If asked, most of you would admit to procrastination. I am not making it up, either. The Barna Group did the study for us. Based on their research, 60% of Americans claim a temptation to procrastinate.
If you are a student, then you wait until the night before, or worst yet, the morning of test day to study. If you are a credit card holder, then you wait until the last day of the 10 day grace period to look at the statement. If you are in the workforce, you wait until April 15 to file your taxes. If you are a parent, you wait until the last minute to pickup your child from school. If you are a pastor, you wait until Saturday Night to write Sunday morning’s sermon. If you are…then you…
Reality is: procrastination rarely prepares you to reach big goals.
I spent three days this week at a training for church planting. Over and over again, we were urged to dream big dreams for the Church. “Don’t dream of planting a church you can do in your own ability. Dream of a church greater than your capacity to create, a church that requires God’s power to pull off,” they said.
Once they felt we were convinced to dream big, then they offered tools necessary to equip us for the challenge. One of the most helpful, invaluable tools: a Timeline.
A Timeline is a chart with task list and deadlines to keep you on track with the myriad details that must be completed all the way through your project. Every Timeline is inspired by a vision. A vision is a future reality you can imagine and begin working toward. Every vision needs a strategy. A strategy is a plan or process designed to help you visualize the necessary steps for reaching your goal. Which brings you back to the Timeline, because every strategy is executed through a series of tasks. A Timeline lists the tasks and sets a deadline for accomplishing each one.
Too many great visions have gone unrealized, and too many strategies have collected dust because of procrastination. The ONE thing needed to avoid procrastination is a Timeline.
Seems so simple, doesn’t it? Yet, it is the one thing most of us lack.