Category: Productivity

How I Use Evernote as a Prayer List

There are two things I’m relatively sure of: 1. Prayer is not my most natural spiritual discipline. Let’s be honest: according to 1 Corinthians 2, nothing spiritual comes naturally to us. But you get...

How Our Team Runs Our Weekly Meeting

Fellow productivity nerds, this one is for you. I love the nuts and bolts of how a meeting is constructed. I love putting together an agenda, checking off boxes, and seeing our team gel...

Do You Have Attention Residue?

I’m currently working through Cal Newport’s excellent book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. Fair warning: if you have a love for the Twitters and multitasking and the ability to...

This Season, Take Time to Wonder.

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, which typically means the official kickoff to the holiday season. Today, turkeys will be basted, football will be watched, and politics will be gingerly avoided. Tomorrow, alarms...

Why You Should Postpone Your Planning

Leaders plan stuff. It’s just what we do. We don’t stroll into an event or a calendar year unless we’re armed to the teeth with plans, contingency plans, emergency plans for our contingency plans,...

Systems > Intentions

In his iconic book on productivity, What’s Best Next, Matt Perman delivers the following bombshell: …systems trump intentions. You can have great intentions, but if your life is set up in a way that...

Seven Tips to Slay Your Inbox

I have long been a believer in Inbox Zero. It’s by no means a daily occurrence, but it’s a habit I try to keep as often as I can (normally I get there 4...

Don’t Hide Behind Efficiency

There are a lot of type-A, task-driven, calendar-oriented people who read this blog. I know this because (a) some of you have told me as much and (b) that tends to be the level...

How to Read More This Year

You can’t kick over a rock around these parts without seeing a recommendation for a book. I love suggesting new titles you may not have heard of, I love sharing top ten quotes from...

Lose The Snooze

For the last few weeks, I’ve been conducting a little experiment. And while I’m far from the point that I can definitively say¬†“this works,” I’m pretty convinced that it does. I’m talking, dear readers,...