accomplishment and (good) pride.
In our block schedule scratch sheet we have been working on, write in what is involved with your purpose for each appropriate day. This just needs to be a word or two as we will add details and times later.
What things must you do each day that are part of your purpose? For me, I have four main things that I must do each week: message preparation, communication, leadership development, and writing. They are written as priority right after family items. (Image 1 below). Knowing this and having it written down is key to helping ensure that we actually do that which is most important for us to do and overcome the “tyranny of the urgent” as Charles Hummel put it.
After our purpose, then we need to consider those regular meetings that are must attend each week. For many, these are determined by someone else, but you know when they are, so include them on the appropriate days. (see image 2 below) If your meetings are not weekly, but are consistent, then include them with an asterisk or parenthetical note about their frequency.
This is one of the reasons we have not put times into play yet. The previous 4 priorities get precedent in our quality time as much as we can control, but often the actual times of some things are outside our control. Remember, a priority doesn’t necessarily get more time or even earlier time, it simply get first consideration within what we can control in our daily lives.
We are almost there on our look at the priorities in our weekly block schedule. The next post will wrap up with the final two and then we will take the steps into putting this things together in a friendly and usable format.