Saturday, January 16, 2010

Time for a Change

My blogging endeavors will be moving to The name of my blog will also no longer be "Already and Not Yet" but simply "Los.".

See you there!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti-How To Help

A good way to help and donate money to the people and relief efforts in Haiti is to click the link on the right side of this screen. It is from Compassion International a great organization that helps children by getting them sponsors who through $38 a month help educate, provide medicine and above all hear about the love of Jesus.

They also help when natural disasters strike. Even $10 will go a long way to help these people. Maybe while you are there you can also think about sponsoring a kid, and changing a life forever.

Runway or Top-Down Matters for Production

Matt Perman, again offers some valuable lessons in how we should operate in business and yes in how we do ministry, practically speaking.

By the way, his blog, What's Best Next, is one well worth reading and subscribing to.

There are two main ways to put in place an approach for staying on top of things. First, you can start with the “runway” level — all the actions and stuff that lies right before you. Second, you can start at the top levels of mission, values, and goals.

The difficulty with the top down approach is that all of the things at the runway can easily keep bugging you and make it hard for you to see at that level.

But starting at the bottom is worse. If you tell yourself that getting all of your runway actions in order will allow you to work on up to the level of roles, goals, values, and mission, you’ll never make it.

It’s like a few months ago when I was jogging through a field of grasshoppers. When I went faster, there were just more grasshoppers to jump out.

That’s what happens if you focus on the runway level of actions and the stuff you need to process and try to work on up from there. The runway-level stuff will just multiply, and you’ll never rise much above it.

The best solution is to take a both/and approach. You have to deal with the stuff right before you, of course, and that will in turn provide good illumination on the nature of your roles and goals. But if you start there, don’t stay there too long. Go up to the higher levels and work down so that you will have your priorities defined, which will enable you to cut out a bunch of that stuff that’s been cluttering the runway anyway.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

How Much To Tip the Delivery Guy

This post from Matt Perman seemed appropriate as we get closer to the Super Bowl.

Via What's Best Next

I’ve never been clear on this — until now. Turns out there’s a whole website devoted to this issue.

My favorite page is what the tip is not. It is not:

  1. One dollar.
  2. Leftover coins.
  3. Saying how much you appreciate the pizza and the driver, but not giving a tip.
  4. Included in the bill.
  5. Included in the delivery charge.
  6. Included in free delivery.
What do you tip? The answer is here