One thing I've noticed about us youth workers (and I admit there are exceptions) we are not the greatest administrators in the world, it is hard to be both, ''people' and 'paper' focussed at the same time. Ironically though, a goodly amount of admin' is required and I reckon most of us develop pragmatic ways of making stuff happen. All very well until you find yourself in a role like a Diocesan Youth Adviser (hypothetical example) and systems become really really important.
So, I'm declaring this 'Systems Summer' and thus getting to grips with the glaring holes in my knowledge as well as working out systems that allow planning, filing, tracking and retrieval, and all staying within my normal maxim of "work smarter not harder!"
This is also driven by the fact that we have SO little space at Church house and my little desk, one bookshelf and filing cabinet quickly become overwhelmed.
One thing I'm working on is the GTD system by David Allen. I'm also gleaning some knowledge from the excellent PastorHacks website and perusing this mahoosive list of 50 productivity sites usefully posted by Chris!
I also aim to become a JEDI master of Outlook as this is pivotal to reducing the amount of paper around the place. Watch this space ........... and if I lose my people focus feel free to hit me over the head with a rolled up copy of Youthwork magazine (but not the July one as that had loads of junk mail in and was quite heavy).