4 Questions For A More Effective Schedule

“If you don’t change your schedule, you’ll be the same person you’ve always been.” -Bill Hybels

@@Change for the sake of change is a waste of time and energy@@, but how often do you look at your schedule to maximize your effectiveness as a leader? Here are 4 questions to assess your schedule and it’s effectiveness.

What should I stop?

What is broken or not working? What sucks the life out of you? What is distracting you from maximizing your effectiveness as a leader? What time needs to be protected?

For a season on Wednesdays, I’m done having maintenance meetings. I’m going to stop meeting and working on things that have to do with the day to day operations. That’s for the other days of the week. Wednesdays will now be for the future and how we need to move forward as an organization. You can’t start an exciting new thing without ceasing to do an old thing.

What should I start?

What’s missing? What are you not yet doing that you must start to maximize your effectiveness? 

Recently I added a Director’s Meeting to my schedule. A time, twice a month, where the Director’s of every ministry come together to report on where they are winning and where they are challenged. It’s also a great space to build unity and mine for any conflict. Why didn’t we always have this meeting??? Because we’ve been in start-up mode and our meetings were all together. But we are growing as a team, therefore, this was something I needed to start

What should I continue?

What are the things that are working in your schedule right now? What is proving to be effective? What is energizing you and your work?

My weekend is working for me. Friday is the day I truly rest and fill up my tank. Saturday is focused on our home and our family before heading back to work Sunday morning. It works. I continue to arrive on Sunday mornings energized and ready to lead. This is a pattern I plan to continue.

What should I change?

What’s at the wrong time? What’s on the wrong day? What’s with the wrong people?

When I workout, I’m finding, is something that will consistently change. I posted earlier this year 4 Ways To Increase Your Energy, one of them being to have a consistent workout routine. For a 12 week period this winter I actually made it to the gym 6 days a week. Most of those workouts were at the outset of my day - dark and early. I was feeling energized and focused in my work throughout the day. Recently, I’ve found that starting with some quiet time and then some work while the office is empty before heading out mid-morning to workout is working better for me. Why? Not sure. 

What about you? When it comes to becoming a more effective leader for your next run, what must you stop, start, continue and change?