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stuckinafunk

Where do I start? As always, Tony delivers a great tool he just happens to call a book. I love how each chapter is short and powerful. You can pick it up again and again and flip to where you are having problems and find some great insight. For instance, in Part 1 Chapter 5 Tony deals with structure problems. I found it very helpful because I’m planting two campuses right now and growth is taking place. We are looking to add more structure but it needs to be the right structure.

Tony says this, “The more structures we have to navigate in order to do our work, the more difficult it is to do our best work. When we are required to resolve the dissonance of complex systems, reporting relationships, and accountability structures just in order to get our objectives and check off our direction, we will begin to lose our drive to do brilliant work. Over time,this complexity only pulls entire organizations toward systematic mediocrity.”

I don’t want to end up with systematic mediocrity. Thanks Tony for always keeping it real and giving great advice that you have gained over the years. Thanks for another great book.

moretime

You have more time than you think.  If you are like me, you have a list of things to do and time seems to be in slim supply. Fear not! There are ways to find a little more time in your day if know where to look and what to do.

Below are seven ways to find more time

1. Take an inventory

You must know where your time is going before you can adjust it. Trust me, you have more time than you think you do. Grab a notepad and keep up with your time for a day or two. Write down what you do in time intervals. Once you take an inventory, you will be able to see where your time is really going. You will be amazed at how all the things you do can be consolidated. For instances, look for and discover on your list a few things that can be done together instead of spread out through you day.

Example-Want to read that book but don’t have the time? Then try reading when you are in the bathroom. I know that sounds funny but hey, everyone goes to the bathroom. 🙂

2. Little adds up

Some goals in your life are big and take a lot of time. They are so big, many times you might find yourself giving up altogether. Guess what? You don’t have to. Why? The reason why is because little adds up.

Example-Do you want to write a book that is 50,000 words? Then write 500 words a day. In 100 days you will have that book.

3. Don’t disregard small increments of time as having no value

You would be amazed at what just 5 minutes given to a project or goal in your life will do. Sometimes people don’t work on a goal or project because to fully complete it that day would take an hour. Guess what? You can divide that project or goal up into 5-minute increments and it will get done eventually. It might be slower than you wanted, but never forget…the snail made it on the ark -even if he was the last one on. 🙂

4. Capture a weekend

There will be times that 5-minutes will not be the best choice for you. That’s okay. Just look at your calendar and find a weekend that must be yours and plan to use that weekend to get the task done. You would be amazed at what can happen with a whole day with no one to bother you. Let’s face it…we waste a lot of time on weekends recovering from the week. Take one weekend and own it for your goals. Don’t let anything social get in the way and steal that marked off time.

5. Cut the radio off

When you are driving, cut the radio off. You will be blown away by how it clears you mind and allows you to think. I almost always drive without music. I love to write and of course I write sermons for each Sunday. Many times in my truck I think of great thoughts. I simply grab my iPhone and record my thoughts to listen to later and work with. (Note: This one can be dangerous. Keep your eyes on the road and do this one at your own risk)

6. Get up earlier

This one is simple. Get up 15 or 20 minutes earlier and use that time. Do it!!!!!!

7. Pray longer than normal

I know this one sound crazy but you would be amazed at how spending extra time with God will give you more time. I’ve learned, that many of the blocks in my writing will go away when I’ve prayed more. It seems that God blesses me with fewer roadblocks, and what would have taken an hour to do, often ends up taking just 30-minutes.

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One of the greatest moments of my life was my first review on Amazon for my book, The Descent to Compassion. After 13 years in the inner city…my heart was finally in print for the world to read. Thanks to all of you who have supported me and bought my book and told others. I’m forever grateful.

I’ve been writing daily on my next book. The theme will be about becoming less. We live in a world where greatness has been redefined and has lost its true meaning.  Jesus plainly said “It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant…”

With that thought in mind I need your help in naming my next book title. Below is the poll.

What I need you to do

1. Please read each choice and pick the one that picks you.

2. Pray for me as often as you think of me while I’m writing the book

3. Tell other about The Descent to Compassion and my new book in progress