Get Your Head in the Game

Wendy Douglas —  June 23, 2010

Just like Troy in “High School Musical” I sometimes am challenged to keep my head in the game. I have trouble concentrating at work when I have so much going on in Summit Kidz. I had to learn to be intentional in managing my time at work.

Here are several practical things that I have found helpful:

1. I keep a notebook on my desk. When I think of something that I need to do, I jot it down to work on it later. This also doubles as my “dream pad” where I will note different ideas I might come up with through the day to expand on later.

2. I schedule phone conferences during my lunch. Not being available during the day for meetings can be difficult and I have found this a great alternative. I also take notes during every conversation so that I can refer to them later.

3. I read during my breaks. I have my Bible and a book with me each day. This allows me to study and prepare for lessons.

4. I download podcasts to listen to while working. This is a great source of encouragement and also is a learning tool for me.

5. I have several of my kidmin friends twitter updates set to come to my cellphone in text form. This allows me to view discussions and also save any shared links to check out later.

All of these assist me in staying focused at work and to keep my head in the game.

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

3 responses to Get Your Head in the Game

  1. Sarah Pickering June 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Great post Wendy – good ideas to use in time management – I need to get myself a notepad. Thanks for writing. love to you!!!

  2. Wendy,

    I think this is a great post chocked full of wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing them.

    Because of my work environment, I generally have my laptop available. It is the same one I use at home, so I also have it there. I use it extensively to “jot down” ideas that I don’t want to forget. I tend to use Outlook and/or Google Tasks to keep track of things that need to get done. Sometimes, I’ll send myself an e-mail (that kind of sounds sad when I type it out, but oh well) if I want to remember something that jumped into my head. I also use programs like Windows Live Writer to keep track of ideas I have for blog posts, etc. Evernote.com is another awesome online tool that I have just recently started using more.

  3. Great tips – thanks! Time management is definitely difficult for me. I keep a pad of sticky notes by my desk, make use of my commute (20 min. bus ride) for reading and brainstorming, and occasionally multi-task by using time with my own “experts,” aka my kids (ages 12 and 13), for testing out ideas. And, I too e-mail myself at home.