Warp Speed!

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That’s how I feel about the next 90 days. This week starts the first of three National Youth Worker Conventions. For me, it’s a huge honor to be able to go to the three U.S. conventions and to play such a cool role. On site I am in charge of capturing the story of the convention for our internet audience, snapping a couple thousand pictures, filling a years worth of blog content, co-leading a seminar on social media and video, plus a whole littany of other normal stuff the whole staff does on site.

What this really means is that this is my busy season. Between now and the end of the year I’ll be gone about a week a month for work. Of course, while I’m gone doesn’t mean that regular work doesn’t get done, it just backlogs. And I stil need to use a weeks vacation in there. So the pattern is go away for about a week. Rest HARD on the travel day. Push through as much work as possible. Rest HARD some more. Get everything together to go back on the road. Repeat.

The point of this post isn’t to lament about the next 3 months of my life. Not at all. Trust me, I consider this insanity to be a blessing. I am thankful to God for the opportunity. The point of this post is to think about the question, “How do you find sanity when your life hits warp speed?

Here’s how I do it. I’d love to hear how others go through similar times.

1. Embrace some insanity. This might be super unhealthy, but when I’m on site at a convention, I focus on what needs to be done. If these trips were a sport I want to make sure I leave it all on the field.With thousands of attendees coming I want to do whatever I can to make their experience awesome.

2. Schedule rest when on the road. The attitude of #1 above will kill you if you aren’t disciplined. Last year, I was so wide-eyed about the whole thing that I barely slept, said yes to everything, and allowed my schedule to get out of control. This year I’ve blocked out times for meals, rest, and “me time.” I’m an introvert– this is for my sanity and everyone else’s safety.

3. Schedule rest when at home. I’ve gotten better about not working on weekends, I need to keep that pattern going through this busy time. I also need to look at holes in my schedule and stay home to work a bit during the week, leave early when possible, stuff like that.

4. Do fun stuff with the kids. My travel stuff is hard on the kids. Sure, they don’t express it. But I can tell when I come back that it hasn’t been easy without me. I’m cooking up some evil plans to spend time with them.

5. Accept that some stuff won’t get done on time. As much as it drives me insane to know that I need to do that, I just need to decide which things get done on time and which things are less important and get pushed off until later.

6. Take notes. My mind swells with ideas/thoughts/reflections during these times. This year, I’m going to capture so much more with Evernote on my iPhone.

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in Ahwahnee, California.

7 comments

  1. Adam,

    Thanks for sharing the insanity of your next few months. I know that I get exhausted after 1 week of the NYWC, and I’m only an attendee!!!

    I liked your honesty about the importance of scheduling rest when you are at home. I struggle with finding time to relax and not do work. It seems like my mind is always going or thinking about what I need to do and what didn’t get done in my ministry. Which leads me to my next comment…

    I loved the idea that you “accept that some stuff won’t get done on time.” This is something that I’ve been attempting to accept as of late! It’s tough to do because at times, I am a perfectionist, but I see the importance of it!

    Thanks for this post sir! I’ll be praying for you and your insane/probably awesome next few months!

    – paulg

  2. Good plan Adam…especially fun stuff with the kids! No doubt Kristen joins the fun, as well. I’d recommend the occasional round of golf as well…maybe when the kids are in school and Kristen’s working! Try to have fun during all the craziness! I suspect if you’re not having fun, you probably ain’t doing it right!

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