Who Is John Buck?

Getting organized and “Getting Things Done”

I’ve begun the long journey toward implementing GTD into my life, and it’s changing my entire perspective on responsibility.

The story of how I got here is a long one, but it involves high drama, emergency rooms, quitting workers, and (what turned out to be) faux heart attack symptoms.

I’m on the other side of all of that, and repenting from trying to store every single task and project in my poor little brain.

By way of implementation, I feel like the process I’m following is fairly haphazard. I’m working my way through Getting Things Done by David Allen, while implementing what I know now as much as I can. I don’t have the luxury of mastering GTD and then building out a nice and neat implementation. I need a way to handle all the tasks coming at me now.

I purchased Omnifocus for Mac, found out that Omnifocus was iOS/Mac only (major bummer), bought an iPhone for the express purpose of managing tasks on the go, purchased Omnifocus for iOS, and set my new iPhone up on Ting.

I’m not really a fan of the iPhone (at least, not of the 5s), as the tiny screen aggravates my RSI/Carpal Tunnel, but I’m more than willing to make the sacrifice if it means clearing my brain of the opressive fog of open loops and uncompleted, unaddressed tasks.

I feel freer now than I have in years, and the more tasks I get into Omnifocus, the more I feel in control of the things I have to do.

It’s not that I don’t still have a mountain of tasks, but I finally feel like I’m moving that mountain, instead of trying to dig into the middle of it and getting avalanched every single day with “unexpected” tasks.

God is good.

Maintaining good, healthy habits is tough for even the most [awesomenessone] among us, and as a recovering addict, I need all the help I can get.

Rewire is just such a tool.

It reminds me to do all those silly little daily habits that are so easy to forget, as well as helping me to track my recovery and many of the factors that affect it.

Perhaps not for everyone, but if you’re a app user who needs to “rewire” your brain, I find it to be an invaluable tool.

Woke up early today. It feels great to have our own room again, and to once again enjoy the benefit of natural light streaming in through the window to kickstart my day.

Can’t say for sure, but R swears up and down that light wakes us up more effectively than the 1.23 trillion alarms I have set.

Should maybe get a wake up light.

How to Hipster is a my “ironic”/”making fun of hipster culture” blog which pokes fun at hipster-hood. The very nature of the site makes it “hipster” by definition, which makes it even more deeply ironic. And so on and so forth. Forever.

It starts as a general frustration. “I can’t get it done. I can’t do enough. I’m failing. I’m failing.” And moves to a poignant anger (generally directed toward clients, with whom I interact most frequently). “What an idiot. How can he/she be so dumb?” The truth is, I feel out of control and unable to get control over the situation. Success (that is to say, not failing) is just a way to maintain control (which is just another way of finding a counterfeit righteousness). And when that fails, I seek control through other means.

Things for which I am thankful

In no particular order:

  • A chillish, sunshiney day.
  • A beautiful, loving wife who sacrifices much for myself and our…
  • Two (mostly) delightful daughters
  • A job that allows me to be at home
  • **Two** bathrooms (a huge upgrade from zero)
  • Faithful friends who walk with us in the hard times
  • A strong a constant community
  • Justification for my wickedness, and pure, undeserved righteousness imparted to me through Jesus Christ
  • The cries of a 2-month old, for she has healthy lungs
  • Consistent, well-paying clients
  • A man cave/cloffice in which I can collect my thoughts

Funny how easy it is to find tons of really excellent things in life when you take the time to look.

Lost at E Minor is a super SFW look at the good and wonderful things in the world. It’s delightful and I find that my spirits soar when I spend a few minutes considering the amazing things God has created in his goodness.

My Love, when I try to do the things you do, I realize how much work you put into each moment. Your job, though I struggle to admit it, is infinitely more difficult than mine. And although you make it look so easy, your sacrifices do not go unnoticed.

Woohoo! I’ve been waiting a long time for this.

A sharp two-edged sword

The demon of worry comes to me often. In a cold, quavering voice it portends doom, death, and destruction for me and those I love lest I sacrifice everything to the demon of work.

And yet I am always delivered by the sharp two-edged sword, the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12) who upholds the entire universe (Hebrews 1:3). From Him the demons flee in terror, and He leads me by still waters.

He comforts me (Psalm 23:1-6).

Today I am delivered by the Psalms. Psalm 33:12-22, specifically.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

Praise the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever (Psalm 106:1).

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