There have been times when I’ve felt like other people must have more hours in their day than I have in mine. I see the things they accomplish, and I’m honestly jealous. I’ve realized that I waste a lot of valuable time that could be better used to get ahead.

My world has changed a lot in the last couple of weeks, so I’ve begun a massive overhaul of my work routines. I’m hoping to find more space and more hours to get ahead and accomplish more.

Here are some things I’m doing to get ahead (or at least caught up):

1. Updated To Do List

I’ve always kept a To Do list, but I’m making a concentrated effort to categorize the tasks that go on the list. I’ve even setup a color coded system to use. (Thanks Debby Hamilton for the awesome pens!) When I find myself losing time in a week, I can quickly review the To Do list to see what area is taking up the most time. This will help me to rearrange my routine when the season calls for it.

2. Schedule Breaks

I’m a procrastinator and a people-person. In a large office, that’s not a good combination. I tend to spend more time out of my office each day than I do in my office. I’m setting alarms to alert me when a schedule break is available to use. After the break, it’s back to work and the alarm is reset. (I’m searching for a Mac app that will help with this. Any ideas?) Scheduling breaks will keep me focused longer and minimize my self-inflicted interruptions. I’ll still make my social rounds around the office, but less frequently than I did before.

3. Designated Times for Designated Tasks

I pride myself on my ability to multitask. However, I was surprised to learn that multitasking actually makes the worker less productive. While I’m writing, I tend to still check email or answer phone calls. When I’m in a creative planning meeting, I’m still jotting down notes for the writing tasks that I have on my plate. There are times when multitasking will be necessary, but I am minimizing it by creating designated times for designated tasks.

4. Establish New Routines

One of the most damaging effects on my productivity is my inconsistent schedule. Most weeks, my afternoons are meeting-free and great times for writing. This week, however, every afternoon is packed with counseling appointments for an upcoming baptism. I’m working to find the times in my schedule that are consistently open so that I can utilize them for my most important tasks.

How do you get ahead?
Where do you find the “extra hours” in your work that help you to get more done?

I’d love to hear your tips and advice to better help me in this schedule overhaul.

7 Days

The big day is only 7 days away! In case you haven’t heard, we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of our 2nd child, Macy Kate. As we prepare to welcome Macy into our world, I began to think about the ways my life will change.  Here’s what I know so far:

More Life

Our life is fun.More life means more fun, right?

Jerry Seinfeld said it best when he said, “Having a 2-year-old is like having a blender with no lid.” Even in the chaos, we’ve managed to create a semi-normal life in our home. We’ll call it our ecosystem. Now, I’m not a scientist, but I know that it is dangerous to throw a new living thing into an existing ecosystem. That one additional creature totally changes the ecosystem. That’s what we’re doing by bringing home another baby. We have developed routines and habits that will likely be changed by this new life. This new life will take center stage at 2 a.m. just as much as it does at 2 p.m.!  But with new life comes new excitement! I’m looking forward to adding even more life to our already fun and full lives.

More Love

I love my wife more than anything on earth. Maggie is right behind her. And now we get to add Macy to the mix.

As a husband, I’m looking forward to loving my wife and caring for her needs as a mom of 2. As a daddy, I’m looking forward to showing my daughters how much I love their mother and how much I love them. I’m also looking forward to teaching them how to reflect Christ’s love in their world. And in addition to all of that, I’m looking forward to watching love develop between Maggie and Macy as sisters. This is a new love for our house, so it should be exciting to watch it develop.

sharing love with another child and teaching her to love by the way I . I’m excited because we, as parents, will get to show our love for her and teach her to love. But I’m even more excited to watch love play out between her and Maggie as sisters.

Dana & Maggie



Think-Tank.final-logo1I’m on my way this morning to Nashville for a “Think Tank” with Lifeway Christian Resources. We will be discussing curriculum for children, students, and adults. I’m really excited to be a part of this process.

I have shared and taken ideas from so many of you that read this blog. You write, create, and implement curriculum that is working in your context. As we dream and talk about curriculum at this “Think Tank”, I would love to hear from you about what works, what doesn’t work, and what pieces you would include in your ideal curriculum.

If you’d like your ideas included in this meeting, please leave a comment to one or all of the following questions:

  • What does your dream curriculum look like?
  • What balance of small group and large group to you believe works best?
  • What topics are most important for each age group (preschool, elementary, preteen, student, college, adults)?
  • If you could teach through a book of the Bible to the above age groups, which book would you choose?
  • What is the best way to teach through a book of the Bible (verse-by-verse, chapter summary with key verses, main points/themes of the book, etc)?
  • When looking to purchase curriculum, what is one factor that makes or breaks it for you?
  • Do you prefer curriculum to offer a scripted teaching plan, a teaching outline, or a study guide for teachers to create their own lesson?

Feel free to leave another and all other thoughts that you feel are important to consider!

I Love My Church

March 5, 2013 — 6 Comments

sph-missionsThings have been extremely busy lately, but exciting. I’m so thankful for the way God is working on me and working around me. I’m getting to see so many cool things.

I love my church. God is doing so many exciting things at Fellowship and even more great things are coming soon! Here are some statistics that God us using to stir our hearts:

The population of Little Rock and the surrounding cities/suburbs is: 877.091 people
The number of churches in the Greater Little Rock area is: 780 churches
The average church attendance is: 75 attendees

If you (generously) doubled the average attendance for churches in the Greater Little Rock area to 150 attendees, there would still be 760,000 people without a church home.

And here is why I love my church:
Our church has gotten serious about seeing a movement of discipleship in the Greater Little Rock area. There are groups forming all over the city in homes, on school campuses, and in offices. The focus on discipleship is opening even more opportunities to reach the Greater Little Rock area! I cannot wait to see what God does as we work to reach the 760,000!

For more on our mission and D-Group strategy, check out this video…
Making Disciples–Fellowship Bible Church