TIME MANAGEMENT & You have to say no to a lot of “good” things to have a “great” life. #How2DoIt

by Joshua Spodek, Inc  Magazine, 2/1/18

… We all have said “yes” to too many things sometime, not realizing that time doing one thing meant time not doing another. I still do, but less than before.

What does “too many things” mean? It means saying yes to mediocre or good things that crowd out great things. We all do it. Something seems great in the moment. We want it.

We don’t think about the resources it will take. Then when we do it we realize we can’t do something else we wanted to.

We make ourselves mediocre, ironically by chasing what we imagine is greatness.

When I can magically create more time and other resources, I’ll say yes to more things. Until then, I’ve learned to decline good things to have a great life.

Values and emotions

It’s a matter of values. Your values determine “good” and “great” for you.

The less you know your values–your emotional responses to things–the less you know how to decide where to allocate your resources, especially time, but also money, connections, relationships, energy, and so on.

The more you know your values, the more you can choose to improve your life–that is, to have more things in your life you like and less that you don’t.

Having limited time and finite resources means saying “no” isn’t declining one thing, but saying “yes” to something better, or at least enabling it.

It takes discipline, but also builds it.

Read more at … https://www.inc.com/joshua-spodek/you-have-to-say-no-to-a-lot-of-good-things-to-have-a-great-life.html

BUSYNESS & How Activity Makes Churches Forget Their Purposes & Goals

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “George G. Hunter III correctly applies to the church the warnings of famous management theorist George Odiorne (Management and the Activity Trap, New York: Harper & Row, 1974).  Hunter points out the following:

“(An organization) typically begins with a clear mission and goals, and they devise programs and activities to achieve the goals and fulfill mission. But over time, the ends are forgotten and the programs and activities become ends in themselves. The people now focus on ‘the way we’ve always done things around here.’ The programs and activities become impotent and less meaningful, and the organization bogs down in the ‘activity trap’.”

George G. Hunter III, To Spread the Power: Church Growth in the Wesleyan Spirit (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1987), p. 186