Now’s the time to plan your ideal week – here’s mine!

I’ve been re-thinking my work schedule now that we’re getting close to the autumn.  I use an idea from Michael Hyatt which involves planning an “ideal week” from which I then base my schedule around.

How would you schedule your time if you were in total control? Of course, there will be conflicts but your ideal week gives you a baseline to begin your planning.

I tend to think of my days in 3 blocks – Morning, Afternoon and Evening. I I like to keep my mornings for study & writing while the afternoons & evenings are for meetings, busy work (expense reports, errands, etc.) and organized ministry.

A key part of a healthy lifestyle is being serious about Sabbath rest.  God’s commandment is good for our body, mind, and soul as we set aside a day when we are intentionally not working.  Since Sunday is a workday for me, I usually take Thursday off to spend time with Josephine and work on household tasks.

My ideal week looks like this:

Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Morn
Study
Study
Study
Study
Off
Prayer then meeting
After
Worship
Off
Meetings
Staff meeting
Off
Outreach
Relational ministry
Even
Film club
Off
Men’s Bible study
Off
Off

A few notes of explanation:
1. “Study” includes writing emails, proposals, and complex administrative tasks.
2. “Meetings” include home visits, time with staff and relational evangelism
3. If I’m not preaching on Sunday, then Sunday morning becomes more relaxed providing time with others or church visits
4. Saturdays are a flexible day. There may be sermon prep, tasks for New City, time with friends as well as time off

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Chris Hatch

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