We live in a world where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to remain focused. We find more on television than we can keep up with. We have Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and more to keep us preoccupied for hours on end. We have so much that that vies for our attention.
There comes a time when we know we need to remain focused on what truly matters. We all have to get work done. We all have to spend quality time with our families.
Have you ever found yourself connected to people on the blogs you read? As bloggers, we are in the relationship business. This is the power of blogging, we have the ability to impact someone’s life. But what does it take to be a great blogger. I’ve been asked by people what it takes to run a blog and I want to give you my advice – now some might disagree with me, and that’s okay.
When I began blogging in 2009, I really had no idea what I was doing. In-fact, my blog was mainly a devotional blog for the young adult ministry I led. As I began taking my blogging to the next level, I began noticing more and more success.
Blogging is the one thing I look forward to each week. It doesn’t matter if I’m putting together a Podcast episode for CrossTALK, or if I’m writing a post such as this. One thing is consistent, the way I produce and write my content.
If you’re a beginner blogger, you may not have found your proven workflow. But if you follow this method, you will become faster and more efficient.
Testing! This is what I love to do. If we don’t activly test new software, we won’t know what works well for us and what doesn’t.
I recently purchased a new piece of software for my Mac. It’s a little text-edit program called, Desk PM. This is a simple, no frills program where I can focus my energy on writing, not styling my blog posts.
One of the most favorite books is Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen. His whole concept in the book deals with losing a negative mindset and replacing it with positivity. But one thing is certain, we are killing our productivity with negative thinking.
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As a pastor, I deal with negative people. Now, I’m not saying I deal with negative people daily. However, there’s an individual who has come into my office with nothing good to say.
We live in a society that makes it easy to be distracted from what’s important. But what a lot of people don’t realize is, we find it okay to remain distracted, and procrastinate. It’s our subconscious hard at work, and keeping out the distractions is the hard part.
As a content producer, I find I have to be vigilant to keep distractions at a minimum, otherwise I become the dog watching for squirrels.
You’ve been to the church where half of your visit seems to be listening to the never ending announcement portion of the service. Now, there’s nothing wrong with announcements, but what happens when we announce everything? We end up wondering why no one has any idea of what’s happening?
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I’ve seen so many events happen where people didn’t show up. I believe one of the main reasons this happens is because churches focus so much energies on every event. But what do most ministers think about announcements? Are they a necessary evil, or do they really benefit the congregation?
We’ve all sat there working hard to type out our thoughts. It’s difficult and it’s time consuming. What if I could show you a new, fast and more efficient way of putting your thoughts down.
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Remember those old dictaphones? Put in a cassette, hit record and begin by speaking your thoughts. That’s when the work began by sitting down and going through to manually type out your thoughts. It was time consuming and frustrating.
Do you find it difficult to keep all your team planning ideas in one place? Maybe you just want to do something different and go paperless in your office. Now you can do both. All thanks to a program called, Evernote.
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I am usually not a very organized individual. I find it difficult to keep important items in an easy to access place. Someone might come into my office and wonder if I can even find something.