As pastors, there’s always a lot on our plate. We change hats and capes constantly. I’ve found that being skilled and gifted is not enough, it’s also about finding ways for your gifts to have the greatest impact.
In the age of instant share technology, we have the ability to record our thoughts and observations in Scripture with a swipe of our finger.
I know some feel they really need to hold the Bible in their hand while reading, that’s cool, but realize you’re greatly limited yourself in the speed and ability to capture those verses and inspirations quickly and effectively.
As a product of the the old-school with Franklin planners and Daytimers, I had a very difficult time finding a system that works to hold my prayer requests. I tried just about every system imaginable. No luck! That’s when I found what is called Prayer Notebook. This allows me to sync my prayer requests over all my devices, have notes and determine how often I want to pray for each request.
3- Portable calendar (iCal)
It’s essential to understand the difference between a task item and a calendar item. Too often we use our calendar for everything, however, when you place an item on the calendar, it by default must be given a time. It’s so much better and much more effective to have a calendar system and a task system separately.
A calendar item is one that has a definitive time ,not just a desired time but a definitive time (i.e. an appointment for lunch or a meeting at 9 AM.)
This calendar system needs to be able to communicate over many devices just like your laptop, your phone, or your tablet so it doesn’t matter where you are or what device you have with you, you able to add or complete items in your calendar .
An effective task management system is vital in your productivity system. This is where you put actions, desires, places, errands, and projects that you need to work through on a daily basis, weekly, or even yearly basis. A good task management system has the ability to work with projects and is time-based.
I’ve heard all you Evernote haters, but it’s great having something that I can pull up anything I need to know on my phone while waiting at the grocery store. You need a place to dump everything you need so you’ll have it no matter where you are. Evernote does the trick.