To-Do List Tips

Get it Done - DONE

My to-do list and project management came crashing down last week. I thought I had a great system, when I realized that I not only was letting stuff 'fall through the cracks,' but that my to-do list made me feel heavy. Before, it made me feel light. I didn't have to fret or worry about missing something, because I would find it in my to-do list. For some reason, however, this wasn't working anymore. Did I need a new app? ... Continue Reading

How-To Send Your Emails to Evernote

When Evernote and Email Get Together

Evernote is an Inbox Hero! Over the past few months I've wrangled a number of different ways to bridge—connect—my email inboxes to Evernote. Since I get many emails that need to be transformed into blog posts, or at least I would like to, they usually end-up sitting in my inbox and leaving a big mess. There was a time that I would file them into “To Write,” but that just ended up being another trash can for my email. I tried a few email clients that had Evernote add-ons, but wasn't there a ... Continue Reading

LEGO Calendar to Sync with iCal and Google

Bit Planner LEGO Cal 5

This is one of those “shut-up-and-take-my-money” moments. This LEGO calendar can sync with iCal and Google Calendar! Can you imagine this in an office? #EPIC! The London-based product design and invention studio Special Projects needed a better way to organize and schedule their team. So being an awesome product design and invention studio, they made their own. And here it is: ... Continue Reading

Big Plans on Small Budgets

big plans - and glasses

Before getting into full time ministry, I spent many years running a consulting firm tailored to small and medium sized businesses. It was a really rewarding time for me because I got to help people solve problems, but it also created tension because small and medium sized businesses have big plans on small budgets. Does that sound familiar? If you serve or work at a church that doesn't sit under the "Megachurch" banner then most of your tech projects probably require high dollar functionality ... Continue Reading

37signals Is Now Basecamp

37signals becomes basecamp

Today marks the 15th year 37signals has been in business. It also marks the last day 37signals will exist. 37signals has announced that they will be retiring the 37signals name and consolidating all of their products under one brand — Basecamp. If you thought Basecamp was great, you can guarantee that it will only get better as they mount laser precision focus on an already outstanding product: ... Continue Reading

A Conference Call In Real Life [Video]

A Conference Call in Real Life Video

When I saw the title of this new Tripp & Tyler video, I had to watch it. Not just because it was Tripp & Tyler, although that's reason enough, but because I've been on enough conference calls to know that this was going to be #EPIC. And it was. Enjoy: ... Continue Reading

Overlooking Potentional Church Volunteers

church volunteer team members unboxing

Church A/V teams, tech teams, praise and worship, and even the Sunday school program, all need volunteers. While most recruitment techniques involve announcements from the pulpit or setting-up a table in the back of the church, the most effective means of garnering help is through one-on-one relationships. It’s far more effective for someone on the church tech team to invite someone they know from their Bible study to join, than it is for the Pastor to announce to the congregation that if ... Continue Reading

Stuff Church Techies Say: I’m Too Busy To Dream Big

Stuff Church Techies Say Quote - details of big picture

Have you heard this one before? "I have so much going on with fixing broken computers, doing training for staff, working with scheduling conflicts for the sunday service with the volunteers, ensuring that we have the microphones working with full batteries, ensuring that the website is running well, and ten other things, I cannot possibly worry about "dreaming big." It's just not a luxury I have." Another version of this fear to dream big might sound something like this. "I could do X, Y, or ... Continue Reading

Stuff Church Techie’s Say… “I’ll Do It Sunday Morning”

If you have any investment in ministry with a church or non-profit, regardless if you are paid staff or a volunteer, you understand what it means to be busy. As a church techie, this busyness can be a huge issue if the very limited resource of time is not held with proper boundaries. If you ever worked for more than nine months on the church's soundboard, video team, or presentation team, you more than likely have stated ,"I'll just do it Sunday morning." ... Continue Reading

Kill the Multitasking Monster

Multitasking-Monster

This is how I've always felt about multitasking. It's evil. An old co-worker of mine once called it, "Double-tasking." That really puts multi-tasking into perspective. Do people really think they can do more than one thing at once and do it well? ... Continue Reading