Here we come to the final edition of Reagan's Roundup for 2021.
And I just want to say Thank you!
Thanks for reading, thanks for all of your kind notes, and thanks for seeking to steward your lives well for God's glory! Writing this newsletter is the highlight of my week and it's my prayer that it has served you well this year.
I'll be taking a break from the newsletter next week. But I look forward to being back in your inbox next year rounding up the best of what I can find to help you live a productive life for the glory of God.
By the way, if you want to go deeper with personal productivity from a Christian perspective, we are still enrolling for Redeeming Productivity Academy. You can try the membership free for the next two weeks.
It's the coolest group of productivity-minded Christians on the web 😎
Alright, let's get into the Roundup!
✨ New on Redeeming Productivity
🎙 Reflecting on 2021 & Planning for 2022 (27 mins)
In this final episode of the year, I share some of the productivity techniques and habits I tried in 2021 and what I learned from them. I talk about my experience using a dumb phone, why I’m quitting Roam Research, and some of the habits and goals I’ve set for the new year.
Subscribe to the Redeeming Productivity Podcast
How to Plan for a New Year (5 mins)
"Instead of seeing January as a month to dread because of the cold, I began to love January because it signifies a new beginning and the perfect time to make goals and personal life adjustments.”
(David Qaoud / Gospel Relevance)
Ready to Try Scripture Writing? (10 mins)
"Since 2018, I’ve been reading the Bible daily without fail, and I can give credit to one simple thing that has made this change possible. Scripture writing has utterly transformed my spiritual life (no exaggeration), my mornings, and my Bible time."
(Rebekah Matt / Great and Noble Tasks)
"Whether you are a light reader or completely obsessed, this 2022 Christian Reading Challenge is designed to help you read more and to broaden the scope of your reading."
"I’ve adopted a process of writing short memos to myself. Each short memo has a consistent outline and captures a specific thought. The goal of each memo is to come to a quick conclusion on a topic before using the conclusion to connect to the next topic. I try to keep them to no more than 200 words of my own writing."
(Josh Ginter / The Sweet Setup)
"When is it ok to ask for a raise? Is there a biblical way to think through asking for a raise?"
(Courtney Powell / The Gospel Coalition)
My friend Miska created this awesome Bible reading list/chart/plan for his church in Finland and you download it as a free PDF.
(Nordic Preacher / Miska Wilhelmsson)
👍 Something I Like
"Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it." – Jonathan Edwards, Resolution #4
Can you imagine writing something like that at just 19 years old?
That's just what the American Puritan minister Jonathan Edwards did. That, along with 69 other resolutions, served as the guiding principals for his life and ministry. This was a man fully dedicated to living a productive life for the glory of God. That's why I'm excited about my friend Matthew Everhard's newest book.
Holy Living: Jonathan Edwards’s Seventy Resolutions for Living the Christian Life does a deep dive into the "resolutions" that guided Jonathan Edwards' life. Everhard shows how Christians today can take inspiration from these aphorisms and their call to live a more holy life.
If you want to know more about the author, I had him on the podcast last year: Ep. 55 - Bible Notetaking Systems with Matthew Everhard.
⌛️That’s All for this Week
Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
See you in 2022.