"Getting Things Done" – Influence Magazine

Getting Things Done

by Chris Railey

Many leaders have vision, few have a strategy, and even fewer have execution. That last part, I believe, separates success and failure in all walks of life, including ministry. Improvement and growth take action. That means getting things done.

I’m sure you’ve heard about working in the flow. When you are focused at work, you are more productive and more accomplished. But it also spreads into other areas of your life. You have more energy and more presence in the moment, both at work and at home. You are in control but relaxed. You can get more accomplished with less effort.

This is a great point for leaders of people. On the one hand, we want to motivate our people to be as productive as possible. Consistent focus produces high results. On the other hand, we need to make sure our environments do not lead to burnout. Misdirected focus produces high stress.

The answer is to get your entire team in the flow. But how do you get to that point? It’s not just a matter of time management or creating processes. Without the right framework, you may still be spinning your wheels.

Almost everyone feels like they have too much to do and not enough time to do it. Your ability to get things done has less to do with the length of your to-do list and more to do with your plan to accomplish things. Your calendar can only do so much. New technologies can help you plan your day well, but they also give us plenty of distractions…