The Secret to Maximizing Your Time and Productivity

One thing I’ve learned over and over again is that time is our most limited commodity in this life.

And how you manage it determines a lot about what you get done.

I’ve shared before that I’m a long-term student of time management and I just re-read this quote:

“The key to successful time management is doing the most important task first, and giving it your full concentration, to the exclusion of everything else.”
— Alex MacKenzie

One of the biggest hindrances to effective time management is what I call “the myth of multi-tasking.”

With cell phones, texting, social media, always-on email clients and instant access to everything, we’re often fooled into thinking that “multi-tasking” is a good thing.

The truth is, however, that there is no such thing as multi-tasking… our brains weren’t designed to process more than one item at any given time.

Don’t believe me?  Try reading a book while carrying on a phone conversation, then hang up and write down what you read and the details of the call 🙂

Here’s my suggestion if you want to get the most out of the time you’re given each day:

Develop an ability to focus like a laser on one task at a time, and see how God uses it.

I guarantee you’ll see increased productivity, a higher level of excellence in what you’re working on and more satisfaction at the end of each day.

To getting more done,


P.S. For 34 tested and proven time management practices that you can start implementing today, check out Time Management for Busy Pastors.

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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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