Back in the Saddle

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I know I’m not alone in this, but the past few years have been pretty rough for me.

Sure, some things have gone well. I’ve got a loving wife (who’s a superhero) and three healthy children. I’ve got a new career (as a software developer) that I very much enjoy. We’ve got a roof over our heads. I make more money now than I ever have.

But, overall, I definitely feel less focused and energized than I used to.

Do I have a sure solution or a grand commitment to make? No.

But I decided that I can at least start blogging about turning things around. I can write about my experiences as I try to get back into the personal development saddle.

As a first step, I need to get a better grip of everything I’ve got “in flight” at the moment. I’ve got far too many things bouncing around in my head, and I need to get them down on paper and/or a digital system to manage them.

So I’ve dusted-off my copy of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen. And I’ve started a “brain dump” in my main notebook (a Bullet Journal-like combination of journaling, to-dos, and notes).

Any other crestfallen personal development/productivity junkies out there? Let me know how it’s going!

By joshuapsteele

The Rev. Dev. I solve problems with a pastor's heart for people and a programmer's eye for detail. Learn more at


  1. Hey Josh,

    I wouldn’t say I’m in the exact same place as you, but definitely have had some similarities in my own journey. Completed an MA in theology back in 2016, was in ministry for a while; finally came to terms with the fact that academic theological work and ministerial work just weren’t right for me. I’m a data analyst now in a marketing firm (with some soft scripting/programming thrown in there) and I am also really enjoying it.

    One book I read recently that helped with a perspective shift was Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman. He was a former “productivity geek” who wrote this as a way to work out some of the issues he sees with productivity culture but also how we can still use our time here well. Recommended.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Chris! I’ve read some reviews and summaries of the Four Thousand Weeks book, but I think I need to sit down and read the thing. Blessings to you on your journey!

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