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How to Have Your Best Year Ever

Published 3 months ago • 4 min read

Issue #141

Your weekly roundup of insights and resources to help you become a more productive Christian.

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In Today’s Issue:

  • How to Have Your Best Year Ever
  • Successful but Worthless Husbands
  • A Getting Things Done Manifesto
  • Podcast: Fruitful Living
  • Quote: Spurgeon on Prayer & Time Management

Dear steward,

I'm in the thick of planning my 2024.

With the house renovation behind me and many big ideas for Redeeming Productivity ahead, I'm eager to start the new year on a sound footing.

I want to have the best year ever.

Now, that could mean a lot of different things to different people. But for believers, the definition of a great year is one in which we are faithful to what the Lord puts before us.

And that's what this week's video is all about: How to Have Your Best Year Ever.


Christianity vs. Everybody: Apologetics Conference

  • How could a good God allow evil?
  • Is the Bible homophobic?
  • Is Christ really the only way?

Whether you’re new to the faith or have been raised in Christianity your whole life, these questions have most likely crossed your mind, perhaps even creating serious doubts for yourself or someone you know.

If you want to deepen your own faith or help those who are struggling, we invite you to join us for our weekend seminar, “Christianity vs. Everybody,” hosted by Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

We’ll tackle these difficult questions, engage in helpful discussion, and also take time to have some fun together!

  • When: January 6, 2024 – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Who: Young adults (college & career)
  • Where: First Baptist Church of Troy, MI (2601 John R Rd, Troy, MI 48083)


The best links I found this week

The Successful and Worthless Husband (9 mins)

Marshall Segal / Desiring God

Godly men work hard, whatever work they do, as for their Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23). Christian men do their work with unusual excellence — and unusual gratitude.

I appreciated meditating on these five marks of a foolish husband:

  1. Strength Without Love
  2. Courage Without Wisdom
  3. Wealth Without Generosity
  4. Success Without Gratitude
  5. Hunger Without Self-Control

If we do not put Christ first, we may easily slip into using the tools of productivity to chase the wrong kind of success successfully. And in the final analysis, we may end up becoming failures in what counts.

The Cult of Done Manifesto (9 mins)

No Boilerplate

Try and ignore the off-putting title.

The Cult of Done Manifesto was written by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark in 2009 and lays out 13 simple principles for getting work done effectively.

The link above is to a video explaining each principle, but here they are in full:

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

I'm not sure I agree with every principle, but most are helpful reminders, especially when procrastinating. My favorites are numbers 2, 5, 6, 11, and 13.

Living a Fruitful Life (33 mins)

I was on the Christian and Missionary Alliance's EquippingU podcast last week, discussing how believers should think about personal productivity. We delve into a lot of practical tips as well.

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On Redeeming Productivity

How to Have Your Best Year Ever (10 mins)

A 5-step plan for having an incredible 2024.



Quote of the Week

"Do not be in a hurry. Make time for prayer, for this is the way to gain all the time you need.”

Charles Spurgeon


Thanks for reading!

One last thing...

At the end of each year, I host a free webinar on how to make a God-glorifying plan for the year to come.

This event is designed to help you:

  • Get clarity on your priorities
  • Set goals for the year to come
  • Create visibility on your schedule
  • And do it all with an eye toward honoring Christ

Plan Your 2024 for the Glory of God will be on December 15th at 12 p.m. EST. And it’s completely free to attend.

Spots are filling up fast. So don't wait to register. And even if you can't make it live, all registrants will be sent a recording and the workbook.

Register here.

Thanks! See you next week.

For His glory,

Reagan Rose

Reagan Rose

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

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