The RPG Productivity Player’s Guide: What’s the Megaplot? Finding Goals in Life [Series]

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In this first episode of our RPG Productivity Player’s Guide, we'll start with the search for a megaplot. Every RPG has a megaplot, an overarching story that guides the game and determines the ultimate outcome. Games differ on how strict that plot is or how much leeway players have in creating their own story. In real life, it’s pretty much the same. I don't want to get morbid, but after you’ve died, people will tell the story of your life. What will they say your life was about? In other ... Continue Reading

Communicate & Organize Your Church with Slack

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A couple of months back I heard a podcast and they casually made reference to a new tool they were trying called Slack. They didn’t say much, but it basically sounded like Whatsapp for businesses. I didn’t think too much of what they said and carried on listening to the rest of the show. Then I noticed another podcast talking about it, next thing I know Slack is being mentioned everywhere and everyone who drops its name not only likes it, but absolutely loves it. What on earth could be so ... Continue Reading

The RPG Productivity Player’s Guide [Series]

The RPG Productivity Players Guide

The title of this new blog series seems to be a contradiction in termini, meaning there’s an inherent tension in the title itself. How can you possible equate playing RPG’s with productivity? It all depends on how you view productivity. To me, productivity doesn’t mean getting as much work done as possible. Or working the maximum amount of hours in a day. Or crossing off as many to do’s as you can. Productivity to me has everything to do with being effective and efficient. It means ... Continue Reading

How I Work: Chess Hoyle

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I'm a visual learner.  While I can stumble my way through learning something new on my own, I learn best by watching others work and figuring out why they do things the way they do.  In that spirit, we at ChurchMag thought it would be a good idea to let you peer into the work habits of some of our writers with the hope that you'll pick up some new ways to get things done. ... Continue Reading

6 Supercharging Pomodoro Techniques

6 Supercharging Pomodoro Techniques

There are many tricks we can use to help motivate ourselves to do tricky work, to stick to time limits and ensure we don’t fall into Parkinson’s law of spending too much time on a task as every task fills the time allotted to it. One of the best little tricks that can really help you to stay motivate, plow through difficult work and not keep working when you really shouldn’t is the pomodoro technique. It’s a really simple system you may already be familiar with, but today I want to cover a few ... Continue Reading

Todoist Eisenhower Productivity Quadrant Filters

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Dwight Eisenhower was a pretty impressive guy. A five-star General during World War 2 and the 34th president of the United States, it’s fair to say he knew a thing or two about getting things done. One of his greatest gifts to us mere mortals is this Productivity quadrant or decision making quadrant. ... Continue Reading

From Legal Pad to iPad: The Evernote To-Do List

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Lists are amazing. I love lists. Whether's Letterman's Top Ten List—Dave, you will be missed—or those stupid "list-idles" that are so popular on the web, I have a deep, abiding appreciation for lists. Especially when it comes to getting things done! I've blogged a lot over the years about apps and notebooks and various things that could possibly/maybe sorta/kinda help one get their tasks organized and, more importantly, done. However, nothing has really made the different for me. I tried ... Continue Reading

A Guide to Using Evernote in Worship Arts

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The Evernote app is almost always talked about in terms of productivity, organization and business. We seldom associate it with creative expression or the arts in the local church. That’s unfortunate because Evernote is a tremendous tool for becoming more effective in any type of work, including—perhaps especially—worship arts. The reason is that you cannot lead a successful worship arts ministry without a good measure of organization. Each week, worship leaders and arts pastors must juggle ... Continue Reading

My New Favorite Evernote Hack

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I love Evernote, but I'm usually so busy using it that I haven't had any time learning how to properly use it. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Fortunately, some of Evernote's features are so simple that even I have time to pick them up. Basically, I want a feature that I can immediately put to use in solving a problem or saving me time, and one of my biggest problems is keeping track of the writing projects I'm working on. Currently, my Evernote contains three or four of my books, all of my ChurchMag blog posts, ... Continue Reading

What’s the Best for Email? Computer, Tablet or Smartphone?

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Email is a growing problem for many people. As such it’s no surprise that there are a growing set of tools and tricks to help you manage your email better and get back to getting things done. But what is the best device for you to use to work through your emails? A computer, tablet or smartphone? Today I’m going to look at where each device excels and where they fall short. ... Continue Reading