Leaders who are consistently late are viewed as weaker and less effective. So being on time should be the standard for every renegade pastor. But we would encourage you to take it a step further and make it your practice to be ten minutes early everywhere you go.
Adopting this habit is surprisingly easy. With some simple changes to your behavior and attitude, you can become someone who is consistently early. Here are four practical tips to help you get started:
- Change your thinking. From now on, on time is late and ten minutes early is on time. It’s a subtle mental shift that will change the way you approach your schedule.
- Allow extra time for travel. Expect delays and plan accordingly.
- Be realistic about how much time you need to prepare. Many of us think we can get ready for an appointment more quickly than we actually can. Be a realist when you plan.
- Avoid back-to-back meetings, if possible. The second of two consecutive meetings often gets short-changed because the first one ran long. If you must schedule back-to-back, do all you can to wrap up the initial meeting a little early.
For many, being late is a habit. Some even consider it a badge of honor–proof of how busy or important they are. Renegade pastors don’t fall into this trap. They demonstrate their mastery of time by making it a point to arrive ten minutes early for everything.
– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman
The above excerpt is from pgs. 55-56 of The Renegade Pastor’s Guide to Time Management.
Time is your most important God-given resource no matter how hard you work, you can’t make a day last longer than twenty-four hours. By mastering a set of proven time-management principles, you can regain control of your life. It is possible to manage your time so that you can stay on top of the never-ending demands of being a pastor, nurture your congregation, spend quality time with your family, and take care of your physical and emotional needs. Become the pastor God has called you to be.
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