Better Productivity by Renewing Your Mind with Barb Raveling – Episode 24

Barb Raveling

Duration 39:50

In this podcast episode, I had the privilege of speaking with Barb Raveling, author of The Renewing of the Mind Project.

Whenever we talk about managing our times in more effective ways – ways that bring glory to God – we are talking about more than simply behavior changes.

Changing behaviors and habits starts with changing our thought patterns. And Barb is an expert at what scripture says (and doesn’t say) about how to go about that process.

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Don’t Aim at the Wrong Target with Scripture and Prayer

Walking down the wrong roadI haven’t really shared this anywhere, but my wife and I are just getting out of a difficult season in our marriage. We weren’t in major trouble or on the brink of divorce, but we were going through one of those valleys in our relationship where we both needed to step up and work on our marriage.

So for the last year or so, I’ve put a lot of effort into trying to be a good husband – the husband that God calls me to be.

What a great and holy desire, right?

But it wasn’t, in my case.

I went about it the wrong way. And the mistake I made is a great illustration for how we can get off-course in attempting to be good stewards of our time.

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Thursday Time Tip: Taking a Break by Switching Tasks

Task Switching

There’s only so much mental effort that you can pour into a particular task before you need a break.

These breaks aren’t giving in to temptation. As mentioned in The Power of Full Engagement, taking the occasional breather helps you increase your energy levels before you tackle that difficult project again.

But there’s another strategy that I’ve toyed with that has allowed me to be quite productive and still enjoy the energizing effects of a break.

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Give Yourself Grace, Not Tolerance

Give Yourself Grace

So you failed today. Maybe you lost your temper. Maybe you blew your diet. Maybe you procrastinated for a while and left your to-do list virtually unchanged.

To get back up, you’ve got to forgive yourself. But make sure you do that in the right way.

Give yourself grace – not tolerance.

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Thursday Time Tip: Opening Your Eyes with a Time Audit

Time Audit

How do you spend the 24 hours you have in a day?

I mean, how do you really spend them?

By performing a time audit, you can find out. And with a realistic perspective on how your time is actually spent, you have the information to find areas of improvement.

In fact, this audit has been one of the tools that has helped me the most over the past few years.

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Rescheduling without God

Rescheduling without God

John Piper on impatience:

When the way you planned to run your day, or the way you planned to live your life is cut off or slowed down, the unbelief of impatience tempts you in two directions, depending partly on your personality, partly on circumstances:
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Thursday Time Tip: Avoiding the Dangers of Our Own High Standards

Dangers of High Standards

For many people, we are our own harshest critics. We have high expectations for ourselves. We push for perfect performance.

But sometimes having high standards can backfire.

Expecting perfection can lead to a psychological phenomenon that I will call the “might as well” effect.

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I Can Relax through Christ Who Strengthens Me

I Can Relax through Christ

Philippians 4:13 is one of the most popular motivational scriptures: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

We see it in T-shirts and posters and tattoos. Philippians 4:13 is recited before we take tests, go for job interviews, play football games, or tackle the tough things in life.

It’s what I would imagine a Christian hero in an action movie would say right before the final battle.

But this scripture isn’t just about the challenges that make us nervous or the ones that make us sweat. This scripture is also about helping us relax and rest.

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Remember Life Happens

Remember Life Happens

A few days ago my good friend was walking through a grocery store with his 5-year-old on his back. A little bending over to pick something off the shelf and pop.

He was in some discomfort for a few days. Then one morning the pain suddenly became excruciating.

As I write this, he’s getting surgery for a severely herniated disc.

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Why God May Oppose Your New Year’s Resolutions

Tower of Babel

It’s a great thing, of course, to have goals and aspirations. New Year’s Resolutions even.

But there are many wrong ways to do this. Many ways which leave out God, some unintentionally.

And in his mercy, God will frustrate your plans. Just like he did with the Tower of Babel.

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