Becoming More Effective

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A Clear Desk Will Help You Focus and Not Stress.

No matter who you are, what you do or how much you own, there are only 24 hours in the day.  From the janitor at the local elementary school to the President of the United States, everyone is given the same amount of hours during a single day.  What you do with those hours and the productivity of your day is your sole responsibility.  You control your calendar and you are the on that gets to determine the amount of production that takes place in your life.

I have noticed over the years that even the most productive people in the world need reminders every now and then of how to work and communicate more effectively.  Listed below are some practical and simple ideas that you can apply immediately that will help you grow in your daily effectiveness.

Monitor your performance – Keep a journal of how effective you truly are.  I call this “a week in the life of…”   By doing this you can look back each week and take an honest evaluation of how effective you really are.  Remember that there is a big difference between being busy and being productive.

Clear your desk – There are projects that you need to work on soon but can’t.  Clear it for the ones that need your attention right now.   A messy desk can be a continual reminder of how far you are behind and can add unnecessary stress.

Be strategic –  Start saying “I’ll complete five pages before lunch” rather than “I’ll write for one hour.”  When you set a quantity instead of a time limit, you focus on the work rather than the clock.

Keep a notepad in plain sight – This allows you to jot down quick ideas or when you remember something you should have done.  It will keep your to do list and idea list organized.

Make a “stop doing” list – Carve out some times where you can begin to ponder the things that you are doing that you shouldn’t be.  There are tasks or habits in your day that you and your organization would do better if you weren’t doing them at all.

Keep the four “T’s” in mind – When working toward goals:  Set aside Time.  Put some real Thought into it.  Translate goals into writing.  Manage the Transition by seeing what works and what doesn’t

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen

“We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
Max De Pree

Chris Sonksen is a celebrated Motivational Speaker and Published Author; the Lead Pastor at one of America’s fastest growing churches (South Hills Church in Corona California); and the founding member of Celera Church Strategy Group. Celera offers pastor support, teaching, training and mentoring programs that equip pastors who want to learn how to grow church attendance through evangelism using proven church growth techniques.


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on June 2, 2009, in Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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