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Productivity and Time Management

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Theology (& Church History)

The Christian Life

Best Task Management Tool:

For Individuals: Todoist

As productivity guru David Allen says, your brain is for having ideas, not storing them! Therefore, in order to keep track of everything I have to get done, I have found an external task management system absolutely indispensable. I’ve tried a TON of different task managers, but Todoist has been my favorite for a while now.

For Teams: Asana

While it’s possible to use Todoist for team stuff, I prefer Asana. We used it at my previous church to run the youth ministry, and I currently use Asana to keep in sync with my Ph.D. supervisor. Try it out!

Best Notebook/Journal/Planner: Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook – Dotted Pages

I use this notebook for a personal combination of the Bullet Journal method, Morning Pages journaling, and the 5-Minute Journal. It’s a step up, paper-wise from a Moleskine, yet still affordable – and I love the Medium/A5 size. Currently, I’m on my third one, which is “anthracite gray.” The first two were black, then navy blue. I prefer dotted pages, but they also have ruled and blank page options.

Best Password Manager: LastPass

In case you don’t already have and use a password manager, you should really really get one. But don’t just take my word for it, here’s an informative piece from Wired about why you need a password manager.

I started using LastPass a couple years back, and I haven’t looked back. My wife and I both share a premium account – installed on our internet browsers and phones.

Best Digital Note-taking Tool/File folder/Second Brain: Evernote

I use Evernote primarily as my all-in-one digital file-cabinet – my “second brain,” as the company itself calls it. I’ve been paying for a premium subscription for a while now, but the free version is quite robust and worth checking out. As far as organizing my Evernotes goes, I’m currently using Michael Hyatt’s tag-based system, although I started off just using notebooks and stacks of notebooks.

Best Tool for Learning/Memory: Anki (Flashcard Software)

This is the tool I wish I knew about back in high school. Spaced repetition is a key to successful and time-efficient learning. And Anki bakes spaced repetition into flashcard reviews. I started using Anki, on the recommendation of Gabriel Wyner’s Fluent Forever, to learn German for my PhPh.D.rogram. However, the uses of Anki are virtually endless when it comes to learning. Granted, the learning curve is a bit steep (more accurately: shallow), but check out Wyner’s guide to using Anki as a way of getting started.

For a more comprehensive Anki tutorial that’s not just geared to the use case of language learning, check out Improveism’s How to Use Anki: Anki Tutorial for Beginners.

(Note: as I mention in my list of favorite podcasts, Coffee Break German and Radio Lingua’s other Coffee Break language courses are also great language-learning tools!)