One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is that pastors, for one reason or another, are the most disorganized group on the planet. I know because I’m one of them. Once, years ago, I was supposed to have dinner with a member of the church, and I forgot. Did I ever have egg on my face! Don’t let that happen to you.
Too many have problems keeping appointments, getting work done ahead of time, or finishing the sermon by Wednesday instead of Saturday.
I think one of the reasons for this disorganization is because pastors do not have a regular schedule; their flexible schedule changes from day to day. So they are free most of the time to set their own agenda. Secondly, they have so much on their plate that they move from one situation to another based more on demand than on strategy.
So, if you are one of the majority of pastors who is disorganized, I have some helpful hints.
- Consult your personal calendar first thing every morning (that’s assuming you keep one).
- Have your secretary keep your calendar and remind you each morning of what you have scheduled.
- I’ve found that using Outlook on my computer and cell phone is a great way to keep on track. I sync them every day.
- On really important items, I set the alarm on my clock to remind me that there is something I’m supposed to do at that time.
Question: As a pastor, what do you do to keep organized? Share your tips in the Comments section below.