david allen's new book: making it all work

December 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

David Allen, the author of Getting Things Done, released a new book today. It’s called Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.

From Amazon’s product description:

David Allen’s Getting Things Done hit a nerve and ignited a movement with businesses, students, soccer moms, and techies all the way from Silicon Valley to Europe and Asia.

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a novel review

December 30, 2008 | 4 Comments

At the beginning of 2008, I made one resolution. I was going to read more stories. I always wanted to have at least one work of fiction or a biography/memoir going. Pat me on the back, because I was successful.

With every visit to an online or virtual bookstore, I am overwhelmed with all that I want to read.… Read more

actiongear: review (and giveaway!)

December 30, 2008 | 9 Comments

I have written another guest post for MacSparky. It is a review of a task management app called ActionGear. If you are turned off by the complex feature set of Things or OmniFocus, then ActionGear might work for you.

The developer of ActionGear has graciously offered two free licenses for readers of Creativityist (and there is similar giveaway at MacSparky).… Read more

favorite books of 2008

December 29, 2008 | 2 Comments

I know we have a few days of ’08 left, but I don’t think I’m going to be finishing any more books this year. So…it’s time for post I always look forward to — my favorite books of 2008. (Previous years: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004)

It’s a good exercise to review my reading list.… Read more

a kiva christmas

December 24, 2008 | 5 Comments

When our oldest daughter turned five, we gave her money to loan on Kiva to begin teaching her about poverty and generosity. Her first loan was to a woman named Nkechi to help buy supplies for her paint shop in Nigeria.

That loan was repaid about a year ago, so last January, Macey got to use her gift again.… Read more

the incarnation continues

December 22, 2008 | 1 Comment

The paragraphs below come from an entry I posted earlier this month. These thought have been with me a lot this month, and with Christmas only a few days away, I’m dredging them back up for you…

What you believe about what is to come has to affect what you think of today, and even of yesterday.… Read more

into the parables

December 21, 2008 | 6 Comments

I’m excited to dig in to the parables after the first of the year. We are to beginning a study the parables in our Austin Mustard Seed gatherings.

Most teachings on the parables feel like they fall short to me. It doesn’t ring true to treat parables like one of Aesop’s Fable with a simple moral to be extracted.… Read more

private library

December 19, 2008 | 2 Comments

A few months ago, I posted about a writing house that author Michael Pollan had built for himself. Along the same lines comes this video of a Private Library designed and built for a writer on Long Island:

Private Library from A Space In Time on Vimeo.

By the way, I found this video via Tim Keel , and his thoughts about this space are worth reading.… Read more

review: curio by zengobi software

December 17, 2008 | 10 Comments

This is a guest post by Tom Borowski. Tom is the owner of macsteps, where you can find tutorials, reviews and tips for Mac OS X and Mac software. You can also follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/macsteps.

There’s something about note taking and data collection apps on the Mac that makes me want to have every one of them.… Read more

spirit led ecclesiology

December 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

In my church planting journey, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in at least four different church planting boot camps. They were put on by four different organizations, so I feel like I’ve been around the block a little.

This morning I finished listening to Spirit-Led Ecclesiology: Following the Spirit Through Church Planting.… Read more


December 15, 2008 | 3 Comments

I’ve never really jumped on the Seth Godin bandwagon. I read one of his books a few years ago, and though it was good, it seemed like a lot of common sense. Since then, I’ve just found plenty of other books that were worth my time.

But…I heard many positive remarks from friends about Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, so I decided to read it.… Read more

simple leadership

December 12, 2008 | 3 Comments

The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.
People will follow.”
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now this i didn’t expect

December 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

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start dates

December 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

For quite some time, I’ve had good intentions to write a post about trying to eliminate due dates from my task list, and only use start dates. My dream task list would be so short that it would only show the things I need to work on over the next few days, and due dates wouldn’t be necessary.… Read more

so simple, so accurate

December 9, 2008 | 4 Comments

A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to his religion before he explores it.” – Seth Godin in TribesRead more

three months in

December 9, 2008 | Leave a comment

It’s been about five months since we moved into our house in Austin, and about three months since we first started gathering people together to form Austin Mustard Seed. I’m often asked how things are going via email, iChat and phone calls, so I thought it would be good just wrap together some reflections on our time so far.… Read more

the best for last

December 8, 2008 | 4 Comments

Over the last few weeks, I read through The First Christmas, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. The book didn’t live up to some of the hopes I had for it, but the end brought an insight that made me glad I stuck with the book.

Borg and Crossan ended the book by looking ahead at the “end times”.… Read more

the flow state

December 1, 2008 | Leave a comment

I’m learning that I have two different operating modes when it come to productivity. The first is GTD — getting things done — mode. This happens when I am cranking through my tasks list, responding to emails or making calls. There is great satisfaction in seeing my to-do list dwindle, and I can feel stress lifting even as I am engaged in GTD mode.… Read more

new and improved ideas

December 1, 2008 | 4 Comments

From the How I Spent My Thanksgiving Break department comes a new blog design. The new look went live yesterday, though I still have a few tweaks to make here and there.

I’ve used the Thesis theme for a few different sites, but this is the most extensive reworking of it that I have done.… Read more

creative soundtrack

November 24, 2008 | 5 Comments

When I’m designing, I can listen to just about anything, whether it be a podcast or whatever music I’m in the mood for. If I’m doing just about anything else, the playlist is shorter. If I’m reading, writing, or just working through some ideas, I need to listen to music that doesn’t have any lyrics (unless they happen to be in Hopelandic).… Read more