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Padlock Potential

In the book The Attention Revolution—Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind, author B. Alan Wallace explores the potential of a mind practiced in sustained focus. He writes,

“… geniuses of all kinds excel in their capacity for sustained voluntary attention. Just think of the greatest musicians, mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers throughout history–all of them, it seems, have had an extraordinary capacity to focus their attention with a high degree of clarity for long periods of time. A mind settled in such a state of alert equipoise is a fertile ground for the emergence of all kinds of original associations and insights. Might “genius” be a potential we all share–each of us with our own unique capacity for creativity, requiring only the power of sustained attention to unlock it? A focused mind can help bring the creative spark to the surface of consciousness. The mind constantly caught up in one distraction after another, on the other hand, may be forever removed from its creative potential.”

Shut your office door. Turn your email off. Let your phone go to voice mail. Now, commit to yourself that you will focus completely on one children’s ministry project for a set time, like 1 hour. Notice what happens in that hour? Do you work more rapidly? More creatively? With more satisfaction?

Keep this up by killing multitasking. Instead work on one project, then the other. Watch and see the new levels you will unlock in your children’s ministry.

Letting go of unproductive habits part 5

As of the posting of this “Letting go of unproductive habits” it makes 5 post. If you have not read the others yet you may go back and find each of them here-
Post 1: Unproductive too much info and reinventing the wheel
2. Post 2: Multitasking
3. Post 3: Jack of all trades
4. Post 4: Starting a task but not finishing

And now for today…

Reacting to every distraction that comes along

The number of distractions has grown radically over the last few years. The main problem is that we are all expected to be reachable at all times.

When we become distracted by a text coming in and demanding our attention to go from what we were doing to now what someone else wants us to focus on, or a call that comes in and stops us from staying focused on the task we had been working on for a while at that point, it causes unnecessary stress and makes us procrastinate on our work. Then often times after the text, call or visit or however the distraction comes we then feel or are made to feel that a new direction is required for our time and attention. And so off we go into another direction.

Instead of being reachable at all times, shut down the communication devices when you want to concentrate on your work. If this means shutting down your phone or closing your email client, then do it. This way you can cut down your temptations to be distracted too easily.

Here is one of many tools that you could use if you need help in getting off line for a period of uninterrupted focus time.

Freedom.
Freedom is a simple productivity application that locks you away from the internet on Mac or Windows computers for up to eight hours at a time. Freedom frees you from distractions, allowing you time to write, analyze, read, create or whatever your task may be. At the end of your offline period, Freedom allows you back on the internet.

Letting go of unproductive habits part 3

Thinking more is better

More is not always better. In fact, in many cases quality beats the quantity.

One way I would look at quality over quantity is moving from being the jack of all trades and the master of none. In this wonderful world of today with all the great networking and diverse teams that we are able to put together there really is no reason anymore (I’m not sure there ever was except we were all made to buy into that myth at one time) to have the thinking of being the one person show anymore. Discover your 20% that really allows you to contribute 80% of the results that only you can give. With the other 80% that you don’t need to be the go to person, opens the door for others who God has equipped with the gifts of some of that stuff being their top 20%. What a blessing to help “hands” to be the hands, or the “feet” to be the feet, or the “head” to be the head.

Here is another place I am recommending to focus on quality over quantity. Your team. I do understand this may not settle well for some who read this and some may even be thinking how can you discriminate against some of the team, but I would like to challenge you to think this over before coming to a judgement too quickly.

With your team I believe that not everyone on your team all have the same desire or interest to be involved at the same level. This is perfectly alright, so why is it not alright to invest in your top 20% who say they want to be there by giving more of your limited time and resources to them. I believe I see this is exactly what Jesus did knowing that His time here on earth was limited, as is ours, and He needed to set up something that was going to out live His time here on earth. Jesus had His 3, Peter, James, and John. Then we know that Jesus had His 12 Disciples (which the 3 are part of that group as well). Jesus had his 70 (or 72 depending on what translation you are reading because some manuscripts have 70 and some have 72).

Luke 10:1-2 – After this, the Lord chose seventy others and sent them out in pairs ahead of him into every town and place where he planned to go. 2 He said to them, “There are a great many people to harvest, but there are only a few workers. So pray to God, who owns the harvest, that he will send more workers to help gather his harvest.

Focusing on the things for you personally or on team members that bring the biggest rewards is a good strategy to be used your in life.

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