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Productivity. Getting things done. Saving time. Our society is obsessed with hacking time. I love finding new and creative ways to be more productive. I’ve actually written a couple of posts about doing just that – touch things once & spread yourself thick. However, our desire to be productive can be a double-edged sword. Sometimes we end up cutting corners in productivity’s name. We’ve all been there and suffered the consequences. It was in one of these moments that a mentor, Neill Morgan, taught me a line that has become a personal mantra, “Take the time it takes, it takes less time.”

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Now, this statement applies to a wide variety of situations, but I have found it most useful in relationships. So, here are three types of relationships and how this mantra has been helpful for me in each. Continue Reading…

“The more activities we can cram into the year – the better our program will be.”  Have you ever been caught in this mindset?  You bet ya!

Would you rather be average at a lot of things OR truly great at a few things?  Um…

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I’ve tried the cram as much as possible approach… And I’ve been average at a lot and not great at much.  So, the last few years my mantra has become “spread yourself thick.”  Here’s why:

  1. Quality Over Quantity: I’ve always heard this when working out, but it applies to our lives and ministry as well.  We have been hoodwinked into believing that – More = Better.  However, what if we spent a majority of our energy on the most important stuff and did it really well.  Steve Jobs did this with Apple when he became CEO the second time around.  He took Apple from a ton of different products to just a few really amazing products.  We’re going to focus on a few things – and we’re going to do them really, really well.
  2. Practice Makes Perfect – 10,000-Hour Rule: Malcolm Gladwell discusses in his book Outliers how the key to success in any field is practicing a specific task for a total of approximately 10,000 hours.  Agree or disagree with this theory – it makes an important point.  We need to practice to hone our skills.  The more we practice the better we become.  If we are spread too thin – then when we do practice something important – we are not able to give our full selves.  End result – it takes us longer to get where we want to go.
  3. Ramp Up Creativity: The most difficult thing about being spread too thin is it leaves no energy for creativity.  That energy you have when you start a new job or return from a vacation – well – you can have more of that energy during “ordinary time” if you’re able to make space for it.  When we’re running around like a chicken with their head cut off… not so much.

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