I am writing this on the train to Berlin, where I will meet face to face with other YWAM KB editors to chat, think, pray and work hard on the KB. We had a lot of fun last year at our Sprint and I am looking forward to this coming meeting very much.
Finding time to work on the KB has been exceptionally difficult for most of us recently. The top five editors have been marrying off children, changing nappies on children (different editor’s kids!), taking exams, fixing their computers, running YWAM bases and generally handling Real Life! When I talk to other YWAMers I know this to be true too.
I think the reality is that most of us are overworked and under-resourced. This makes taking time to write and in doing so to pass on to others vital help a lower priority than we would wish.
I recall the Eisenhower Matrix, that Covey made use of in his Seven Habit’s book and how the Important but NON-Urgent tasks are so easily squeezed out by Important (and Not-Important) Urgent tasks. Reclaiming this time, or taming it and diminishing the Urgent takes plenty of thought and delegation to others. Good delegation requires training. Where might we get the training? On the KnowledgeBase!
So can I urge you to break out of this treadmill! Consider how to delegate and when you train and develop others (to reduce the time pressure on yourself) why not prepare that material and place it on the KB? Remember you don’t have to produce a finished article – even rough notes are better than nothing (see a lot of my contributions!)
Why not drop by the YWAMKB Sprint pages this week or catch up with us as a virtual participant around 4pm (GMT+2) on Skype (kevincolyerwork). Even a simple “I would like…” comment can help us a lot! Please keep your eyes peeled and I hope we all will rise above the tyranny of the urgent (me especially!).
One thing you could do that would be simple is to help us out by answering the questions below over the next 24 hours.
Quick survey for YWAMKB Sprint 2010
- What are the top 3 best things about the KB?
- What 3 things could be improved? (Any suggestions of how welcome)
- What articles do you miss?
- What is the harshest criticism you would make of the YWAMKB? (Please be frank if you have some negative concerns!)
- Do you have an endorsement that we could use (please give name and role!) or a positive comment for us?
- Anything else?
Please FORWARD your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Replying might send your comments to everyone on the mailing list!