The Lord has been working in my life in the area of organization. Now, if you have known me for any length of time, you know that this is one of my weaknesses. By the grace of God, I have been maturing in this area of organization, and desire to continue this growth.
1 Corinthians 14:40 tells us to do things decently and in order. This is in regards to how we worship, which should be in every aspect of life! I must admit I love change, spontaneous living, and “what do I feel like doing now?” kind of living. However, the danger of this kind of lifestyle is the lack of any measurable growth in one’s life, non-productivity, and worst of all,
a potential of not doing things decently and in order!
So, here are some things I have learned, am in the process of learning, and some things I have put into place to help me organize my life…of course, I would be extremely interested in learning from those of you who have this organizational thing down.
For my To Do list, I use an android product called Taskos To Do. I love the way I can organize all my tasks by priority and category. It is very simple minded for guys like me. You can also edit your categories. For instance, I added a category called “Pastor's List”. This is the list my Pastor (and my boss) gives me directly out of his mouth. I can sort by category and select “Pastor's List”, and all the items he asked of me specifically are listed, helping me keep my boss happy! Give this app a shot if you need a good “to do list” organizer.
For my time management, I break every aspect of my life down. For instance, I have three categories at work; Worship Arts, Buildings and Grounds, and Singles Ministry. Within these I have subcategories. An example of a sub-category in Worship Arts is “music scheduling” where I schedule Sunday services, singers, etc.
All my categories are then scheduled throughout my week. I do what my Pastor (and boss) taught me to do…give a day of the week to a category. For instance, Tuesday is my Worship Arts day. I try to devote that day to all my Worship Arts activities. Of course, flexibility is a must as you well know! And it is impossible to do all the things I need to do on just Tuesday; but at least I have a focused plan to complete my responsibilities in an orderly way!
I started doing something recently that has helped me see where my time is being wasted. I started a work journal log. This is a simple log I made from an excel sheet. I date the top of the page, and write what I did, and any notes that I might want to jot down. This helps me look back at the week and see what I actually got accomplished, and how I might be wasting my time. This has really helped me!
There are a ton of things out there to help manage and organize time and resources. I have things for financial expense tracking, and others, but don’t want to bore you with details; just want to get the conversation started. I am being dealt with strongly in my conscience about becoming better organized and being a better steward to my Lord!
How are some ways you maintain organization in your life? I would love to see some comments on this subject! Let’s grow together!
For HIS Glory,