Is everything you do of equal value?
During my time as the General Director of North American Missions for the United Pentecostal Church, I worked with an Executive Coach to balance the various realities of life. In spite of having been an executive in secular employment and even though I’d been a somewhat effective pastor. I needed this coaching. I discovered that the skill set I needed to be an effective pastor were unlike the skills needed to be an effective religious executive.
Jane Klieve, my coach, helped recalibrate me regarding my use of time. With her help, I began to apply a “priority filter” for the many opportunities that came. What Jane was trying to do was have me place value on my time and prioritize the way it was used.
The system we came up with is color-coded and denotes anywhere from a level 1-5 in value. I later added a 6th level. Today I use an adapted version of this process. The goal is to feel empowered to say, “No,” to certain opportunities because they do not fulfill my purpose in life.
Here are six filters for your time.
Level 1 = non-negotiable
Level 2 = Optional opportunity with a high return on the time invested
Level 3 = Optional opportunity with mid-range return on the time invested
Level 4 = Optional opportunity with low-ranger return on the time invested
Level 5 – Good for my spirit
Level 6 = Sabbath