If you’re anything like me, you at all times have about 100 things that you need to accomplish. This post is specifically about ministry tasks, but it applies equally well to any to-do list. There are many different areas of your ministry that will need attention, everything from paperwork, to training, to purchasing. So how on earth do you keep all your little tasks organized? Well, that’s what we’re going to try to figure out!
I am a perpetual list-maker. Unfortunately, a side effect of this is that I usually have about twenty little scraps of paper floating around my house, all in varying stages of crossed-outedness. This is not very efficient, and rather confusing to see what still needs to be done.
Lately, I’ve been trying out another method, with modest success.
Simply take an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of heavier cardstock and laminate it (which I have NOT done yet). Tape it up somewhere you’ll see it every day. The pantry door works well for me. Label it as “Ministry” or “Church”. Then cut out small rectangles of paper that will be used to record your tasks. Write one item per paper rectangle, and tape to your To-Do board. These can be organized by order of importance, color-coded according to type of task, or whatever else you can think of. Tasks are removed as they are completed, and replaced with new ones.
The beauty of this system is that all tasks are recorded on ONE piece of paper, crossed-off items are not cluttering up your list, and your list is staring you in the face every day. This is important for people like myself, who need visual reminders. Of course there are many ways to organize, and this is simply one option. If you find something else that works for you, jump on that thing! I’m sure I’ll be revisiting this topic again!