Welcome to Reagan’s Roundup, where every Friday I share links to things from around the web that I think you will find interesting or helpful in your journey to become a better steward of the life God has given you.
Happy New Year!
- This week on the blog: New Year, Same God. I also wrote a summary of Redeeming Productivity’s most popular posts and podcast episodes of 2019
- This week on the podcast: 10 Commandments for New Year’s Resolutions
Now, here are some other links from around the web:
“If you are not in vocational ministry, you still really should have Logos. It is easy to use, and will make your Bible study much more efficient.
“What I recommend for a bare-bones approach is getting Logos 8 for free, then spending $5 in their store and adding the ESV. If you want the MacArthur Study Bible notes, they sell those for $12. So for $17 you get the foundations of a library, Bible Dictionaries, the ESV, and the MSB.”
“What we do each morning in the first fifteen to thirty minutes of our day is doubly revealing: it reveals both where our treasures really lie, as well as the trajectory of desires and decisions that will direct the day and, over time, our life.”
You don’t have to look far to find studies confirming the benefits of using a second monitor with your computer. But if you have a Mac and an iPad, you already have dual monitors, even while traveling. But what’s the best way to extend your desktop onto your iPad? The Sweet Setup shares what app works best and how to get it set up.
“Writing out what you think and pray takes more time, but it reaps the most benefit. When you go back to what you wrote, you’ll have the opportunity to track your progress in the faith. You’ll see what Christ has been doing. You’ll be able to glorify Him for it.”
“‘I think the whole time I was pretty consumed by missing my phone,'” he says. ‘You realise how boring everything gets. When I’m bored I can just turn on YouTube or watch Netflix. What am I going to do, look at the stars and twiddle my thumbs?'”
If you bought into the whole “smart home” thing only to discover that not every gadget is compatible with Alexa, or Google Home, or Siri, then you’ll be glad to hear that the big tech companies have gotten together to form a new industry group. “Project Connected Home over IP” (CHIP) is being formed to finally make a standard for these types of devices. Hopefully, that means having a smart home might get a little less stupid.
“A good productivity method helps you tap into the relaxed-but-focused flow state and eliminate distractions from things like your cell phone or chores. By giving parameters for how you work, productivity methods turn ordinary tasks into a sort of structured game. You’ll tackle hard tasks but look forward to small, built-in rewards, creating a sort of Pavlovian work system.”