Whiteboard Session | Strategies for Planning Your Day As A Youth Worker

Tom Shefchunas
March 27th, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of YS Whiteboard. We just want to take a few minutes to talk shop with youthworkers so we can all do a little bit to get a little better at what we do each week.

 This week Shef is breaking down simple hacks for creating your ideal week. Everybody can get more out of their weeks with less effort if we just step back and look at our “When”. Start to understand what works for you by drawing up your own IDEAL WEEK.·     

  • Start with your PERSONAL “Have-To’s.” These are personal priorities for you to be who you need to be each day. Quiet Time, Family Time, Exercise, etc.
  • Next – Put in your WORK “Have-To’s” – These are your standing meetings during each week.
  • Next –  Give yourself time to “Start-up” and “Shut Down” each day.
  • Next – Don’t’ fight your RHYTHM. You have times each day when you’re at your best. Put those high priority work items in those spots the best you can.
  • Finally – LUNCH! Everybody has a trough or a dip of effectiveness each day. That time is right around lunch. Be strategic about lunch. Get away from your work, take a nap, exercise, call a friend…whatever you can do to get the most out of the second part of your day.

Purchase Daniel Pink’s book, When, here.

Tom Shefchunas

Tom Shefchunas (Shef) is the Executive Director at Youth Specialties. Shef also works with Orange in the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Before that Shef was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. His passion is working with, recruiting, and developing volunteers and leaders who will shape the next generation. Through nearly two decades of leadership in ministry Shef has had numerous opportunities to coach and be coached by some amazing individuals.

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