Did you know you can use Evernote to order and organize your week? I use Evernote for nearly everything and the two tasks that I can’t imagine NOT using it is ordering my week and ordering my contact list.
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Managing Your Week in Evernote
I use Evernote to manage my daily repeatable tasks. I make mention of several previous episodes and I will link them in the bottom of the shownotes. For me, Evernote is an amazing tool to keep up with the small tasks I do every week on the same exact same day. I am always curating my weekly work template for the best effective use of my time, energy and mind space. This is what I am currently using my focus days for.
Monday -> AM. Sabbath. PM. Visitor Contact, Team Communication, Basic Administration and Sermon Preparation.
Tuesday -> AM. Administration. PM. Long Range Planning and High Impact Projects. Staff Meeting
Wednesday -> AM. Sermon Preparation. PM. Meeting with People.
Thursday -> AM Sermon Preparation. PM. Writing and Medium Projects
Friday -> Sermon Preparation. PM. Projects and People
So each day gets a checklist of repeatable tasks. Honestly, these lists get pretty sparse as the week goes on. I try to reserve Mondays and Tuesdays for these type of tasks.
I also use Evernote to keep up with one of my main goals. I try to stay in contact with 2-3 new people a day and 5-7 existing church folks a day. On Monday, during my weekly planning session, I build a list of the people I am going to make contact with during the week. For the ones that get a phone call (around 5 a day), I put their name and phone number into my weekly note. That way, I don’t have to hunt for the number. I just click on it inside Evernote on my phone. It makes the call and I can go down my list. This sounds super simple…but it is SO EFFECTIVE.
Thanks for managing your week with Evernote!
PP45| Maximizing Ministry With Evernote.
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Do you want to get the best in Evernote training? Check out Brett Kelly’s Evernote Essentials toolkit. He has three different levels of Evernote training and use cases. You can pick it up here.
Here are all my posts and episodes about Evernote.
Do you struggle with how to contact, assimilate and lead visitors into part of your church? This episode is ALL ABOUT building guest systems in your church. I sit down with my friend Rev. Allison Sauls. Allison isn’t a normal guest, but she leads Foundry with me! We break down the systems we have built over the last 9 months in starting a new church and the lessons we have learned.
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Building a Priority Based Schedule| Episode 3
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Build Guest Systems
The Benefit of Systems
Systems are a repeatable progression of tasks. It’s all about a mindset.
Episode 19: Michael Lukaszewski on Systems
Our larger framework is based all around collecting guest information. We do this in two ways.
- We have a great connection card. This is the only handout we ever give people. Connection Card Back Connection Card Front (Download links)
- We can collect families names based off of kids check-in. This is an amazing tool most folks don’t utilize.
- We give away a tumblr/mug. It depends on the season, but folks absolutely love getting a gift like this.
Check out my post on using Trello to streamlining Church Assimilation with Trello for more details.
We use aweber.com. I love it. To use an email system, you have to have a paid account somewhere. Mailchimp charges a few dollars for this, but I have been using aweber for a pretty long time and I’m familiar with it. One of the best explanations of using an email series for guest systems is from Bobby Williams. He was a guest on Rich Birch’s Unsemianry podcast and explained how his church used them.
I’ve outlined my strategy for using Facebook lists and leveraging them for ministry here.
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