What theologian are you?

31 08 2007
You scored as Anselm, Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man’s primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read ‘Cur Deus Homo?’

Martin Luther
Friedrich Schleiermacher
John Calvin
Jonathan Edwards
Karl Barth
Charles Finney
Jürgen Moltmann
Paul Tillich

Which theologian are you?
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Is it possible to be MORE productive without any schedule?

20 08 2007

I’ve discovered (much to my frusteration) that I’m typically 5x more productive on a day with nothing on my schedule.  So slowly, persistently and silently I’ve been implementing this schedule-less lifestyle.  I don’t like to talk about it because most people jump to the conclusion that my motives are to be lazy, an anti-social jerk or someone a rebel who just won’t play by the rules to spite everyone.  Today I ran across this little tidbit from the blog of the founder of Netscape and many other successful ventures.  When I showed it to my wife she smiled and said, “that’s the way you live.”  “I know but I didn’t know you were could talk about it out loud.”

Here’s a snippit –

Let’s start with a bang: don’t keep a schedule.

He’s crazy, you say!

I’m totally serious. If you pull it off — and in many structured jobs, you simply can’t — this simple tip alone can make a huge difference in productivity.

By not keeping a schedule, I mean: refuse to commit to meetings, appointments, or activities at any set time in any future day.

As a result, you can always work on whatever is most important or most interesting, at any time.

Want to spend all day writing a research report? Do it!

Want to spend all day coding? Do it!

Want to spend all day at the cafe down the street reading a book on personal productivity? Do it!

When someone emails or calls to say, “Let’s meet on Tuesday at 3”, the appropriate response is: “I’m not keeping a schedule for 2007, so I can’t commit to that, but give me a call on Tuesday at 2:45 and if I’m available, I’ll meet with you.”

Or, if it’s important, say, “You know what, let’s meet right now.”

Clearly this only works if you can get away with it. If you have a structured job, a structured job environment, or you’re a CEO, it will be hard to pull off.

But if you can do it, it’s really liberating, and will lead to far higher productivity than almost any other tactic you can try.

This idea comes from a wonderful book called A Perfect Mess, which explains how not keeping a schedule has been key to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s success as a movie star, politician, and businessman over the last 20 years.

Want to meet with Arnold? Sure, drop on by. He’ll see you if he can. But you might want to call first. Sorry, he doesn’t schedule appointments in advance.

As a result, for 20 years he has been free to work on whatever is most important in his life at any time.

 Here’s his full post.

Yellowstone Adventure Pics

18 08 2007

Hello All,KidsTetons

On our way from Cincinnati (Fort Thomas, KY) to Seattle (Lakeside Bible Camp) we headed through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Here the pics of the adventure so far – Yellowstone Pics.