Book #12: Do More Better

My husband recently read and recommended to me Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies. I am not a fan of “self-help” books, but I do like Challies, and Ben said it is worth the read. It’s a very short book but packed with practical information. Challies starts out with the big picture behind productivity: that our purpose is to effectively steward our “gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.” He looks at the struggles met when trying to be productive, as well as how to analyze your life to determine the appropriate ways and areas in which to be focus your productivity. Then he lays out very specific ways to do this through the use of task management, scheduling, and information tools. He walks the reader step-by-step through setting up different computer programs to use for these purposes and how to incorporate a workflow using these tools into your life. I found his suggestion of Todoist as a task management tool very helpful and use it now, though I didn’t adopt all of his suggestions. I did find helpful his overarching theme and reminders that we cannot be perfectly productive all the time and that interruptions will come. If you’re looking for a way to be more productive, whether you work, stay home, or are in school, this is an extremely practical place to start. It’s also a good motivation for everyone, even if you already have a system that works.

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