What I tweeted the past week.

What I tweeted the past week.

Helpful Clarification

Came across this pic today (via Oddly Specific)…

…apparently there is a place with this name! What were they thinking when they named this place? At least the sign creators wanted to be helpful with the correct pronunciation of the name.  Got me thinking though.  Kind of emphasizes the importance of thinking through what you name things and how that will effect the vehicles used to communicate that name choice.  If you have to explain a name that’s used, should you use it?

My Daily Workflow

What do you do on a typical work weekday?  My typical work week fluctuates but here’s what I do on a day that I don’t have to travel or have any meetings:

  • When I first wake up my morning routine consists of waking up the kids,  a shower, teeth brush, hair setting, getting dressed, having a big glass of orange juice, and sometimes a bagel.  While I’m enjoying my breakfast and the kids are getting ready for school and my wife is packing their lunch I will try to get through my Bible Reading for the day on my YouVersion Blackberry app (I’m currently doing the M’Cheyne One Year Reading plan)
  • Once the kids get ready (hopefully with no fights) I’ll say good by to my wife and will load everybody into the car (actually a minivan) and drop them off to school on my way to work.  On the 10-12 minute drive to work (depending on traffic) my usual practice (not always, but usually) is to just spend time talking to God and thinking about the day ahead.
  • When I arrive at work I usually start my day off by unpacking my laptop and setting it up on the desk (hooking all the peripherals and whatnot – my dream is to have a nice 24″ widescreen monitor to extend the viewing space but alas, at this point, it’s just a dream)
  • If I didn’t get the chance to read from my daily Bible reading plan earlier I will do it after I get the laptop setup.  I will also try to get in a reading from a C.S. Lewis anthology that I’m working through.
  • Occasionally I will tweet any cool insights I think are worth passing on (unfortunately, lately “occasionally” means “rarely”).
  • When I log in to my laptop after everything has started up I load up Google Chrome with Gmail as a pinned tab.  Then I load up Google Calendar and Remember the Milk as separate instances of Chrome in the apps setup that Google Chrome allows (a really cool way of running web apps as if they are desktop apps).  I do this because I “alt-tab” A LOT and this makes it much easier to switch between applications that I use.  I also open Firefox and have our church management app started up in it (Church Community Builder).  I haven’t completely switched over to Chrome yet, there are still a few things that I like running on Firefox better.
  • Oh and one other app that is always running in the background is TweetDeck.
  • After I’ve set all the first apps up I then start up FocusBooster.  A short while ago I heard about the Pomodoro Technique from Scott Magdelain and since then I’ve been using it to power through all the things I do on a work day.
  • By now I’ve usually taken about 30 to 45 minutes of the day.
  • The next thing I usually do is tackle email.  I go through my inbox and triage it – either writing responses, making a todo task from it, or archiving them.  Dealing with email is an ongoing task through my day and communication overall is a huge part of my typical work day.
  • Once I’ve finished getting the first batch of email done I will then move on to working through the to-do list that I manage with Remember the Milk.  Tasks range from preparing for weekend activities, ordering materials, creation of promotional material for upcoming events or classes, writing messages or training materials, leadership development,  communication with leaders,  ministry planning and implementation, research, overseeing the budgets and finances of the ministries I’m responsible for…well – a lot of stuff.
  • I’m also a person authorized for signing church cheques – which invariably means that there will be things for me to sign through the day.
  • I’m also the unofficial tech support person.  What that means is if something isn’t working right with someone’s computer I’m the go-to guy.  I’m also the go-to guy for how-to use-software-to-get-things-done that we use at the church (as much as possible I try to pass off some of this stuff to our Church Administrator as this is mostly his job BUT then, I love this stuff!)
  • I’ve already mentioned that I use the pomodoro technique (well, try to use it is probably a better way of putting it).  That means that every 25 minutes I take a 5 minute break.  During the breaks I read through the posts coming into my Google Reader account and if there are no feeds to read I will work on updating my tumblr blog with highlighted quotes from books I’m reading.  I also do this during my lunch breaks.
  • When magazines come into the church that we share among the staff I will usually read them during my lunch break and sticky tag the articles I want to have for reference into my Evernote account.  When I’m done going through the magazine I pass it off to my secretary who will take care of scanning it for me (whew! Thanks Tanya!).
  • When I’m stuck on something (either facing a tough call with an individual or getting writer’s/creative block) I will usually drop what I’m doing and spend a few minutes just praying about it.  I learned a long time ago that prayer really does help. Sadly, though, I sometimes forget this.

That’s a typical work day for me and I try to reserve at least two full days where I can do much of the above.  However,  there are other things that happen through the week that I also do:

  • Meet with people (I’m currently using a neat tool that I came across called TimeBridge for booking appointments.  Here’s the link I give out to people who want to see me. (about 2 hours a week meeting with folks)
  • I try to take some time for personal leadership development and I’m currently enrolled in a leadership coaching course (Coaching Level II) that takes up about 4 hours a week.
  • I’m also currently mentoring a Bible College student (about two hours a week)
  • I’m also currently helping a Chinese immigrant learn English (about one hour a week)
  • Staff prayer and meeting (2-3 hours a week)
  • I’m teaching some of our staff coaching skills (avg about 1 hour a week, our sessions are spread over a few months and aren’t every week)
  • I handle all benevolent requests coming into the church and correspond with our benevolent committee in making decisions on the big requests.
  • Hospital visits (I’m terrible at this and don’t do it that often)

Once I’m done my day at work I will head home and on the evenings that I don’t have to head out again:

  • Get welcome home hugs and kisses from my kids (and I realllllly try to not get upset when I see all their backpacks and coats and boots spread all over the place – this is something I’m working on. Pray for me.)
  • I take a 10 minute breather (sometimes a nap, but usually just a quick browse through any mail that came in).
  • Enjoy supper prepared by my AWESOME wife Kerryanne.
  • Listen to my kids talk about their day around the dinner table.
  • Spend a few minutes with my children reading their books and helping with homework.  When that’s done,  I might play a bit of the wii with them, or I might wrestle with them (which is getting more and more dangerous every day)
  • I’ll spend some time talking with my wife about her day and she’ll ask about my day (and we’ll try to outdo each other with our war stories….just kidding!)
  • The kids usually start getting ready for bed around 7:30pm and are in bed by 8pm.  I’ll go around with my wife and hear them pray and then pray over them.  I LOVE hearing my kids pray – it’s so awesome hearing their faith expressed in their talks with God.  When I was a kid, I was taught to pray “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray my Lord my soul to keep…” and I prayed that EVERY night.  I had that sucker down pat.  But my kids?  We’ve told them to get frank and honest with God from day one – and that is exactly what they do.  Every night is a surprise as we listen to them pray (I really am going to have to blog some of them!)
  • IF all goes well with the children going to sleep (I swear my youngest daughter, Jenna has caffeine for blood), then Ker and I will sometimes try to get in a TV show together.  Invariably, however, I have my laptop with me and I’m either writing a blog post, working on my WordPress plugin, or doing some freelance work to earn a few bucks on the side.  Currently, I’m doing more freelance work (we’ve got a goal of eliminating our credit card debt so I’m doing custom web development work on the side to help towards this goal).
  • Around 11pm Ker and I will head to bed together and I’ll read out loud the Bible Reading plan that we are currently working through together.  Sometimes we’ll discuss what we’ve read, but usually we’ll alternate praying together and then go to sleep.  I used to stay up and do more coding or reading on the internet but lately I’ve been staying in bed and crashing for the night.

So there you have it.  A typical work weekday for me at my church.  What’s your typical work day like?

[photo from flickr user: wurz]

What I tweeted the past week.

  • On my Blog ~~> What I tweeted the past week. http://ow.ly/16pNB8 #
  • Watching my kids do their play le francais. (And yes I know my french is bad). #
  • WOW! My family were really blessed tonite with a much valued gift! May God bless in turn the unknown people who gifted us! #
  • @jakesta welcome to the "grand" club 🙂 in reply to jakesta #
  • RePost: What I tweeted the past week. http://bit.ly/6URaQy #
  • First one in to the office this morning. Roads must b bad for out of towners. #
  • just finished my first coaching call with @joshuatremblay – seems like a nice guy. #
  • #ipad #namefail – Rminds me 2 mch of the feelng I gt whn my wife asks me 2 stp at the stre on the wy home 4 sum "necessaries" #
  • Just came across the phrase "unwaged persons" in the paper. Is that the politically correct way to say "unemployed"? #
  • RT @athomewithjulie: So excited…just got a new domain name: http://www.AtHomeWithJulie.ca // way to go Julie! #
  • @DannoDavis um Dan, Waterloo isn't the North, and this snow is nothin in reply to DannoDavis #
  • Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. http://read.ly/Rom8.12.NLT #
  • sitting on the couch doing some coding and chatting with my beautiful wife. #
  • taking a 30 minute break (yes on my day off) and am going to play some supermario on the wii. #
  • RT @GeoffMHeeg: Risk of Faith – By Geoff: http://wp.me/pLfl5-T //another great challenge! #
  • People are born for trouble  as readily as sparks fly up from a fire. http://read.ly/Job5.7.NLT #
  • Looking forward to a great night of worship! (@ Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly) http://4sq.com/71hImk #

What I tweeted the past week.

  • RePost: What I tweeted the past week. http://bit.ly/4Dwikm #
  • On my Blog ~~> What I tweeted the past week. http://ow.ly/16myL3 #
  • I have written a review for "Financial Peace Revisited" http://i.anobii.com/594280 #
  • This quote from @perrynoble is priceless (and sadly true) – "Too many people have reverence and rigormortis confused!" #
  • WPA raised over $11,000 for Haiti this past weekend! Wow! -> http://bit.ly/8Q53jn #
  • My sister just informed me that I'm an uncle again. She delivered a healthy baby boy! Woohoo! #
  • Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD. #
  • Tonites a big night in my house. Liam said he didn't need a nightlight anymore and turned it off. Guess I have to strt slping w/o mine now.. #
  • Heading to staff prayer and meeting. This is one of my favorite times of the week! #
  • My eight year old daughter has an account on #youversion. Cool. #
  • Quote from our lead pastor at staff mtg. this morning: "Lead before you're led" #
  • RT @GeoffMHeeg: Out of the Woodwork: http://wp.me/pLfl5-x // you're writing some thot provoking stuff! #
  • Visiting my sister and meeting my 4 day old nephew #
  • Emotional maturity is underrated. — Seth Godin –> http://bit.ly/8snKo9 // Well written – do you do what Seth describes? #
  • Haiti: 360 degree images – http://bit.ly/4wXvTm #cnn //wow some amazing images and great closeup of the destruction in Haiti #
  • @jakesta my condolences man. in reply to jakesta #
  • Looking forward to a great service tonite! (@ Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly) http://4sq.com/71hImk #
  • I just became the mayor of Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/71hImk #

What I tweeted the past week.

  • On my Blog ~~> What I tweeted the past week. http://ow.ly/16jp3b #
  • Looking forward to starting another week! My kids reeeaally do not like Monday's though. #
  • email is crazy today. Yup crazy. My fingers hurt. #
  • I just realized I forgot my wife's homemade soup I was going to have for lunch. Not nice. #
  • RePost: What I tweeted the past week. http://bit.ly/6IcBzj #
  • Feels kind of wierd being the first into the office today. #
  • RT @ScottMagdalein: http://twitpic.com/xsiw3 – my workspace this morning. #remotelife // envy #
  • having a break with WPA Staff! nice. (@ Starbucks) http://4sq.com/6CIPpC #
  • Praying for the people of Haiti and others there. #
  • How To Make Sure Your Church Is Boring! by @perrynoble http://bit.ly/8cc0DM // Is your church boring? #
  • @FlowerDust waterloo Ont, canada – blog loads but no css or images are loading. in reply to FlowerDust #
  • @FlowerDust now I'm getting a 503 error resource limit exceeded error message in reply to FlowerDust #
  • Have u ever suffered thru "wannadoitis" mixed with "noenergitis" before? That's me right now. #
  • k foursquare.com refuses to load for me in google chrome (dev) #foursquare #chrome #
  • #ccbchurch form links are resolving really slow today…anyone else noticing that? #
  • I have rated "Pagan Christianity?" on aNobii – 2/5 http://i.anobii.com/476d07 #
  • I have added "The Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Gifts" to my aNobii bookshelf http://i.anobii.com/3e7962 #
  • The Canadian government will match all donations to ERDO for Haiti relief 1:1. See this article ~~> http://bit.ly/5cwdXz #
  • burning the midnight oil tonite because of restlessness. #
  • Decided I'm going to try out #mailtrends –> http://bit.ly/4nYZfe // Gonna chk my #gmail usage #stats and #trends. #
  • RT @watpen we're taking up a special offering this Sunday for the people of #Haiti –> http://bit.ly/6ilhzK // I'm in. #
  • RT @watpen Do you have a loved one in #Haiti? We want to #pray for you! Post your prayer on this page –> http://bit.ly/81aENl #
  • RT @GeoffMHeeg: Very proud of the youth of Missio Dei & Ethos78 a running total (meaning not done yet) of $1275 for Haiti! //AWESOME!! #

What I tweeted the past week.

  • On my Blog ~~> What I tweeted the past week. http://ow.ly/16gl32 #
  • Are you letting your theology be shaped by books about God or the Bible, God's book? #
  • Could it be that God is a nerd? ~~Bono ~~> http://bit.ly/8tdSno #
  • iNum – One number for the world – Home http://bit.ly/7Z7ndp ~~> This is an interesting service for those with global reach. #
  • Lunch with @DannoDavis. He's cool. #
  • RT @GeoffMHeeg: The spiritual life of furniture…: http://wp.me/pLfl5-9 // looking forward to seeing the end result! #
  • My friend and ministry buddy @GeoffMHeeg has started a blog with his wife! Cool. I've subscribed 🙂 #
  • NOT inviing sme ppl to srv in a mnstry b/c they don't have email and it has a communication requirement. Is that bad? #
  • RePost: What I tweeted the past week. http://bit.ly/6aom32 #
  • Waking up with twitter is like waking up in a noisy camp cabin sometimes 🙂 #
  • Trying some licorice spice tea and it smells good but tastes AWFUL! I'm still shuddering… ughh #
  • @DannoDavis try VLC Media Player -> I've yet to throw a video format at it that it won't play. #
  • Hoping I can do some coding tomorrow. I miss it. #
  • @human3rror u shld practice getting the spelling of WordPress right… 😉 in reply to human3rror #
  • On my Blog ~~> "Strange Fire" http://ow.ly/16iiHc #
  • @mayertanuan I like black licorice too. But something about the tea just didn't agree with me. {shudder} in reply to mayertanuan #
  • putting away the Christmas decorations and listening to some tunes (NOT Christmas music!) #
  • listening to Barlow Girl's Enough (Shoutcast SKY.FM is on) #
  • @danbutcher Can't remember…let me test for ya – give me a sec. in reply to danbutcher #
  • @danbutcher no bulk edits for series (but something I'm looking at implementing) You can use the quick edit for each individual post tho in reply to danbutcher #
  • RePost: “Strange Fire” http://bit.ly/4oSE4V #
  • Heading to the analog words place with my kids. Hoping they'll find some good offline stuff to sign out. #
  • On my Blog ~~> What really matters and how blood and gore makes me queasy… http://ow.ly/16iU5L #
  • RePost: What really matters and how blood and gore makes me queasy… http://bit.ly/8RZVFh #
  • #youversion has been down a lot lately when I try to access it. Hoping its not a major problem! #
  • #youversion has bn inconsistent for me today. A sign of scaling issues? When its down I realize how dpndnt I've become on it (using bb app) #
  • RT @deniseboettger: another good morning at church! God Reigns! #
  • At prayer for the blessing service tonite. Can't wait for this service! Looking forward to praying God's blessing for people's lives! #