Is Your ministry calendar full of meetings, or do you have time available for completing tasks and planning? Here are 5 tips for taking back control.
Deborah Ike · August 24, 2017
What does your calendar look like?
Is it full of meetings or do you have time available for completing tasks and planning?
If you’re stuck in meetings all day, every day, it’s time to consider whether those meetings are productive and if you need to attend each.
While you probably can’t clear out your calendar tomorrow, here are a few tips to create more breathing room in your schedule.
Tip #1: Don’t attend (or lead) a meeting without an agenda
If a team member requests your participation at a meeting, ask for an agenda to understand the purpose of the meeting and whether you should attend.
By asking for an agenda, you’re encouraging others to consider who needs to participate in each meeting, what topics should be discussed, and what decisions need to be made.
Tip #2: Every meeting should result in action
Many meetings are discussions or brainstorming sessions, but even those require follow-up. Designate someone at each meeting to take notes and record action items.
This person should email the notes and action items to those in the meeting within one business day and follow-up with each person assigned a task to ensure the tasks are completed by the agreed upon deadlines.