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3 Tricks to Juggling

Juggling is an art.  And it’s fascinating to watch.

My role in ministry is a constant juggle.  There are always projects, special events, team building, volunteer recruiting, personnel conversations,  refining conversations, encouraging conversations, “I’m frustrated!” conversations, etc, etc,etc.  The plate is always full.

Should it always be this way?  Great question.  This is all I’ve ever known, so I’m going to say, “Yes!”  The trick to navigating all of it is in the juggling.

Here are 3 things I do to juggle well.

  1. Juggle the tough stuff first.  Although it seems to make sense that you would pick up the smaller balls and juggle them first.  Maybe warm up and get your bearings.  That may be true in real life juggling but in juggling ministry work… pick up your big clubs first.  These are your “hard conversations”; your creative, out-of-the-box strategizing; your “Big Rock” tasks that move your ministry forward.
  2. Don’t worry about what you can’t juggle.  If you start with the Big Rocks then it’s easy to see you won’t be able to juggle the smaller, more immediate, you-don’t-understand-the-weekend-is-coming kind of tasks.  But you’ll find that there is always someone looking to jump in and help you with these tasks.  There is someone that will see that ‘ball’ lying on the ground and ask  the question, “Why is that ball on the ground?  Why isn’t someone juggling it?”  To which you can reply, “It’s waiting for you!”  🙂  A task left undone reveals a need.  A project left unmanned reveals a leadership void.  Look for someone around you to empower to lead these projects.  You never know where that could lead.
  3. Pick it up again.  Every juggler drops an item.  It happens.  They just pick it up and start juggling again.  So many times i set myself up to believe that I can’t afford to drop a ball.  Then I do.  And you know what I’ve learned?  The world did not come to an end!  The church didn’t implode and my ministry didn’t fly off the rails!  I just dropped a ball.  So I learn to apologize… sincerely.  I pick it up.  And begin juggling again.
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  1. Gina, I truly believe we will always full plates as well, and yes, I do think that we all will drop the ball sometimes. Another way I’ve heard it is that some of the balls we juggle are rubber and will bounce back if we drop them. They are the things we can pick back up again later. Others are glass and will break if we don’t keep them a priority (family, for example). Those are the ones that once they are gone, we cannot get back. Great stuff!

  2. Gina, this is such a great post. And my favorite is your #1…mostly because my natural tendency is to put off the big things so I can get tons of little items done. This makes me feel more accomplished than I really am at the end of the day. Thanks for the reminder my friend. God bless.

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