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Don’t Regret It Just Because It Was Hard

Published 4 months ago • 3 min read

Issue #137

Your weekly roundup of insights and resources to help you on your journey to becoming a more productive Christian.

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In Today’s Issue:

  • Don’t Regret It Just Because It Was Hard
  • You’re not uncreative; you’re overwhelmed
  • John MacArthur’s 9 Tips on Self-Discipline
  • The Unlikely Success of Obsidian
  • C.R. Wiley’s Thoughts on Duty

Dear steward,

Apologies for missing last week's newsletter. But it was for a very good reason.

We decided to do one final push to get moved into the house and...

Last night was our first sleeping in the new house!

There’s still a lot of unpacking to do, but it feels good to finally be living in the home we’ve been renovating for over a year.

Renovating this house has been a long and exhausting experience. I did most of the work myself (thanks, YouTube), and there were many lonely nights spent half hammering nails and half beating myself up for taking it on.

In today’s essay, I share some thoughts on difficult projects that the Lord has taught me through this experience. I hope they might be encouraging to you.

Three Encouragements for Difficult Projects

Here are some principles to consider when tempted to despair in the midst of long, challenging projects.

Reagan’s Roundup

You’re not lacking creativity, you’re overwhelmed (5 mins)

Jorge Medina

Every minute on the internet:

  • 167M videos are watched on Tiktok
  • 1.7M posts are shared on Facebook
  • 5.9M things are searched on Google
  • 65k photos are shared on Instagram
  • 3.7M videos are watched on Youtube
  • 2.4M messages are sent on Snapchat

The volume of information coming at us is unprecedented in human history. Jorge suggests that one way to deal with this overwhelm is to create a curation system, and he explains exactly how.

One thing I would add is you also have to find some ways to turn down the information spigot as well. You've got to manage your information diet.

John MacArthur’s 9 Tips on Self-Discipline (3 mins)

Jordan Standridge / The Cripplegate

Here’s an oldie but a goody. Here are the 9 tips below. Click through for the full explanation of each.

  1. Get yourself organized
  2. Don’t constantly seek to be entertained
  3. Be on time
  4. Keep your word
  5. Do the most difficult tasks first
  6. Finish what you start
  7. Accept correction
  8. Practice self-denial
  9. Welcome responsibility

The cult of Obsidian: Why people are obsessed with the note-taking app (7 mins)

Jared Newman / Fast Company

With how many options there are for note-taking apps these days, it’s surprising to see the success of such a seemingly unlikely candidate.

Built more like an app for writing code than a notebook, the highly extensible note-taking app Obsidian has exploded in popularity in recent years.

I enjoyed this dive into why Obsidian has become so popular.

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Quote of the Week

Duty impresses a structured hierarchy onto our lives. Duty never says, “You be you,” or “Go ahead and do what makes you happy.” Duty says, “This is who you are; do what is required.”

C.R. Wiley, The Household and the War for the Cosmos: Recovering a Christian Vision for the Family

Final Word

That's all for this week.

Thanks so much for reading!

For His glory,

Reagan Rose

P.S. I'd love to hear from you. Just hit reply to let me know what you thought of this week's newsletter, share link ideas for future issues, or just say hello!


Reagan Rose

I talk about personal productivity from a Christian perspective. Creator of ​Redeeming Productivity​.


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