Challies: “I am not by nature an organized person”

In his latest post, How I Get Things Done, “iron-man” blogger Tim Challies declares,

I am not by nature an organized person!

Oh my goodness! OK, wait. So Tim Challies is not by nature an organized person, yet manages to be super-productive (at least from my vantage point). So using excellent technology tools must somehow make a person organized and productive, right? But like Tim, duh, I use technology too, ‘nough said. Thanks for sharing!

Actually, I often ask myself, with a mix of envy, admiration and exasperation, just how do folks like Challies get so much done? So I do appreciate the “insider’s” post about the secret technology that helps him with his productivity. But Tim, there’s more to it than that, right? If technology could make everyone as productive as you, well it would be worth buying it… all. But we all know that technology- in and of itself- doesn’t make the lazy guy stop being lazy, or the disorganized, unfocused person suddenly get on target.

So Tim, thanks for sharing the techno info, really, but puh-lease, let me/us know more about being organized from a heart perspective, brother. For I think that’s where the problem lies with most of us.

Have a blessed and productive day, my friend!

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2 responses to “Challies: “I am not by nature an organized person”

  1. So Tim, thanks for sharing the techno info, really, but puh-lease, let me/us know more about being organized from a heart perspective, brother. For I think that’s where the problem lies with most of us.

    I’d love to. But I’m not entirely sure what you’re asking. If you can clarify, I’d love to help as I’m able!

    • Alexander M. Jordan

      Hey Tim,

      Thanks for dropping by! I have the great honor of having you as my first official commenter on this new blog. Well, what I meant is that when I first saw the title of your post, “How I Get Things Done”, I hoped you might share a little about how you developed the obvious self-discipline that lies behind your organizational skills and your productivity. Because most of us don’t use our time as productively as we could or ought. Yet I see your consistent blogging and writing and recognize that you have many things going on, including kids, and I marvel at how you manage to stay on top of it all.

      I’m sure that effective time management and productivity partly derive from knowing your mission, and therefore being able to discern both long-term objectives and short-term goals. But, also, being able to rein in the flesh– to subdue our natural tendency towards sin as well as towards fleshly activity that is not necessarily sin– seems like it would be important. I see “getting things done” as bearing good fruit, which means it’s part of sanctification.

      The fact that you didn’t immediately get what I was asking inclines me to believe that perhaps God has been at work in your life in such a way that you’ve developed your discipline somewhat unconsciously? But anyway my point is that though certainly time management and technology can be a helpful aid, it must be that true fruitfulness flows from the inside out. Anyway, I do thank God for your example of productivity (and I think, spiritual fruitfulness) and I am challenged to do better.

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