Do you struggle with future-focus? In this episode, I share how I am tackling that EXACT problem. Stay tuned and learn about creating a future focused calendar.
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How To Have Quality Momentum With a Future Focused Calendar
So what exactly is future focus?
Future focus is the ability to pro-actively keep a schedule focused on leading your team, organization, ministry or church further toward the missional vision God has called you to.
Intentionally investigating and creating future focus is all about creating awareness that leads to action. This isn’t done outside of the context of mission and strategic vision. Over the last few months, I’ve increasingly frustrated personally with what my schedule has looked like. My realizations have come because of dissatisfaction with how I’m spending my weeks. I’m a big fan of auditing my schedule, so I decided to tweak what I was doing in order to learn what exactly has been going on (that I can control).
Paper vs. Digital
Many of us keep a digital calendar on our computer or some other device. I couldn’t live without my iPhone reminding me of what is coming up each day. But digital devices didn’t have the ability to really look back and investigate effectiveness. I wanted a paper solution (since my daily work is usually done on paper anyway) to look back on from a week long view. I pulled out my week dominator planner I funded a few years ago on kickstarter. It’s perfect. (if you want to see pictures of how I’ve been using this, make sure to subscribe to the Productive Pastor Insider. I’m doing a bigger write-up with pictures this week. It will be the only place you can grab it.)
How I Build
I decided 5 categories will keep up with the majority of my tasks.
If you want to build a future-focused calendar, make sure to give yourself 3-4 normative weeks. Nothing out of the ordinary (as much as you can help it)!
- Start with your appointments
- Add in blocked out time slots (I put my Monday admin block, Podcast recording, etc)
- Time for goals and medium level project work.
- Start building in how these regulated tasks fit into your categories.
I build my calendar with black ink. As tasks come up during the week, I change things up. Blue ink gets new appointments added in. Red ink tells me where something changed my schedule.
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