Redeeming Productivity

The Power of a Weekly Plan

Published 5 months ago • 5 min read

Issue #149

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In Today’s Issue:

  • How to Plan Your Week
  • Should Christians be minimalists?
  • Planning & the Pastor's Wife
  • The 3–4 Hours Rule
  • Self-Discipline: The Neglected Fruit of the Spirit

Dear steward,

It's amazing to be living in an age when we have so many options available to us. Everything from clothes to education to toothpaste presents us with hundreds, if not thousands, of options.

But when you're trying to lead a God-honoring life, optionality can be paralyzing.

Even when it comes to what to do today, often, the possibilities are dizzying. You may have your to-do list, your calendar, and your projects all neat and organized, but what should you do first?

This is where I have been greatly helped by keeping a weekly schedule. I've mentioned this in passing in two recent videos, but I thought I'd explain a little more about how it works for you here.

Now, by weekly schedule, I'm not talking about a list of appointments; that's what my calendar is for. I mean a general plan for how I plan to divide up my time and attention on a normal week.

Here's what my weekly schedule looks like:

That may be hard to read, but here are a couple points of interest:

  • Every day has a theme (e.g., Tuesday, I write this newsletter, Wednesday, I record and edit videos)
  • I'm giving time to every domain of stewardship (that's what the color coding is indicating, time for family, work, health, etc.)
  • I have a bedtime (If you've never seen your sleep schedule on paper, you may not realize how inconsistent it is)

Obviously, every week doesn't go as planned. But having a definition of a "normal week" prevents you from coming to those paralyzing moments where you look at all you could be doing and ask yourself, "What should I do next?"

Just follow the schedule.

One of the nice features of the little Google sheet I made for this is that you can categorize how you spend your time, and it will automatically tally it up and give you a nice pie graph.

The point of this isn't to get you to make the pie perfectly even but to give you some visibility on where you might be spending too much or too little time.

If you're interested, you can duplicate a blank version of my template here (just click, "File -> Make a copy" to copy it to your own Google drive).

I also made a new course that goes really deep into how to optimize your week using this template and some other materials. It's called Optimize Your Week. And it covers:

  • Auditing your current schedule
  • Creating your ideal weekly schedule
  • Planning around your energy levels
  • Defending & modifying that schedule
  • And more

It also has loads of bonus videos where we explore example schedules for a pastor, homemaker, and student.

The course is already available to members of our Redeeming Productivity Academy (along with the rest of our courses) if you want to dive in that way.

But I decided to run a special offer for those of you who just want the course and not the whole academy.

You can grab lifetime access to this course for just $29 this week by using code “IDEALWEEK” at checkout. That's 38% off the regular price.

Learn more about Optimize Your Week here.

I hope you find it helpful.

Now, let's dive into this week's roundup of links!


On Redeeming Productivity

Should Christians be minimalists? (12 mins)

Interview on the Counter Culture Mom Show (27 mins)

I had the opportunity to be on The Counter Culture Mom Show with Tina Griffin last week, where we discussed habits and the Christian life.


The best links I found this week

Prayerful Planning and the Pastor’s Wife (5 mins)

Katie Faris / The Focused Pastor

There is some great advice in this one.

Lots of leaders plan intentionally, but for me, as a pastor’s wife, this means setting aside a longer chunk of time (about once a year) to pray and think strategically about priorities so that my calendar reflects them. Up close, this is what it looks like:

The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done (3 mins)

Oliver Burkeman

There aren’t many hard-and-fast rules of time management that apply to everyone, always, regardless of situation or personality (which is why I tend to emphasise general principles instead). But I think there might be one: you almost certainly can’t consistently do the kind of work that demands serious mental focus for more than about three or four hours a day.

This is such a helpful reminder. You might have 8 hours at your desk, but no one can do creative work for more than about 3–4 hours a day. Plan your days accordingly.

Self Discipline and the Christian: The Neglected Fruit of the Spirit (67 mins)

Peter Goeman / The Bible Sojourner

This was a great biblical and practical breakdown of the Bible’s teaching on self-discipline. I linked the video version above, but you can find the audio version here.

By the way, if you are a Reformed Dispensationalist like myself (please hold your fire), you’ll really enjoy the other episodes of The Bible Sojourner podcast as well. It’s a severely underrated show.


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Quote of the Week

The real measure of any time management technique is whether or not it helps you neglect the right things.

Oliver Burkeman


Thanks for reading!

That's all for this week.

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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