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Note to self: Slow down. You’re missing so much.
“If your team is filled with people who work for the company, you’ll soon be defeated by tribes of people who work for the cause.”
Seth Godin — The Icarus Deception
Click to read this post by Mike Anderson on the BAJI blog.
Forget about an ideal week—I’ve never had one, but zoning your time definitely helps for organizing your projects and getting more done.
Productivity geeks often talk about enforcing an ideal week. If your projects have people involved in them, your week is probably less than ideal. Complicated deadlines, last minute changes, emergency meetings… If you’re going to carry a heavy load at work, love your family well, and stay healthy it’s going to take a strategy. If you take 5 minutes, I think it will be worth your time. Please share it with a friend if you find it helpful. Like City Zoning
There’s a reason that cities have zoning laws—they want their city to get the most value out of limited resources. Grouping factories and warehouses makes sense, high density residential and commercial is smart. Let’s apply that lesson to your calendar. Time Blocking
After you get done with this post write down all of your big responsibilities at home and at work and personally. Group them together by location, energy level, need for focus, etc… Get those groups on the calendar—you can see that the way I do it is that I set themes for the whole work day. It helps to make sure that when I need to focus for a long period of time, I can do it without getting interrupted by meetings. Rhythm
By blocking large blocks of times for different genres of task it lets you set up a weekly rhythm that is manageable and can let you keep your energy level high. Bring form to the chaos
When your project load gets huge or you’re in a particularly energy intensive season at home it can feel like life is absolute chaos. Zoning out your time helps to feel a regained sense of control. Prepared for your blocking to fail
Time blocking is good because it makes sure that you have time to take care of emergencies when they come up you have time to deal with it. After you’ve given it a shot, I’d love to hear how it goes."
When I was a kid my dad was a consultant for Apple. I’ve had an Apple computer for longer than I can remember.
Here I am in ‘85 or ‘86 cruising around on a Mac.
Here’s me on my first portable computer. Probably around ‘88 or ‘89. After my dad upgraded to a PowerBook (probably around ‘91) he gave me this computer. I used to take it to school with me as a 2nd grader. It actually had a handle on it and you could carry it like a brief case.
Here I am at the hospital for my brother’s birth. This was Feb ‘90—I’m looking good in all white. I’ll bet money that I was playing Civilization in this picture.
Fast forward some years—my beautiful Jen. We met in 2003 and got married in 2007. I love this woman.
In 2008 I was given my dream job to serve at Mars Hill Church with social media and web strategy. This was one of my first ever meetings with the creative team. Since Jesus saved me, I’ve been eager to tell people about him.
Above is the Resurgence volunteer team hard at work. Getting to serve with these folks has been a privilege.
I can’t believe that I’ve been blessed to serve at Mars Hill. I’m thankful to have candid moments like these showing some of the things we’re working on with Pastor Mark to great men like CJ Mahaney, Brian Chappell, Danny Aiken, and others.
Here she is at our house last Christmas. In this picture she’s a couple months pregnant with our first baby.
Jen took a picture of me in the hospital as we waited for our first baby to be born. This is not a very flattering picture, but it’s funny to look at the similarity to the picture of me waiting for my little bro to be born.
Here we are in the hospital with our brand new baby Violet. Jen is so excited she’s texting every one she knows pictures of her.
Here’s baby Violet on mommy’s lap. I think she’s the cutest ever… you can read about Violet here.
I’m thankful for the tools that Steve Jobs made. I’m drafting a post with some deeper thoughts that should be on the Resurgence soon.
This short video draws you in and the narrator, Hans Rosling, uses infographics to show you how the world has changed in his life time.
If you like this video, I’d love if you shared it with someone.
A very interesting article in today’s NYT called “You Love Your iPhone, Literally“—here’s an excerpt.
“But most striking of all was the flurry of activation in the insular cortex of the brain [when presented with an iPhone], which is associated with feelings of love and compassion. The subjects’ brains responded to the sound of their phones as they would respond to the presence or proximity of a girlfriend, boyfriend or family member.
In short, the subjects didn’t demonstrate the classic brain-based signs of addiction. Instead, they loved their iPhones.”
“One of the great evils of idolatry is that if we idolize, we must also demonize” said Jonathan Edwards in his book ‘The Nature of True Virtue’.
When you love stuff, the stuff will take over. It will push things that really matter out. This is an important Sunday message to pay attention to what you love.