I joined Tim Challies “10 Days of Productivity Challenge” in January as a kind of jump start to the new year. It centered around the book Do More Better. I loved this short book. Chapter 1 was not about how to get more done, instead it was all about making sure you are doing the most important things. The point he makes in Chapter 1 is this, “Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.” (p.16) I appreciated how this foundational attitude set the tone for the entire book.
This book challenged me to use productivity software tools that I was unfamiliar with. Challies also did a great job of explaining how to use those tools in a very effective manner, with ideas I would never have come up with on my own. The Facebook page/support group is also a great resource. As a result I am now thoroughly hooked on Todoist and Evernote, in addition to Google calendar which I was already using. I now use these on a daily basis to keep my stupid crazy life of three part time jobs, grad school, personal life, and family under some semblance of order. I highly recommend it.