⏳99% of Productivity is Prioritizing
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⏳99% of Productivity is Prioritizing

Issue #56: Doing More of the Right Stuff, The Wisdom of ‘Gurus,’ New iPad Air, Decision Panic, Review of Personal Knowledge Management Apps, and more.
⏳99% of Productivity is Prioritizing

Dear steward,

Most people think productivity means doing lots of things. As if busyness and productivity were synonyms.

But that is entirely untrue.

Nevertheless, it's easy to see how we can come to this mindset just by looking at the titles of popular productivity books:

  • The 4-Hour Workweek
  • Getting Things Done
  • 168 Hours

They can make it seem like productivity is all about getting as much stuff done in as little time possible. In this mindset, effectiveness takes a back seat to efficiency. The result is we become overscheduled, overcommitted, and overwhelmed.

This is the wrong way to think about productivity.

If we really want to get done the stuff that matters, we need to be more focused on our priorities than our productivity.

Doing more things is pointless if you aren't doing the right things.

It's good to be fast.

But even Usain Bolt will lose the race if he runs in the wrong direction. Likewise, productivity is important, but only as it's applied to the right priorities.

And for Christians, our priorities are laid out plainly for us in Scripture:

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." – Matthew 6:33

We need a "priorities over productivity" mindset.

When Christians adopt this mindset, we are instantly able to cut through distraction. When you tell yourself "Today, I'm putting God's kingdom first," suddenly you become less concerned about the typical interruptions, diversions, and worries.

You may get less done, but you will get more of the right things done, the right way, and for the right reasons.

Change your mindset from "productivity" to "priorities."

Give yourself a reminder. It's so easy to forget about what's most important. So why not write out Matthew 6:33 on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror, your computer monitor, or your car's steering wheel?

You'll find that when you daily realign your thinking with Christ and His kingdom, it becomes easier to say "no" to trivialities, you'll experience greater satisfaction in your work, and most importantly, you will be confident that you are bringing God more glory with your life.

In this age of unlimited options, endless distractions, and countless temptations, only those with crystal clear priorities will make progress on the things that matter most to God.

And here's the bonus: When you focus on your priorities, productivity follows naturally behind. Because clarity of purpose begets motivation.

So stop trying to do more stuff and instead start shifting your mindset from productivity to priorities. Because when you do, you'll begin experiencing the joy that comes from faithful stewardship.

Read this article on the blog.

✨ New on Redeeming Productivity

🎙Planning for a Productive Marriage with Scott Kedersha (55 mins)

In this episode, I’m joined by Scott Kedersha. Scott is the Marriage and Family Pastor at Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. He writes about dating, marriage, and family relationships at ScottKedersha.com, and is the author of Ready or Knot: 12 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have before Marriage. Our conversation is all about being intentional in the most important earthly relationship you have.

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🧑‍💻The Roundup

Looking for Wisdom Among the 'Christian' Gurus (6 mins)

Samuel D. nail it in this one. This is literally why I do what I do with Redeeming Productivity.

“For good or ill, Hollis, Peterson, and Ramsey are resonating with millions of people, many of whom are Christian, with messages of taking responsibility for life, letting go of shame and excuses, and believing that a better future is possible. Gurus exist to fill gaps—intellectual gaps, emotional gaps, spiritual gaps, etc. How they fill those gaps matters, but the gaps themselves matter too....

The ascent of gurus, especially ascent in Christian spaces, should not merely trigger polemics and dismissals, but serious self-examination as to how well our theology and institutions are speaking into these gaps, and to what extent the failure to speak into those gaps has created demand for biblically deficient gurus who can read the anxieties of the times better than many pastors.”

(Samuel D. James / Insights)

Which Personal Knowledge Management App is Right For You? (30 mins)

The last few years have gifted us a wonderful assortment of new note-taking apps. But with all the great options, it might be hard to decide which one is right for you. This is an in-depth comparison of Roam Research, Obsidian, and LogSeq. There’s even a quiz at the end that can help you determine which tool best suits you.

(Mike Schmitz / The Sweet Setup)

Hope for Gen-Z’s Decision Panic (4 mins)

The downside of getting to choose from countless career paths, places to live, and relational opportunities is the crushing weight of fearing you’ll make the wrong decision and have to live with the blame, regret, and consequences.”

(Aimee Joseph / The Gospel Coalition)

iPad Air 2022 Review: Refined Balance - MacStories (19 mins)

Here’s an extra-nerdy review of the new iPad Air.

“So when I received a review unit of the new iPad Air from Apple last week, I asked myself: could I use the iPad Air as my secondary iPad, replacing the iPad mini for reading, chatting on Twitter and Discord, and watching YouTube videos, plus doing the occasional note-taking and having a small extra monitor for Universal Control?”

(Federico Viticci / MacStories)

U.S. eliminates human controls requirement for fully automated vehicles (2 mins)

This is a big step forward for driverless cars in the United States.

“U.S. regulators on Thursday issued final rules eliminating the need for automated vehicle manufacturers to equip fully autonomous vehicles with manual driving controls to meet crash standards.”

(David Shepardson / Reuters)

🖋Quote of the Week

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– Ed Welch

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