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006 PC Podcast: Getting Things Done with The Daily Saint

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If you are looking for another Catholic site that melds work, productivity, and spirituality – then look no further. The Daily Saint, run by Mike St. Pierre, is a fantastic blog/podcast that really hits at the heart of the Catholic word ethic. He has a plethora of resources to help you kick butt at work and to focus on the things that truly make a difference.

Thankfully, Mike agreed to an interview on the Productive Catholic Podcast. Let me tell you, I am seriously in awe of how much this guy gets done. Not only does he find the time to spark a Catholic reformation and leadership revolution within a school of hundreds of kids, he manages to care for his family, and maintain his blog on a regular basis. It’s no doubt that he knows how to be effective.

In the podcast we talk about how he utilizes a hybrid form of GTD. While he uses an electronic means to keep track of tasks, he spends some time every morning planning his day in order to build a productivity anchor.

We also talk about how working smarter, not harder, is something that everyone should be striving for.  Just working for the sake of working is not what leads to holiness, but working effectively, setting boundaries, and finding the best way of doing things is something God wants.

Lastly, one very interesting discussion was on leadership, and how it is a skill that is extremely important to every Catholic.  Being a true leader involves inspiring others to be better in every way possible – that includes work.  The church needs more leaders that can teach others the value of being effective.  Currently, work is dominated by the secular and by secular leaders.  Of course, not everything secular is bad, but if we want to spark a Catholic reformation of work, leaders need to teach younger generations how to become successful and make a difference in the working world for Christ!

For more of The Daily Saint, visit his blog!  Also check out his podcast on iTunes!  You won’t regret it!

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Episode #19: Mary and Prayer

Hey everyone! I had an epiphany (no pun intended) this advent season that has literally changed my life, and also how I get things done throughout the day. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so you’ll need to check out the video, but it’s somewhat along the lines of the Getting Things Done Like the Saints series.

Let me know what you think, am I stretching this whole thing a bit, or am I on the right track?

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Getting It Done Like the Saints: St. Gianna Beretta Molla

With the pro-life battle raging in the U.S.  legislature, I thought that it be fitting to look at the life of the most popular pro-life saint (they are all pro-life, obviously) from the 20th century.  I venture to say that just about everyone who is Catholic and actually practices their faith knows who St. Gianna is.  In short, she was a physician that gave up her life in order for her child to come into the world.  The great thing about her that I find most attractive – other than the fact that she was very cosmopolitan and a purveyor of the latest fashions of her day – is that she was a working professional. Continue Reading →

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Getting It Done Like the Saints: Saint Therese

Last time, we saw how Saint Thomas More got most things done before we even had a chance to wake up. Now we are going toward the opposite spectrum. In honor of the feast day of Saint Therese (on October 1st), I thought it fitting to see how she got things done.  While her approach was different, it was still just as powerful and allowed her to change the face of the world as we know it. Continue Reading →

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You Are Not a Theologian, and That’s Okay!

One of the things that bothers me so much about all of us Catholics is our false view of how we are to become saintly.  The majority of practicing Catholics seem to spend most of their time trying to be theologians and philosophers, rather than being who they were naturally created to be.  Well, I have news for all of my brethren and sistren: the saints were saints because they did what God created them to do, not because they were theologians.

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Getting it Done Like the Saints: Thomas More

Out of all of the saints in the Church, Thomas More is probably the most notable and relate-able saint when it comes to lay people who work. He was a lawyer, philosopher, husband, and father of such astounding character and habit that many are confounded as to how he managed to juggle everything. During his life he was married twice, spent years in a monastery, and reached the highest level of office in England other than the king himself. So how did Sir Thomas More find the time to do and be all of these things? Continue Reading →

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