I’m not gonna lie – I bought this book for myself and put it in my Christmas stocking.
I was making some purchases for others folks at Christmastime, and I saw this book linked and it got me hooked. I try to make it a practice to evaluate life and ministry at the end of every year and this book description really seemed to hit me where I was at the time. Tim Challies is a pastor and blogger. I have benefited from what I have read from him, but something about this book got me seriously intrigued.
His thesis for the book is:
Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.
For anyone who is wanting to get a greater control on his or her life, I wholeheartedly recommend this small book to you. While you could read it in one sitting, you simply cannot because it was constantly causing me to begin to implement changes. I would read a chapter and Challies would call for an action.
There were simply too many good ideas to say I would get to after I finished the entire book. I had to stop every few paragraphs to straighten some things up and clean some things out.
He said that if the principles are followed, this book can change your life. I have to admit: I like how it is changing mine.
I am still reorganizing many things due to his great insights, suggestions, and questions.
While he starts with the big picture about all of life bringing glory to God, he eventually moves to the very practical in showing how he has learned to be more productive. His insights on calendars, t0-do lists, mission statements, information collection, and productivity tips are so incredibly beneficial!
- Productivity – true productivity – will never be better or stronger than the foundation you build it upon (10).
- Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God (16).
- Jesus calls you to let your light shine before others, and this light is more like a dimmer switch than a simple on and off button (24).
- The first steps down that path of peace involved doing an audit of your life (27).
- What I have found very helpful is preparing a limited mission statement for each of my areas of responsibility (36).
- But as a Christian you know you can do things that do not perfectly fit your mission but still do them out of love for God and with a desire to glorify him (42).
- When it comes to productivity, your tools are able to compensate for many of your shortcomings and do things you do not want to do yourself (46).
- This principles extends to any area of life but is especially helpful in organizing your productivity system. Here it is: a home for everything, and like goes with like (49).
- Motivation gives the desire and energy to begin making changes in your life, but it cannot sustain them (79).
- If you plan nothing, it should come as no great surprise when you accomplish nothing (82).
- There is nothing on all this sinful planet that, when left on its own, gets more orderly (97).
I plan on sharing some more detailed changes I have made in the days to come in hope that it might create margin in your life in order to glorify God even more as you are freed up to do good to others.
Don’t try to do it all: Do more good. Better
I am no productivity guru. I am a writer, a church leader, a husband, and a father with many responsibilities and with new tasks coming at me all the time.
I wrote this short, fast-paced, practical guide to productivity to share what I have learned about getting things done in today’s digital world. Whether you are a student or a professional, a work-from-home dad or a stay-at-home mom, it will help you learn to structure your life to do the most good to the glory of God.
In Do More Better, you will learn: Common obstacles to productivity / The great purpose behind productivity / 3 essential tools for getting things done / The power of daily and weekly routines / And much more, including bonus material on taming your email and 20 tips I have learned along the way.
It really is possible to live a calm and orderly life, sure of your responsibilities and confident in your progress.
You can do more better.And I would love to help you get there.
Get copy on Amazon.