personal productivity

Boost Your Productivity by Only Handling Information Once

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  1. I appreciate this advice. Today I made the comment that within the first hour of the day I receive enough email to keep me busy for the rest of it. I find myself tackling the latest emails only to dig down to those pesky ones I’ve decided to put off again and again. If I could O.H.I.O. I think I would, indeed, be more productive. Committed to trying this at least for a short time.

  2. One week and I must admit, something has changed. My calendar was packed tight by the end of the week and this week it is about the same. It’s not in a bad way though. It is just a very intentional use of my time.

    I ended up doing one of a few things – (1) Delete the email, (2) Respond with “no”, (3) Request more information, (4) Drop it on my calendar to commit time to doing it, (5) Delegating it to someone to complete, or (6) Creating a project request. In every instance, I was able to delete the email and not have to sit and wonder if/when I’ll handle it. As I write, my inbox has 3 items in it. KUDOS to you! I think being aware of what I am doing (wasting time) is a big part of correcting it – OHIO is a reminder to be a better steward.

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Rich Birch
Rich Birch is one of the early multi-site church pioneers in North America. He led the charge in helping The Meeting House in Toronto to become the leading multi-site church in Canada with over 5,000+ people in 18 locations. In addition, he served on the leadership team of Connexus Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner. He has also been a part of the lead team at Liquid Church - a 5 location multisite church serving the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. Liquid is known for it’s innovative approach to outreach and community impact. Rich is passionate about helping churches reach more people, more quickly through excellent execution.His latest book Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church is an Amazon bestseller and is design to help your church reach more people in your community.