Happy Thursday stewards!
Well, I’m on the road this week, doing some work and visiting friends in California. So, I’ll keep the introduction brief. But there are a lot of interesting links in this week’s Roundup, so make sure you scroll to the bottom.
I’ve started a new feature where I summarize the best ideas from popular productivity books, then seek to examine and apply them through a Christian lens. The plan is to slowly build a library of these articles.
The first book to get the Redeeming Productivity treatment is Deep Work by Cal Newport.
You can read the full summary and notes or listen to this week’s podcast where I talk about some of the highlights.
Alright, let’s get into the Roundup!
✨ Redeeming Productivity
✍ ️Deep Work Book Summary and Notes (4 mins)
Cal Newport’s book, Deep Work, is a modern productivity classic. How can Christians take and apply the principles of deep work to rise above the distractions that surround us, live more God-glorifying lives, and better serve
🎙 A Christian’s Thoughts on Deep Work (34 mins)
Cal Newport’s book, Deep Work, is a modern productivity classic. How can Christians take and apply the principles of deep work to rise above the distractions that surround us, live more God-glorifying lives, and better serve others?
Subscribe to the Redeeming Productivity Podcast
Laziness Ruins Happiness (9 mins)
“When Scripture commands us to ‘be all the more diligent’ (2 Peter 1:10), God is calling us to work hard toward the right ends (growing in godliness), in the right ways (what God commands), for the right reasons (love). The more this kind of diligence becomes characteristic of us, the more we become like Jesus”
(Jon Bloom / Desiring God)
Slackers of the World, Unite! (20 mins)
An interesting piece on how Slack and other teamchat applications have fundamentally changed the workplace.
“Whether Slack is better or worse than email, good or bad for workers and bosses, liberating or oppressive or dangerous or delightful or all or none of those things, it’s here.”
(Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic)
Busyness is Not the Root Problem (4 mins)
“One notable development in the publishing world over the past several years is the influx of books on busyness, often portrayed as a problem. Authors are trying to remedy overwhelmed readers. But busyness is not the root issue.”
(David Qaoud / Gospel Relevance)
How to Prepare for the Metaverse (7 mins)
We’re starting to hear the term “metaverse” everywhere. This is a really helpful breakdown of what the metaverse is and how Christians should prepare for it.
“Thankfully, the metaverse is still five to 10 years away. We can anticipate coming changes and prepare disciples of Jesus to live as faithful witnesses in that future world. Here are three themes we should start emphasizing today, so we can form resilient disciples of tomorrow.”
(Ian Harber & Patrick Miller / The Gospel Coalition)
Get the most out of what you read with Daniel Doyon, co-founder of Readwise (21 mins)
Readwise is a funny app to try and explain, but it’s one I use every day. I enjoyed this interview with one of the co-founders of Readwise.
“Readwise is software that helps you get a higher return on time invested in reading by helping you gather all your annotations into one place, and then making it easy to consistently review those notes and highlights. That second part sounds mundane, but it’s where the magic is found.”
(Anne-Laure Le Cunff / Ness Labs)
🌄 Create Your Christian Morning Routine
If your goal is to become more productive, the best place to start is by assessing your morning routine. I created POWER Mornings to help Christians get a handle on creating a Christ-honoring plan for beginning the day.
⌛️That’s All for this Week
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