First Monday of 2016 = first day back in the office.
Here are 5 things I did to help me set off on the right footing:
Catch up with my Lead Pastor over a coffee. Most important thing today. No agenda as such but a great opportunity to set ourselves up for the year. The first four weeks of the year can often set the rhythm for the rest of the year. Setting the right focus and agenda will have a big impact on how I approach my role. I need to know what’s important as it influences my other conversations.
Reminding myself about what I am responsible for. I have written before about giving myself permission to be an Executive Pastor. Every now and then I need to remind myself. I am in this role for a reason. Knowing the heart of my Lead Pastor and what he wants to see helps to remind me why I am doing what I do.
De-clutter. Clear the space. Get rid of the paper off the desk. Create an environment which will help the thinking process. We actually rearranged the office.
Check the metrics. Start getting the right information in front of me ready for future conversations. Metrics don’t run things but they do demonstrate some progress. How do we know if we are heading in the right direction if we don’t know where we are coming from?
Get some BIG questions written down. What should we be doing? Ultimately it’s all about reaching people for our incredible Saviour, extending the kingdom and building local church. So it’s important to ask the right kind of questions ~ where should our energies be put? What is a win? The right questions can help with our thinking, which helps keep us focused.
And now to relax. It’s too easy to be overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, but after a full day, learning to relax with family and friends is vital. Plus good food helps too.
How about you? How did your first day back go?