Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Notebook

Last Saturday at our Homeschool Support Group Mothers' Brunch, one of the speakers shared with us her idea of taking a notebook with you when you have your daily quiet time with the Lord. This notebook is not one for taking notes from your Bible or for prayer requests or things like that, but this notebook is to be used for writing down all of those interrupting thoughts......the things that pop into your head while you are trying to read God's Word or pray. Things like: I need to thaw some chicken for supper, call the dishwasher repairman, iron a shirt for a child, mail a bill, etc. If you write down the thought as soon as it pops into your head, you can get back to concentrating on your Bible and prayer time. What a super idea! The very next day I chose a notebook just for this very purpose. But I am using it for more than just during quiet time. I am taking that notebook with me wherever I go! I keep it close by, and whenever something pops into my head, I write it down! I already was in the habit of making lists, and writing things in my datebook or entering them into the calendar on my phone or computer, but sometimes I was not near any of those things when I would think of something I needed to do.....so keeping the notebook nearby helps me to record everything. I even have it handy while I am doing school with the children. I just wish I could write in it while I am running! Many thoughts pop into my head while running....I just try to remember them the best I can and write them in the notebook as soon as I am through.
I have actually made different lists on different pages.....errands to run, people to call, chores to do, emails to send or other computer tasks, etc.
I love my new notebook! My brain on paper!

4 comments:

  1. I do this too, Roan. When I forced myself to start making lists, I would find that I had lists all over the place...having the one notebook for everything makes sure that I have which list I need when I need it. It's not the most organized notebook, but at least it's there when I need it. :)

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  2. Ironing a shirt for a child? Really? I guess I have a long way to go. I honestly admit that thought has never crossed my mind. Ha! I do have my own distractions, though. They probably revolve around food, sleep, and exercise!

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  3. What a great idea! I am always so distracted or I lack focus. This would help me lots and it only makes sense.

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