Zero Distractions: How to Work in Blocks of Time

Pastors wear so many hats–preacher, counselor, human resources manager, maybe even plumber–that it may seem impossible at first to group similar tasks into blocks of time.

Many of us are so accustomed to jumping from one activity to another that it would be hard to break the cycle. But for renegade pastors, working in blocks of time is a great tool for increasing work productivity. It maximizes your focus and energy and can dramatically impact the fruitfulness of your ministry. There are several reasons why this approach is so effective:

  • It gives you a starting point. Have you ever been so overwhelmed with what you need to accomplish that you feel paralyzed? When you block time, you eliminate the feeling of not knowing where to begin. Your time is planned and you know exactly where to start.
  • It eliminates distractions. Your best work is going to be done when you are least distracted. Time blocking keeps you focused on one thing at a time, which is the best way to work.
  • It helps you complete important tasks more efficiently. The biggest, most important tasks of your ministry require as much connection as possible. Time blocking inherently concentrates your focus, so you can take care of the important things as well.

– Nelson Searcy and Richard Jarman

The above excerpt is from pg. 102 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 growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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