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Top 5 most read post from 5/20/12 to 5/26/12

Here is a summary of the most read post by each of you for the past week. It also appears that the week’s top 4 post are also the top post read for the month, with only 1 new addition for the most read post for the month. Another interesting item to note is that the number one read post for the week and the month has been there for the past 2 months.

Thanks for reading and hope my post have served as encouragement, challenges, new ideas, and a resource of some type.

Most read for the week
5. My daily tools used to stay mobile part 2
If you would like to read the first part of this you may by clicking here

4. Elements of a get it done culture part 3
If you want to read the other parts as well you may by checking them out here:
Elements of a Get it done culture part 1
Elements of a get it done culture part 2

3. Value or non-value added ministry efforts

2. What success looks like

1. Needed communication in children’s ministry part 2
To read part one you can click here.

Again, hope these provided and met some needs of yours. Thanks for your readership.

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.

Top 5 from 3/27-4/2

Every Monday I always spend time in reviewing my past week in much more detail than I do through the week as it all unfolds. This review is always a highlight of my week because I get the opportunity to sit down with coffee in hand and all my notes throughout the week, and the notes I get from some of my coordinators direct reports.

So today, I thought I would also post a review of blog post that people visited the most from the site last week. Maybe you missed one of them, so here is to helping you catch up, not miss out, and remind you of some that you could help share with others.

1. Finally the true secret to finding volunteers

2. WordPress teaching me children’s ministry

3. Making a living or building a Cathedral

4. You think you know how to motivate think again.

5. 11 book that have caused change in my life since reading. (I have to say this list only includes books read before 3/11. Since then I would add some more and will post on those in a later post).

There they are, do you see your favorite in the list or which one that is not in the list that you thought would be? I do appreciate anytime you can take the post that you enjoy and invest into others lives by sharing them with others.

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