The Things I Lost on My Vacation

A Leuctthurm 1917 notebook, 249 blank pages, hardcover, dotted, colored anthracite. A waistband travel wallet with elastic strap and all its contents: drivers license, debit card, and 100 Euro in cash. These are the things I lost on my vacation. The notebook is gone for good. I took it thinking I might set up my […]

Cal Newport’s Dismissal of Bullet Journaling Has Me Wondering

Cal Newport dropped Bullet Journaling after a month-long experiment because the system didn’t fit his expansive thinking on a daily basis. He summarizes: “The total amount of information I record, read, and regularly change to keep my energy focused productively is simply way too voluminous for me to tame with a single medium-size notebook and […]


Yesterday was my first day of work after five days off. I filled it with bullets related to the coming week, Advent, and January, and I spent hours anxious that none of the work was getting done well, or even that it was the right work to be doing. In short, I spent the day […]

Anxiety Is The Enemy of Collaboration

I have a retreat to lead this weekend. My monthly and daily logs are jammed with tasks related to it: order the supplies; plan the games; design the lessons; collect all the consent forms. I have five leaders coming on this retreat. Five. It’s an embarrassment of riches. And yet it took me until yesterday […]

This Productivity Hack Changed Everything!

The reason some things don’t get done is that I don’t want them to get done. They’re scrawled in my Bullet JournalBullet Journal, page after page. I’ve voice-dictated them as Google Now reminders. I’ve tapped them into Evernote. They’re still not done. There is no tool in the world, analog or digital, that can match […]

A Reminder Of The Beauty of Bullet Journaling

I was tickled to discover this weekend that my 14-year-old niece uses a Bullet Journal. We spent several minutes geeking out over our respective journal choices, logging systems, and even pens of choice. I’ve written about my Bullet Journal a bit here over the past four years. It is indispensable to my weekly work and […]


A lot of pastor work is project work: plan a retreat, prepare weekly worship, orchestrate a capital campaign, craft a safe child policy, and so on (A lot of pastor work, mostly the care part of the vocation, is decidedly un-project like, too). Projects are made up of tasks. You can Get Things Done by […]

A Longer Master Project List Is Not A Better Master Project List

A staple of Getting Things Done is the Master Project List, that compilation of everything you’re working on that requires multiple steps to complete. Planning the junior high lock-in belongs on the Master Project List, because it requires multiple tasks: designing the flyer, recruiting volunteers, building the schedule, and so on. I’ve maintained a Master Project […]