Notoriously Late? Here’s How to Develop a 10-Minutes-Early Habit

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Allow extra time for travel. Expect delays and plan accordingly.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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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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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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