Productive Catholic » habits Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:23:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 011 PC Podcast: Productivity Templates from David Seah Sun, 22 May 2011 20:10:05 +0000 To leave feedback, or ask a question, please send me a voicemail at 714-643-5301.  You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes!

In this episode I talk about productivity templates that I use from a guy by the name of David Seah.  The great thing about the templates and the things that make them different is that they are focused mainly on taking care of only the most important things that you should be working on.

As a business owner, one of the most important things that you can do is to not let yourself get bogged down in the day-to-day operations of the business.  Of course, you need to know what’s going on, but you shouldn’t be the one doing the work.  The productivity templates that David has helps you to live this out. The templates are point-based, and fun little tools that itemize the most important tasks that you should be doing on a daily basis and helps to quantify how well you are doing them.

Personally, I have used his Concrete Goals Tracker for a while now and it has helped me tremendously to get my business off of the ground.  So I hope that you enjoy the templates and that they help you to meet the goals that you have set out.


I also talk about habits (not priestly habits), and how in order to have a working productivity system you need to develop the habits of actually using it.  It helps to have a system that you can access anywhere, but as long as you start writing things down and getting into the habit of keeping track of tasks, you’ll start to see yourself becoming more productive as time goes by!

Business Consulting: I’m available for one-on-one business consulting.  If you have a business and want to find ways to lower your expenses and maximize revenue with a virtual assistant or other technology, or if you are looking to start a business from scratch, I’d love to work with you.  You can email me at, or give me a call at 714-868-6745.

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The Most Important Part of Any Productivity Method Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:35:25 +0000 Productivity is not just about having a method.  Sure, there are a lot of systems that we can use out there that will help us to organize our thoughts and tasks, but the problem is that methods don’t do anything if you aren’t using them regularly.

Forming a Productive Habit

One thing that I really like about Leo Babauta’s Zen to Done method is that he focuses on humanity first.  We love to jump head long and full-force into a new idea, only to eventually crash and burn because your venture is not really a part of your every day life.

The most effective way to start anything is to take baby steps.  Zen to Done suggests that you first get into the habit of writing things down in a ubiquitous manner (that’s a fancy way of saying have a notebook that you can take with you anywhere!).  Don’t worry about classifying or prioritizing tasks, just worry about writing down everything that comes to mind.  When you’ve done that for a while, you’ll start to notice that you forget things less and that you are even less stressed because you unconsciously know that you’ve covered all of your bases.

Creating a mindset of slow productivity

Being productive doesn’t mean doing things quickly, it means doing things effectively and in a timely manner.  We tend to think that if we are not doing big things, then we are doing nothing at all.  As The Little Flower teaches us, God often wants us to take “the little way” rather than trying to be heroic conquerors of the world.

Slowly building habits allows you to not just do things, but to become better.  It builds your capacity to do more and to move into other areas of life that you never thought possible.

While we talk about productivity a lot on this blog, keep in mind that the most important thing in life is to become who you were created to be.  The habits you form now will mold you into who you will be tomorrow.

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004 PC Podcast: Effectively Working and Studying with JR Duboc Sat, 24 Jul 2010 21:37:12 +0000 In this episode, our first special guest – J.R. Duboc – talks about how he manages to balance his busy work, doctoral studies, and Catholic spiritual life.  Not only that, he still manages  to find time to write articles for this blog!  Amazing.  I also answer an email question from a seminarian that desires to be a good priest and pastor!

Carlos, a seminarian from Edmonton, Canada, asked if I could give him some resources that he could use to organize his time and tasks more efficiently.  Rather than bog him down with long winded articles from my site (ha!) I shot him three resources that I believe are key to finding a way to better organize your time.

In  the interview with J.R., we discuss why GTD is the productivity method of choice for this French Catholic.  The surprising thing is that, although he is an advocate for GTD, he is very honest in relaying that it took him about 2 years to fully implement it into a habit.  Forming productive habits is necessary in order to perform extraordinary work.  It’s just like prayer, unless you form the habit it’s unlikely that you will excel spiritually.

We also talk about how being productive and efficient with your work is actually very much inline with Church Teaching.  In fact, J.R. notes that David Allen’s (creator of GTD) ideas about work come very close to the philosophy of JPII in regards to sanctity and purpose through labor (see his encyclical on human work.  very cool stuff).  Work makes you holy, but working as efficiently and effectively as possible (using that noggin of yours) makes you even holier.

Overall, this is an exciting interview that you won’t want to miss.  I’d love to hear your questions and feedback for either me or J.R.!  Leave me a voicemail 24/7 at 714-643-5301.

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Change Your Mindset with the Concrete Goals Tracker Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:55:02 +0000 Every new year we come up with new things that we would like to change – and that is no surprise.  It is also not surprising that most of the goals that we would like to complete fail within the first two weeks.  There is a very simple reason for this: big life-changing goals are hard to make into habits.  While they may be difficult stick to, your new year resolutions are not impossible to accomplish.  However, if you expect to change long-ingrained habits, you need a concrete way to track progress toward your goals.

A view of the Concrete Goal Tracker point systemDavid Seah is a designer who created the Concrete Goals Tracker.  The original purpose of the goals tracker was to allow him to ensure that he was spending time doing the things that truly made his business better.  The great thing is, he made an editable version – which means that you can use it for just about anything that you want.

The Concrete Goals Tracker allots points for specific tasks that help to further an overall change that you want to see.  For example, since I am freelancing I use the goals tracker to make certain that I am spending the majority of my time doing things that will sustain and grow my business.  Although writing blog posts may be fun, it does not pay the bills (or the taxes involved with a business).  However, that doesn’t mean that blogging and self-promotion is not important to a business, but they are not as important as signing up new clients.

Just to reiterate, the purpose of the goal tracker is not to be a task management system that you use forever.  You will most likely use it for a few weeks to a few months in order to change your mindset and habits toward your goals.  For a full explanation of the free template and to actually download it, you can head over to David Seah’s site.

Concrete Goals Tracker [Original Site]

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