This post is the third in a series on lessons I learned in my first years of ministry.
Lesson #3 – Take advantage of small blocks of time. This is actually a lesson I learned in college, but it has had a huge impact on my time at Calvary. Every day there are lots of things that need to get accomplished…lessons to prepare, people to counsel, and so much more. In between these big tasks are often “spare” 10 or 15 minute blocks of time. A lot of people use those small blocks of time to have a conversation with someone at work, maybe catchup on the news, or check their Facebook. They feel as though it is only 10 or 15 minutes, so there isn’t much productive they can do with it. But I have found taking advantage of those minutes can have a huge impact.
Think of it this way, if you work 5 days a week and can find a spare 10 or 12 minutes a day, that adds up to 50 or 60 minutes a week. An hour a week comes out to be 52 hours of time saved over the course of a year. By taking advantage of a “spare” few minutes each day you give yourself an entire extra work week. Honestly, I imagine that if most of us tried hard enough we could find not just 10, but perhaps 20 or 30 minutes we waste each day, and that adds up. Imagine what you could do with 2 or 3 weeks of more time at work.?.?