Whether you are in a ministry situation where you are a solo pastor, team-based ministry or non-profit organization, there’s one thing everyone surely shares in common: tons of stuff to do on your plate.
Overworked, burned out ministry leaders are everywhere. You can see them a mile away – they are ineffective, impersonal, rough on the edges and just plain old not fun to be around.
One of the key success factors for a vibrant personal ministry is not taught in seminary: Adapting your own personal workflow so that you become more productive over and over again.
Here is one method that I find very helpful when coaching others that are seeking a way out from the overwhelming demands put on them(selves) in their vocational roles: The S.M.A.R.T. Goals Framework.
Without creating small feedback loops around incremental tasks, it is so easy to get lost and distracted by whatever shiny and new comes along your way. So what are SMART GOALS exactly? And how do you get some?
One of the small modifications that I make sometimes is to change “Realistic” to “Relevance” because for some coaching clients, they are trained to feel good as long as they are doing *something* — even if it is out of the scope of what they have been charged to do in their job. Being aware of “Relevance” is critical to being productive. Ensuring “Relevance” can bring freedom to some people so that they can turn down new assignments with integrity so that they are not overloaded and burn out.
Hope this helps introduce a new concept to you or remind you to look at your daily routine with this effective and focused lens.
QUESTION: HOW OFTEN DO YOU SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF? Daily? Monthly? Quarterly? Ad-Hoc? Never?