Hi there! I hope that you are all well,
According to a recent MIT study, a worker today needs to only put in 11 hours to match 40 hours of a worker from the 1950′s. We are by far more productive. This leaves us with apparently more time. More time to do what? To be unproductive. I remember spending the first year and a half as Rabbi of my synagogue – WSIS, thinking that I would be most productive spending time designing fliers. In hindsight I realize that I was totally wrong. Besides the fact that Rabbi’s aren’t usually trained for this stuff, and besides the fact that our judgment in art is no better than the average member of our synagogue – I could have used that time for so many more productive things. Make an accounting of everything that you do with your synagogue time (and have your co-workers do the same). Ask yourself – by doing x am I being most productive.
See you around,
Rabbi of West Side Institutional Synagogue - www.wsisny.org
Director of WINGS – A OU Synagogue Consulting Group – http://www.ou.org/synagogue_services/wings