One question I get a lot is, “How do you do it all? How do you pastor, prepare sermons, plan talks, keep your blog updated, write a book, and still have time for your family?” Well, one answer to that question is that I work very hard at being disciplined. It doesn’t come naturally to me. It is a definitely a learned trait that I can thank my wife for. She is extremely organized and disciplined and it has rubbed off on me. When I’m writing, I’m up early in the morning and I’m working hard. I schedule my days well in advance and make sure those things that are most important get scheduled into my calendar.
Just as important as being disciplined is being efficient. When I’m at work, I’m working. I don’t spend a lot of time rehashing emails to make sure I get the wording just write. That may be a problem, but it also allows me to put out a lot of emails quickly. Even my blog posts are done rather quickly (I’m sure you can tell by the grammar and my lack of editing! Sorry grammar lovers.). It also means I look for things that help me get what I need to be done more efficiently.
Enter Logos 6.
This is new for me, but I decided to give it a try mostly because I have heard such great things about it. And, well, it’s lived up to the hype. I love being able to do so much research without having to cover my workspace with books. One feature that’s especially helpful is the ability to create a custom layout. Basically, this allows you to set up your Logos desktop the way you like it. Comparative Bible versions, Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and sermon resources can be pre-set so that every time you launch Logos it is ready to go. Working on different projects? No problem. You can set up a custom layout for different purposes. It’s really, really helpful.
I also love the fact that I can start studying on my Mac and then pick it up on my iPhone or iPad through the app. It’s extremely seamless which, as we all know, is really important in this day and age.
A new feature for Logos 6 is the Visual Copy. If you you use any visuals during presentations, you’ll love this. Basically, you highlight text, find your way over the Visual Copy function, click, and boom! Ready made slide. It’s really slick. As someone who hates making slides, this is so unbelievably helpful.
Now, here’s the bad and the good about Logos. The first time I launched the program I got cold sweats and muttered, “What have I gotten myself into?” There is so much to this program that is hard to know where to begin. There are so many possibilities with all the add-ons. But Logos takes care of you. The next day I received an email with a tutorial video in it for one function in Logos. Then, a few days later, I got another email with another video. And then another. And then another. All told, I think I have received six extremely helpful emails explaining in appropriate detail how to use one feature in Logos. I loved this. Rather than overwhelming me, it allowed me to familiarize myself with the program over time.
So, I highly recommend this if you are a pastor, teacher, writer, researcher, or simply love studying the Bible. And considering the time of year, if you know someone it is a great idea for a gift or the use of year end continued education money if you’re a pastor who has one of those accounts! There isn’t a doubt it will be put to good use and will help you, not only become more efficient, but study more in depth as well.