Here’s the Template I Use to Take Notes on Books I Read

Developed from How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler. BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATA: Author(s): Editor(s): Translator(s): Title and subtitle: Title and subtitle of any larger work that contains the source: Pages: Volume: Issue: Edition: URL and date accessed: Publisher: Place: Date: INTERPRETATION: Kind of Book (Practical or theoretical?): Subject Matter: Problems Attempted to Solve: Summary…… Continue reading Here’s the Template I Use to Take Notes on Books I Read

Two More Pieces about Jordan Peterson

Previously, I catalogued a bunch of different takes on Jordan Peterson, before giving my own take. Since that post, two other pieces about Jordan Peterson have been written that I’d like to share. “Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy,” by Nellie Bowles (New York Times) Nellie Bowles writes Mr. Peterson, 55, a University of Toronto…… Continue reading Two More Pieces about Jordan Peterson

The Four Tendencies: 4 Ways You Can Play to Your Personality Strengths

In both my personal and coaching conversations recently, Gretchen Rubin’s personality framework called “The Four Tendencies” has really seemed to resonate with people. So, I thought I would take a few minutes to share it with you. Gretchen Rubin Explains the Four Tendencies First, here’s a six-minute video of Gretchen herself explaining the Four Tendencies…… Continue reading The Four Tendencies: 4 Ways You Can Play to Your Personality Strengths

What to make of Jordan Peterson? Some takes, then my own.

UPDATE: Read my post, “Two More Pieces about Jordan Peterson.” If I remember correctly, I first heard of and listened to Jordan Peterson on an episode of The Art of Manliness podcast. (Or perhaps it was this episode.) However, I could be mistaken, because Peterson’s been popping up in conversation all over the place in…… Continue reading What to make of Jordan Peterson? Some takes, then my own.

Do More Better: Tim Challies’ Excellent Little Book on Personal Productivity Could Change Your Life

Tim Challies begins his book, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity with a bold claim: “I believe this book can improve your life.” However, after reading the book, which is just 120 pages long including endnotes!, I believe that Challies makes good on his claim. As far as explicitly Christian approaches to personal…… Continue reading Do More Better: Tim Challies’ Excellent Little Book on Personal Productivity Could Change Your Life

I Need to Develop a Writing Habit. Do You?

Because good writing = good thinking, I believe that everyone could benefit from developing the habit of regular writing. However, because I Am a Ph.D. student about to begin work on his dissertation Edit a blog (Rookie Anglican) Write this personal blog I really need to develop the habit of regular writing. Up until now,…… Continue reading I Need to Develop a Writing Habit. Do You?

Getting back on the “Getting Things Done” Productivity Bandwagon

Getting Things Done (“GTD” for short) is a wildly popular personal productivity system invented and popularized by David Allen. However, as Nicole Dieker at Lifehacker pointed out in 2017, “You don’t hear a lot of people talk about the Getting Things Done productivity system anymore.” I think that’s a shame, because it’s a very effective system.…… Continue reading Getting back on the “Getting Things Done” Productivity Bandwagon

This One Simple Trick Helps Me Read Faster as a Ph.D. Student

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Reading is the closest thing that human beings have to a superpower. We can learn, from other minds, from other times, just by looking at symbols on a screen or a page. But, I mean, come on. Who has enough time to read? I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a stack of books…… Continue reading This One Simple Trick Helps Me Read Faster as a Ph.D. Student