Alright guys. My blog from last week was about the dumbest thing I had ever done in Children’s Ministry. And that was…drum roll please… Oh come on, If you don’t know, go back and read the blog! You can’t be that lazy, you made it this far! But no worries guys! Fortunately for you, I have done tons of dumb things in Children’s Ministry to share with you for your reading pleasure! So what’s the 2nd dumbest thing I’ve ever done in Children’s Ministry? I was a PROCRASTINATOR!
That’s right guys. I was the queen of procrastination. Hey, I had a lot of stuff on my plate. At least, that’s what I told myself. Instead of wisely planning my days out, I had let the next pending item guide my day. Whatever the next event was became my primary focus. This included what needed to be done for Sunday. I was your average hamster on a wheel. Going…going…going…NOWHERE! I had become so use to this destructive way of doing things that Instead of eating little bites of the elephant at a time, I would constantly find myself choking on the whole thing. Of course it always came together. Besides…”I work better under pressure!” Yet another lie I told myself. But the truth was, at the end of the day, I knew that had I not procrastinated, things would have ran a whole lot smoother with a lot less stress.
Maybe you can relate. Are you constantly bit by the procrastination bug? Remember, procrastination not only affects you but those around you. When you procrastinate you can unintentionally put other people's backs up against the wall which can lead to frustration and burnout of those who have dedicated themselves to supporting you in the ministry. Talk about a lose lose situation. But if this is something you struggle with, No worries! Here are a few tips to help you squash this bad habit.
1.Schedule Your Days! Determine what needs to be done a month a head of time and schedule your days out accordingly. Get a calendar and create a daily list of goals for each day. But don’t just write it down, honor your list and get it done! Commit to the deadlines you have set for each day!
2. Get an Accountability partner who will help you stay on task. This is where a great mentor or coach can really come in handy. Coaches and mentors can help give the extra shove you may need to reach goals you may otherwise put off!
3. Show Yourself Some Grace! Hey sometimes life happens and that’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. I’m a mom and if my child gets a virus, I might be out for a week! Show yourself some Grace and jump back into your schedule when you can. The whole point is to develop healthy habits so RELAX!