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Turn off social media notifications and remove infinite scroll apps, for starters. See [[201707271022]].

Jacob Trunnell, “Your Smartphone Costs A Lot More Than You Think It Does”

Rachael Starke, “From What Got Done to What God Did,” The Gospel Coalition (Jul 3, 2017)

Tiago Forte, “Getting Things Done + Personal Knowledge Management” (Mar 11, 2017)

Doug Toft, “Beyond Productivity Porn — Moving from Tips and Tricks to a Personal Knowledge Base”

Michael Hyatt, “5 Reasons You’re Still Procrastinating” (Jun 26, 2017)

When I ponder the importance of disciplined, orderly study, I am reminded of John “Rabbi” Duncan, a man who, though godly, never reached his potential as a theologian due to his inability to organize his pursuit of knowledge. In the introduction to Duncan’s brief biography, we learn that despite his great teaching ability, his failure to impose structure and exercise intentionality in his studies significantly limited his contribution to the Christian world.

These [teaching] endowments, however, were counteracted by certain weaknesses which hindered his usefulness. There was a lack of any plan in his acquisition of knowledge. He had a fatal tendency to miscellaneous. He was often carried away intellectually with some engrossing mental problem or absorbed spiritually with some enquiry into the state of his soul. Furthermore, he was utterly unmethodical in everything but the arrangement of his thoughts. The greatest defect of his character, however, was, as Dr. Moody Stuart points out, weakness of purpose. ‘You could not name any living man whom you could so easily turn aside in judgment from what he had approved, or in execution from what he had intended.’ This irregularity in work was fatal to his potential power as a professor and scholar. In this realm he was rather a great possibility than a great realization. (“Just a Talker”: Sayings of John (“Rabbi”) Duncan, xxix.)

Derek J. Brown, “Personal Organization for the Sake of Fruitful Ministry,” The Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry 4(2) (2014)

“Bookend Your Day” with Routines: Summary /

Summary of Brett McKay, “Bookend Your Day: The Power of Morning and Evening Routines,” at The Art of Manliness. See also video.

Why to Have Morning and Evening Routines

  • Ensures the really important things get done. Get it done before office work and an unpredictable day.
  • Gives you time to moonlight. Don’t quit your day job yet.
  • Reduces decision fatigue. Make positive behaviors and tasks routine.
  • Keeps you grounded. Stay sane knowing will happen at the beginning and end of the day.

How to Create Morning and Evening Routines

  • Look at your most important goals. Make related behaviors or habits a part of your morning and evening routines. Suggestion: Every evening, review the day and plan for tomorrow. Every morning, review plans and goals.
  • Write it down. Make firm the what and when.
  • Adapt your routines as your life changes. Routines become all the more important with the additions of school, career, and family.
  • Get inspired by great men. Pay attention in biographies to morning and evening routines.