They make YouTube-native content.

YouTube is an incredible platform. Until TikTok came along, YouTube was the number one place for new artists, creators, and companies to be discovered. I still think the platform is powerful for discoverability, but not nearly as much as TikTok, but that’s for another post.

Before we get into what Village Church is doing right, let’s understand what most people are doing wrong on YouTube.

This isn’t just churches either. A lot of companies, podcasts, and creators use YouTube this way. They just redistribute content used elsewhere and throw it on YouTube.

Maybe they like how…


Hint: It’s not more content

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If you’ve done any amount of research on how to do social media or online engagement in the past year and, let’s be honest, we all have, then you’ve heard that creating content is the thing to do. And while that’s not wrong, it’s not what you should be putting all of your focus on right now.

In the wise words of the online church guru, Carey Nieuwhof,

Great messages that used to guarantee growth don’t any more. What used to attract people now gets a shrug of indifference instead.

Don’t get me wrong: Bad…


Ah, another week of 2020 in the books. Nothing horrible happened this week, but we still have three more months left so, buckle up.

Enough rambling, on to The Bookshelf!

Learn from the Legends

Daniel Ek — CEO & Founder of Spotify

“If you dare, then you have already gotten further ahead than 99% of all the others.”

Books he gives the most as gifts:

  • Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success by Matthew Syed
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Minefield Girl by Sofia Ek (His Wife)
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanac by Charles T. Munger

One Habit That Has Improved Your Life

  • Daniel always takes at least two of his meetings…

Utilizing keyboard shortcuts in any program you use can increase productivity and reduce distractions.

Whenever I’m ready to start on my first draft of a new essay, instead of going to Google Drive, navigating to docs, and opening a new page. I simply type doc.new into the address bar and it creates a new page for me. No fuss. No mess.

This reduces the chance that I’ll get distracted by seeing some interesting things in my Google Drive that will pull me away from doing real work.

Popular Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts in Roam are pretty standard.

Tab will indent a block…


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People who don’t make progress on their goals share one thing in common:

They never identify what isn’t working.

Instead, most people (unproductive people that is) stay caught up in a vicious cycle of going week in and week out always looking for a brighter future. They’re waiting for that promotion, that new job offer, the new car, or anything else that steals their attention from what life is like now.

They only look towards the future, but never stop to understand the past — and that’s the problem.

Successful people are thinking about their past as much as they…


I’ll make it easy on you — pages are made up of individual blocks.

When the buzz around Roam Research started to spread on Twitter, I was intrigued. At first, I thought what set Roam apart from all other note-taking applications was the ability to use bi-directional linking.

I was very wrong — and I’m afraid other people are too.

There is No Structure, Just Bullet Points.

What truly sets Roam apart from other popular note-taking apps is that each bullet point is an atomic idea.

In apps like Evernote, OneNote, and Notion — pages hold ideas. …


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Notion: My Life OS

As far as flexibility and personalization, Notion takes the cake. Unlike Evernote, each page in Notion is composed of blocks — blocks that can be uniquely shaped and created to do exactly what you want them to do.

Want a bullet point? Add a block. Need a checkbox? Add a block. Want to make an H1 heading? You guessed it, another block.

Everything in my Notion revolves around my Life Dashboard. The dashboard is a compilation of linked pages for different areas of my life such as my Youtube channel, my weekly Newsletter, and freelance video editing.

Along with my…


On building a startup:

• If you take your foot off the pedal, you won’t stay in the same place — you’ll go backward.

• Think big, yet obsess over the tiny details at the same time.

• Be skeptical of anyone that pretends to have all the answers.

• Failure should drive you to succeed, not stop you from trying.

• Your startup is either working or it’s dead.

• Increase pace of growth by increasing communication and speed of decision making.

• Drive value to your users by building a delightful product experience.

• Test a lot. Double down on things that…


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Checking email is one of people’s least favorite tasks. Although it can hold important information, there is too much noise, clutter, and distraction in most people’s inboxes to do anything effectively.

The Analogy

Think about the last tool you remember using. Got it?

For me, it’s a screwdriver. As the name explains, a screwdriver is for driving screws into the wall. Its design and functionality help achieve that end goal. It’s small, you can hold it with one hand, and the tip ensures perfect friction between you and the screw.

Now imagine using that same screwdriver to drive nails into the wall…


GTD is an incredible productivity system when used properly. However, there are many mistakes people make. Here are some you could be making that is decreasing productivity and adding unnecessary stress to your life.

I hope the title made you stop and think, “That’s odd. I wanna read.” If it didn’t, let me know.

The Getting Things Done Method (GTD) is a classic approach to commonplace productivity. It resonates with people 30 and under, as well as those who are 31 and above — not very common for most “philosophies”.

Popularized by David Allen in the book, Getting Things Done

Dalton Mabery

Social Media Manager and Content Creator at Bayside Church. I write about how to use technology to navigate the Church in the 21st Century.

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