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I was reading about productivity recently in the newsletter. I loved the infographic they used and was intrigued by the biggest changes leaders need to make to become more productive.

The top five really resonated with me and I’ve listed them in my own words:

1. Have a task management system. You have to capture all that you have to do. If you don’t, you’ll be constantly bombarded with the thoughts of getting stuff done. Put it in a task management system and get it off of your mind!

2. Only have a meeting as a last resort. Meetings kill time and productivity. If you can have a quick conversation with a couple of people in a casual way, do that instead. If you can take care of it in a walk-by conversation, do that. If you can communicate with a phone call, do it. Only meet as a last resort!

3. Schedule time to answer email and social media. If you don’t, they’ll constantly be distractions throughout the day. The problem with push notifications on email is that they disrupt you too often. The same with social media. Schedule them. They do have value, but not enough to be a constant and consistent distraction.

4. Have a plan for tomorrow. Seriously, make a plan for what you’ll get accomplished tomorrow. This could be a quick arrangement of tasks or a look at your calendar. Have a plan and goals for your day. If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it.

5. Leverage empowerment by delegating. One of the biggest lessons we can learn as a leader is delegation. If they can do it as well or better than you, let them.

Artie Davis is the pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, S.C. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church planting and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.

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