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I thought I would take some time to tell you just how great our God is and just how well he takes care of us. The house we have been living in for the last 17 months is going on the market to sale, so we have to move. We started look around for houses near where we currently live and in our current price range and the pickings are slim in those two areas. So as we looked we found a house that we really liked we had already filled out the applications and left them in the car, just in case we liked it. As we walked through the house I just kept feeling as if it was the house for us. After talking with my wife we decided to turn in the applications and see if we could get it. After handing the applications to the woman she said, I have a really good feeling about you guys and I think this is going to workout well when do you think you could come sign the paperwork and give the deposit. My wife and I were taken back; we didn’t know what to say after discussing it for a few we decided on that Saturday. Well that Saturday we signed the paper work and got the keys to the house. While doing the walk through we noticed some stuff in the rafters of the garage and the landlord said that he didn’t know what was there but that we should just pull it down and throw it away if we didn’t want it.
Now for the last 3 years my teen daughter has wanted a loft bed you know one of those beds with the desk under the bed to save room in her bedroom. We have looked and looked but we have never found one that she liked that we could afford. So I told her to pray and tell God what she wanted and God would proved the bed if he thought she should have one. Well up to this point God has not given her one.
As we started to move into the house I thought that I had better clean out the rafters so that we can store all our junk up there. I climbed the latter and started pulling stuff down the further I dug the more stuff I found then I came across this big metal thing I pulled it down and found another metal thing under it, then another. I could not believe what I was pulling down; yep it was a loft bed complete with desk and CD rack. I climbed down the later ad just looked at it I could not believe what I was seeing here in my new garage was the loft bed my daughter had been praying about for 3 years. My wife and I were both smiling ear to ear and she said I guess this was the house God wanted us to have. I called my daughter and said do you still want a loft bed she said yes so I told her to look in the garage and see is that one would work.
God is so good to us he gives us the small things we ask for in ways that we would never expect just to show us he can. I some ways I feel like he said yes this is the house for you oh and by the way well done here is a little blessing for you.
God is Good
As I stated in my last post developing a GTD system that works for you is the key I am convinced after studding GTD and those that use it over the last year or so that no two people do it the same way and that my friend is the beauty of the system. I am going to walk you through the steps I have taken over the last year to get to the system I have to day which I think functions very well for me right now but first a plug for David Allen and his staff. As I said I went to a free 1 hour seminar given by David Allen at the CSUCI School of Business in Camarillo, CA that peaked my interest prompted me to get the book from the library. After reading the book and beginning to implement the GTD methodology I went to one of the David Allen GTD Mastering Workflow seminars in LA and that is where I really got a firm grasp of what GTD really is. If I could give you two pieces of advice when it comes to GTD it would be A) go to a seminar and B) just get started. The seminar is well worth your time and money it was very practical and it’s taught by people that live GTD everyday of their lives. If you are serous about getting started with GTD it is well worth the time and money to go to one of their training sessions. As for just getting started I found the best way to get started is just to start.
As I think back now I really got started after the first time I heard David at the college, that very next day when I got into the office and cleaned up my email inbox. I receive a fair amount of email everyday and like you some is important and some is not, the problem is up till I started using GTD they were always in the same place. I am not going to tell you where to start but let me say that getting my email under control was an amazing feeling and to have a system in place to be able to find what I need when I need it or to be able to look at what I want based on context not content was huge for me. Now to the nuts and bolts of how I set up my email system and in future blogs I will get into other areas of my GTD system. First let me tell you a little about my life and what I had to be able to overcome while implementing GTD. As I stated I am a Husband, Father, Youth Pastor, have my own PC support business and I’m the Information Technology manager for a software company. I have an office for work, one at home and one at the Church. I have a computer in each office and a Mac Book that I take every were I go and I use a BlackBerry Storm (I wish I had an iphone but I hate att), and I use Google apps for all my email needs. So the challenges were I needed to have my emails and list where ever I was, and I had to be able to review and add to those lists without some complicated system. As it worked out for me Google apps and Jott were the perfect fit
So here is how I set up my email system first thing I did was a forwarded all my email address to one account. Then I set up my email labels in my Gmail account
Then I created contacts based on those label names and a cool thing Google lets you do you can create an alias with your user name + whatever you want so for agendas the contact name is Agendas and the email address would be firstname.lastname@example.org I used a dot where Google says use a + so you can try it either way and see what works for you. I did this for all 12 of my groups. Then I created a filter that says if an email to email@example.com come in skip the inbox and apply label @ Agendas.
This does two things for me 1) I have a List to store all my Agendas on that I can move emails that I receive to and 2) now I can compose a new email to agendas with a subject of Jim and in the body of the email put whatever information I need to talk to him about and send it to myself and bam it’s on my list.
The next thing I did was set up the Gmail app on my Storm so that I can not only access my email from the storm but I can also access my entire set of list. So if I am out running errands I can open that list on my phone and see all that I need to pick up.
Finally I set up my Jott account with the same contacts and email address so I can then call my Jott account say agendas and send a message directly to the Agendas list without hassle.
Now I have all my list available to me were ever I am I can see them and update them easily and quickly.
I got this out of The Baptist Voice thought it was convicting
“CELL PHONE vs. BIBLE”
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
Makes you stop and think “where are my priorities?”
Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. And no dropped calls!
What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else, but what you are will be yours forever.
I got that from a tweet this morning, and it really provoked me to thought, you know the old saying you can’t take it with you is true. As a lost man I used to say he who dies with the most toys still dies and that is very true. We are not defined by what we own or how much money we make we are defined by who we are and what we do with what we have.
The Bible says in Proverbs Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked.
We often tend to look at the people of the world with all their toys and think man that person looks really happy. I think of the “Stars” that so many people look up to and it breaks my heart. Look at Elvis or more recently Michael Jackson those two men had or could have anything they wanted and they were miserable both men died of a drug overdose, why they were not happy. Happiness cannot be bought sure we will enjoy new toys for a while but if our lives and our happiness is based on what we have we will be no better off in the end the Michael Jackson or Elvis. You see both men are dead and at some point they will stand before God either at the Great White Thrown of Judgment or at the Judgment Seat of Christ and they will give an account for who they were as a person not what they had as possessions. You will not be buying you way out of that court case. So Don’t envy sinners and don’t feel that you are inadequate of you don’t drive a new car or own a boat or other cool toys remember.
The Bible says “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matt 6:19-21).
Be who God wants YOU to be and do what God wants YOU to do and some day you will have your “toys” and no one will ever be able to take them away.
I began using the GTD methodology in 2008 after going to see David Allen at CSUCI in Camarillo, CA David was kind enough to do a free 1 hours talk on Getting Things Done for the school of business. What he said made since to me. What he said was not anything new or out of this world it was just the practical way that he said it that clicked with me. The next day I checked out his book and read it in about 4 days it all made since to me. Now let me tell you before going to this event I was sure that I had early onset Alzheimer’s I could not remember anything and I mean anything, my wife would say don’t you remember this or that and I would stare at her thinking nope don’t remember that at all. I am a Husband, Father, Christian, Youth Pastor and Network Administrator for a software company. So needless to say like many of you I have way too many things going on to remember. After reading GTD and setting up a system that works for me, I can now stay on top of all my rolls in life and when I am not doing something I can know that I am not doing it with confidence that I am not forgetting it. Notice what I said in the last sentence “set up a system that works for me” that is the cool thing about GTD it’s not a rigid set of rules or an expensive piece of software that you have to spend hours to learn it’s a methodology that you can apply to any system whether it be paper based, software based or a combination of the two, it can be on your computer or in the cloud somewhere it’s up to you to figure out what works best for you. My goal is to write a few short articles about how I have set up GTD in my life and maybe it will help you set up a system that will help you Get Things Done in your life.
I started using evernote about a month ago its one of the best tools I have found on the web for orgizing notes. You want to get orginized and remember everything evernote is the way to go and the best part is its free. There is a Windows and Mac version avaiable plus you can use it on your smart phone (I have a Storm) its great. One of the best features is that you can take a picture of whatever and email it to your evernote account then you can search on words that are in the picture and it will find them man is that cool or what. Evernote is the way to go check it out at http://evernote.com/