Being a youth pastor means you will take on many roles, namely the pastor, counselor, finance manager, web designer, vision and strategy planning, administration, program planning, teacher, recruiter, graphic designer, trainer, etc…. Some of these roles may not be your strong suite, but unfortunately you have to do them because who else will?
So the question still remains: How does a youth pastor continuously be productive? What are your youth ministry productivity patterns? Are you (the youth pastor) productive?
pt. 1 Creating a Comfortable Office Space
pt. 2 Possible Methods of Being Productive in your youth ministry
To be productive in youth ministry, you need to feel good about your work space. That is why I am arguing in order to be a productive small town youth pastor you need to have a legit location to work and you need to feel good about it. Walking into your office spot should instantly motivate you to work.
Here are some factors to consider in order to create a comfortable and productive office work space:
• Your location
Ideally, your desk should face the door, so when you are seated you are facing it. This is not only the position found to be the most calming for the occupant, but is also the most welcoming for someone entering the room.
• Natural light
If at all possible, find a space with a good source of natural light. A window allows you to give your eyes a break by looking out every so often, not lose track of time, improves your mood and lessens eye fatigue from looking at a bright screen. Plus if you are a graphic designer or illustrator, natural light will help you view colours accurately on printed materials.
• Your chair
In all likelihood you will spend at least eight hours a day in this chair, so it is worth investing in a good one. When looking for a chair, it is best to go into a store and sit on the chair before purchasing it. You may wish to find a better price online after that, but don’t skip giving it a test-sit, so to speak. Overstock.com has a great selection of cheap chairs.
• Your desk
It is pivotally important that you get a desk that is the right height. Work on a desk that is too high or too low and your posture and circulation can suffer, increasing the risk of strain and injury.
• Your computer screen
It is important to adjust the brightness of your screen. A good rule of thumb is that your screen should not be brighter than the brightest point in your room. This means you should never work in the dark!
Glare or reflections on your screen can be very distracting, not to mention bad for the eyes. Avoid facing your screen towards a light source.
Finally your screen should be at least an arm’s length away from you. When seated, you should have your screen positioned so that you are staring straight ahead with a relaxed neck.
• Your keyboard
Your keyboard should be relatively close to your screen, so that when you type your elbows can rest on your desk. This puts your arms in a resting position and reduces the strain on your wrists.
Tips and Tricks For Your Workspace
Here are some tips and tricks on how to optimize your workspace:
• Lock your workspace door
• Buy some sound-isolating earphones
• Keep it light
• Empty the room of clutter
• Avoid patterned or dark walls
• Consider a bulletin board or white board
(I got some of these tips from the book: How to be a Rockstar Freelancer)