Keep Focused. Be Productive.

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I'm sitting here at my desk, and I'm looking at my productivity playbook that I fill out every day. If you've watched very many of my videos or attended any of my trainings, you've heard me talk about this document before. This has really been a game changer for me. Everyday I am choosing my priorities, and I want this for you because here's what I don't want for you. I don't want you to just be busy doing your life, busy doing your work, and busy doing your ministry. I want you to be productive, and I want you to be productive where it really counts. If you aren't intentional with setting your priorities, you'll just get busy. You'll fill your time with all those random stuff only to get to the end of your work week, or the end of your month, or the end of your year, or the end of your life and realize, "man, I did not do what I wanted to do."

Now, I understand sometimes we just have to respond to people. We have to respond to problems. If you're in ministry, if you're working with people, if you're in customer service, you have to respond to people. But listen, every day we all have time to do what we feel like we need to do, what is important for me to do. To accomplish the goals that my pastor has set for me, or my boss has set for me, or to meet these deadlines, and to make sure I stay focused on the things that I really need to do. I need to set priorities, and you need to set priorities. So there are all kinds of ways to do this. Get yourself a journal; create a good to-do list. On kidzmatter.com, I have a productivity playbook in our store that's a downloadable resource. It can be a one sheet like this where I am writing down my priorities for the day and the people I need to talk to today and the things I can do to move some projects forward today.

You know what? You'll never get it all done, but by simply having this one sheet in front of me that I create every morning, it helps me stay focused, and it helps me to really eliminate the distractions. And instead of being tempted to do this, this, and this, I know that these are the things I really need to do. So here's what I want you to do. I want you to really think about your day-to-day routine. How well are you doing setting priorities? How well are you doing, choosing the important things that you need to do every day? Because if you don't set priorities for your life, someone else will. I understand your boss has the pride and the prerogative to help you set your priorities. But I'm talking about the distractions of life, of Facebook, of texts, of emails, and all these random things that I could do that are good, but they aren't great. They are things that I would love to take my time, but they aren't the important things that need to take my time. There's a challenge for you today. Set your priorities. What do you need to work on today? Who do you need to talk to today? What are some things you can do to move some important projects forward? Then tomorrow come up with a new list, and the following day, a new list. I think that you'll find yourself being a lot more productive where it matters the most.

Your #1 fan,

Ryan

Ryan Frank