So I’ve run Timerecorder App on my phone for six months now and the graph below shows where my time has been spent.
In order from most time spent to least, the work of organisation and communication (which includes meetings) has taken 18% of my time, probably because I find it difficult and I’m not very good at it. Preparation for teaching and preaching then took 17%. Next comes visiting and counselling, at 10%, which I am delighted about. That’s a good amount of face to face time with people, most often with the bible open. Then teaching and fellowship take 8% each. That means that only 8% of my time is spent up front in public, including leading small groups. Public preaching or leading is only the tip of the iceberg. And 8% of time wth others (fellowship) is time building relationships with with church folk, without any real purpose (after church and at coffee morning or lunch club). 6% on study, conferences and blogging, 6% on school and 6% on occassional offices (mostly funerals). 4% has gone on developing vine workers. 3% on youth and children. 3% on extra parish (deanery and diocese). Then travel, spontaneous interuptions, acts of service, church government, buildings and finance, evangelism and outreach and prayer meetings take up the last 9%.
I believe this shows that I need to find a way of reducing organisation and communication (paperwork and meetings) and increasing prayer and deliberate teaching and training. How?