Sunday, June 26, 2005

Self-licking ice cream cones

One thing that frustrates me about being a pastor -- it's the way I could easily spend all my time doing nothing more than "feeding the beast" i.e. managing budgets, reviewing policies, vetting volunteers . . . all the "administrivia" that comes back and bites you if you don't do it, but keeps me from doing the things I really enjoy.

Five things that help:

  1. A large wastebasket.
  2. Regular office hours (9 AM to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays).
  3. A three-ring binder that contains all the policies, membership lists, budgets, etc. that I need for my district.
  4. File folders for each month of the year -- if somebody sends me something that I don't need to worry about until Campmeeting, for instance, it goes into the "July" file.
  5. A secretary with a blessedly high tolerance for boring, repetitive tasks (which is another way of saying "delegate, delegate, delegate").

And by the way -- if you really want to save some time, then get rid of your desk. I do all my "office work" at church while standing up . . . and believe me, that's a real incentive to get things done in a hurry!

So . . . how do you deal with paperwork? Let me know, and I'll add it to the blog.

This week's quote: "Wherever you are, be all there" -- Jim Elliot.