Loved Ten TTD (Things To Do) Before 1 January 2011 by Nicholas Bate, something I’ll be thinking about over the next few days:

Why Wait? Get Ahead of the Crowd.

  1. Set your 2011 goals now. Then on 1 January you’ll be up and running already.
  2. Book that gym assessment now. Otherwise by the time they have cleared the back-log it’s mid January before you even get on a running machine.
  3. Order the books and materials you need to reach those new goals listed in 1, above. Set up an area at home to work on this. Get energised about it.
  4. Sort the christmas present list-finally-in one 30 minute writing so that it isn’t taking up any more unnecessary December time and energy.
  5. Then get back to those goals.
  6. Draw the master plan for 2011 (that is a detailed plan as to how those goals will be materialised)  on poster-sized paper and stick it above your work area.
  7. Identify two other people who are as keen as you to explore some new and exciting things in the coming year: for themselves and/or their business and/or their family or community.
  8. Have a first meeting with them: get a one hour meeting per month during 2011 booked into respective diaries to help each other, move plans along and sustain motivation.
  9. Identify the potential  blocker list.  Resolve everything on it, now. Whether that’s things to be cancelled (forget conversational French classes for the moment: it’s really not working), conversations to be had (‘sweetheart, this is really important to me‘) or admissions to be made (the only thing stopping me on this, is me).
  10. Get excited about this. Really excited. It’ll make the holiday season twice as good. Man is a goal-seeking animal. It ensures he gets up in the morning. And gets up  with boundless energy. Do it now. Ahead of the crowd.
Chris
cskidd1983@gmail.com
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

0 thoughts on “How to be on time”

  1. Oh dear. My car clock is actually one hour BEHIND. Mainly because I haven’t figured out how to change the clock since we switched to BST. So where does that leave me???????????

  2. My biggest issue is underestimating the amount of time tasks will take. I’m not normally late to events or meetings, but will often have to stop a task and come back to it later because it takes longer than I allowed. By the end of the week, I’m having to catch up on things I haven’t done!

  3. Paula – do you not let Paul sort out the clock. On the other hand it means you are all ready for the autumn!

    Jon – I agree, I think it is incredibly hard. The other problem I find is the way in which things just crop up in ministry. I was in a school on Friday morning and lunchtime, had cleared the afternoon to finish writing a session for a weekend away, but ended up staying in the school due to an ‘incident’ which one of the pupil’s involved wanted me to help resolve. It is difficult learning what to say no to, and how to allow margin of time for that kind of thing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.