⏳RR #81: Open-Handed Planning

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Issue #81: Planning Like Paul, Good News for the Overwhelmed, GTD Flowchart, The Brevity of Life, How to Remember More, The Wisdom of Limits, and more.

Dear steward,

Are you feeling the September slump?

You’re invited to Your Post-Summer Productivity Reset next Friday, September 16th at 12 pm EDT.

In this free webinar, I’ll help you create a super actionable plan to finish 2022 strong.

What we’ll cover:

  • Recovering the right mindset for God-glorifying work
  • Resetting your spiritual disciplines
  • Getting clarity on your projects and goals

Click here to register.

Hope you can join us!

Planning Like Paul

Some Christians think that making plans for your life is the opposite of being Spirit-led.

They’ll chide you for:

  • Setting goals
  • Having ambition
  • Striving toward anything at all

They’ll tell you that if you make plans then you aren’t trusting God. What you really need to do is just let go and let God.

But is this the model of the Christian life that Scripture presents us with? Should we never make plans? Are goals simply a manifestation of a lack of faith?

No. Far from it, I will argue.

And this is no better evidenced than in the life of the apostle Paul.


The best links I found this week

Good News for the Overwhelmed (2 mins)

I think a lot of us are feeling the post-Summer overwhelm. Darryl offers some helpful reminders if you’re feeling overwhelmed heading into the Fall.

“I always feel overwhelmed at the beginning of the Fall. I love the summer pace. As a new ministry year begins, I feel intimidated at what lies ahead: fuller schedules, new initiatives, and more to do than I can possibly accomplish.”

(Darryl Dash / The Gospel Coalition Canada)

GTD Flowchart: Complete Guide for 2022 (9 mins)

A great breakdown of David Allen’s ubiquitous Getting Things Done system for managing tasks.


Wisdom and the Brevity of Life (51 mins)

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12) A few weeks ago I had the privilege of preaching Psalm 90.

(Reagan Rose / Harvest Bible Church)

The most successful people are always ‘sharpening their memory power,’ says brain expert—here’s how (3 mins)

Here’s an accessible overview of Tiago Forte’s “Second Brain” system for managing notetaking.

“I’ve found that the most successful people are always sharpening their memory power — so that their ideas become more concrete and new connections are easily revealed.”

P.S. We’re about to start reading Forte’s book, Building a Second Brain, in our Redeeming Productivity Academy book club next week. See the end of this email for how to join.

(Tiago Forte / CNBC)

The More We Limit Ourselves, the More Resourceful We Become (2 mins)

“You can use your constraints to drive creativity. You can embrace your limitations to foster skill development. The problem is rarely the opportunities we have, but how we use them.

(James Clear)


Thanks for reading!

Pray you have a blessed rest of your week!

Feel free to hit reply to this email just to say hi or to suggest resources for future Roundups

I’m on the road this morning coming back from an anniversary trip with my lovely wife (11 years!). So I may be a little slow getting back to your emails today.

In Christ,


P.S. Academy registration is still open!

Reagan Rose
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Take your productivity to the next level

Here are a few things happening in Redeeming Productivity Academy this month:

  • The Book Club is starting to read & discuss Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte next week
  • Q4 Quarterly planning workshop is in a couple of weeks. Members will be setting goals and getting accountability to reach them by the end of the year.
  • September Habit Challenge: Members are competing for the longest habit streak this month.

🎓 Redeeming Productivity Academy → Join the community of productivity-minded believers getting more done for the glory of God. Registration is now open.

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