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Top 10 Ways Leaders Waste Time (And 10 Time Hacks to Help You)

When was the last time you complained about not having enough to do and more than enough time to do it in?


Almost every leader I know struggles with finding the time to get it all done.

I do too.

So what helps? And what hurts?

One of the best things you can do is have an honest conversation with yourself about how you waste time.

I’m going to assume you’re not gaming when you should be working, but there are other more insidious ways that time slips away.

Any idea what your time wasters are? And even if you do, any idea how to fix them?

Here’s some practical help.



The Top 10 Time Wasters and Time Hacks

So because this is a post on time management, let’s cut to the chase and outline the Top 10 ways leaders waste time and 10 time hacks that can help.

While this isn’t a scientific list, I know this is how I waste time if I’m not careful and they’re patterns I’ve seen in working with many leaders over the years.

All of these are common struggles, and the good news is there are relatively easy solutions.


5 Ways To Make Your Content More Compelling, Clickable (and Maybe Even Go Viral)

What makes you click? Or read? Or listen? Or, better yet, share a message with your friends?

Ever wonder that?

Me too.

Whether you’re writing a message for Sunday,  a blog post, a conference workshop, your notes for hosting an event or even writing an email you hope won’t instantly trigger the delete key, we all hope what we write and speak will be well received.

And yet every day, a lot of potentially great content disappears into the ether, never to be heard from or seen again. And others gets shared by hundreds, thousands, or even millions.


Believe it or not, most content that resonates share 5 characteristics. With an eye for these 5, you might soon find your content resonating more than it does now.

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It Starts with Great Content…But

There are a few things I’m going to assume. Because there isn’t really that much of a market for terrible content, let’s assume your content is:

High quality


Of value to people

This is true whether you’re speaking, writing or however you’re communicating.

No tweak or method is likely to make bad content more shareable.

Just wanted to make sure we’re all on the same page on that issue.


A Little Study in What Connects

Last year I met Brian Orme. You may or may not have heard of Brian, but you’ve likely been touched by his passion for helping leaders access great content.

Brian is the editor of Outreach Magazine,, SermonCentral, ChurchPlants and the exceptionally popular FaithIt. The content he edits is read by millions every day. You actually can’t be in senior leadership in ministry and not have been impacted by the content Brian edits.  Brian, by the way, is also a really great guy.

Brian and I have had a few conversations about what makes some content connect while other content just doesn’t.

We isolated five characteristics that seem to make content click with people. It’s unscientific for sure, but if it helps you preach better, teach better, lead better and write better…well then that’s awesome. It will advance the mission we’re all on.


5 Ways to Make Content Compelling, Clickable (and Maybe Even Viral)

Before we get started, let me clear up one more thing . I don’t think you can make content go viral. You can probably make it more compelling and more clickable. But you can’t make it go viral.

However, content that goes viral often has unique characteristics. Giving your piece these 5 characteristics below won’t make it go viral, but if anything you offer ever does go viral or gets shared disproportionately, it likely has some or all of these 5 characteristics.


The Pros and Cons of a Celebrity Pastor Culture

Without a doubt, we live in a celebrity culture.

It’s interesting that we can be fascinated with people we’ll never meet and who likely have little desire to meet us. But we are.

And in the last decade, celebrity culture has taken hold in the church.

The burning question: is it good for us?


This is So First Century

Well, actually, before we get too far into the conversation, realize that none of this is truly new.

The Apostle Paul struggled with a first century version of a celebrity culture.  Self-admittedly, Paul wasn’t the best speaker, and it seems the early Christians were eager to declare their loyalties to the apostles that they considered the best leaders/speakers—even to those who hadn’t invested nearly as much in the local church as Paul had.

A brimming popularity contest among church leaders is written all over 1 Corinthians 1-3 and significant sections of 2 Corinthians.

As long as there have been people, there has been the desire to assign loyalty to whomever you ‘like’ best.


How the Interwebs Changed Things

Fast forward to our day. Not only have we become a consumer culture, but we’re able to access media and personalities instantly and constantly.

Remember that just over a decade ago—back in the 1990s—you used to have to work to hear another pastor preach.

You’d have to drive to his or her church. Or buy a CD (or cassette…gotta love those tape ministries) and wait for the product to be delivered in the mail.  Few people bothered.

But with the rise of broadband, wifi, podcasting and smartphones, suddenly it became possible to listen to both your local pastor (or worship leader) and the best preachers (or worship leaders) on the planet. For free. Anytime of the day or night. Any week. Every week.

And millions of people have.

The unspoken reality is that almost every local church leader is now being evaluated not against last week, but against the best communicators on the planet.

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