Explore, catalogue, and consolidate 1.18.2017

The time has come again to address my notecards. I also want to lump in my “eager to do” list also as school is starting again.

Here’s the remaining items (I’ll still update the original posts with Links as I address these) from notecards 12.10.2016:

  1. Texts to research/respond to concerning a proposed call to bi-vocational ministry (and rejection of the full-time pastorate).
  2. Attributes of a ‘man’ that is good to marry (I should spend time developing these)
  3. Studying Successfully:
  4. “Specialized” or “well rounded/a Jack-of-all-trades”
  5. Pursuit of: health, wealth, love, and happiness
  6. Concepts for church giving
  7. Programs of the church:
  8. Stop owning; start stewarding
  9. Time well spent
  10. Habits for Living

Here’s the remaining items (I’ll still update the original posts with Links as I address these) from “eager to-do”:

  1. Clean the office floors [Although it will need redone and redone, I did it this day.]
  2. Review relational schematic: here
  3. Go through books I own and catalogue [I separated this into two separate tasks.]
  4. Do some yoga: here
  5. Organize Google and Safari Bookmarks
  6. Digitize to memorize: here
  7. Renew tags for my car [I did not notate doing this, but it happened in this season.]

Here’s the new items on my current notecards:

  1. Put personal holidays on calendar
  2. List visits and put some on calendar
  3. Advice given by Warren Buffet to college seniors
  4. Put school deadlines on calendar
  5. Create budget/cash envelopes
  6. Visit an accountant/tax lawyer/fiduciary

Explore, catalogue, and consolidate notecards 12.10.2016

The date in my title is a bit presumptuous, but I think it’s reasonable presumption. I think it is very likely that I will “Explore, catalogue, and consolidate notecards” again. When I do, I’ll be glad for the date (or I’ll change it).


  • Texts to research/respond to concerning a proposed call to bi-vocational ministry (and rejection of the full-time pastorate).
    • 1 Corinthians 4:11-20; 9:15-27
    • 2 Corinthians 11:7-13; 12:11-19
    • 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12
    • 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
  • Attributes of a ‘man’ that is good to marry (I should spend time developing these)
    • Tender, quiet, resolute, care for the weak, pray with, talk about loving God, physically strong    -not sure where I got these ideas…
  • Studying Successfully:
    • practice tests are the greatest
    • consistent work
    • spaced/interval training for specific facts – study the notecard/data:
      • Everyday, every other day, weekly, every fortnight, before the test
  • “Specialized” or “well rounded/a Jack-of-all-trades”
    • Skills/intelligences/aptitudes:
      • language, math/logic, music, spacial, kinesthetic, fine motor, interpersonal/communication/leadership, intra-personal/spiritual, naturalist, pedagogical/teaching, existential/philosophical
  • Pursuit of: health, wealth, love, and happiness
  • Concepts for church giving – graph and finalize
  • Programs of the church:
    • Required for elders:
      • Salvation/Basics of the Faith, Church history/Development of Doctrine and Worship, Money/Personal Responsibility, Biblical Literacy, Romance/Marriage/Dating/Sexuality, Spiritual Disciplines, Prayer/Christian Mysticism/Hearing from the Spirit, Friendship/Accountability/Relational Evangelism
    • Other Offerings:
      • Biblical Languages, Shop and Service: auto, Shop and Service: home, Health/Nutrition/Exercise, Music: Choir, Music: Band/Orchestra, Music: Piano Class, Parenting: Newborns, Parenting: Preteens and teens, Parenting: homeschooling, Prison Ministries, Homeless Ministries, Widows and Single Parent ministry, Divorce Care, Grief Share, Promise Keepers, After school homework help, ESL/TESOL, Bookstore, CoffeeShop
  • Stop owning; start stewarding
    • Every thought, word, deed, attitude, motive
  • Thoughts on happiness and purpose:
    • Happiness is not a second order event premised on something else occurring first. It’s a first order event that happens when you live your truth.
    • The end of man is to glorify God and/by enjoy/enjoying Him forever.
      • God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied by Him
      • I suspect a person is happiest when seeking the glory of God.
    • Therefore, to make much of God is to seek my enjoyment and is to fulfill my purpose
  • Time well spent:
    • “You multiply time when you give yourself emotional permission to spend time on things today that will give you more time tomorrow.”
    • Therefore, when making To-Do lists, the question is not, “what’s the most important thing I can do today?”, but rather it ought to be, “What can I do today that will make tomorrow better?”
    • “There is a difference between waiting to do something you know you should be doing and waiting to do something because now is not the right time. It’s the difference between [negative] procrastination and patience.”
      • Related to delegation: “Permission of temporary imperfect.”
  • Sitting Tree – (how can I get involved and help other people get involved… do I want to? probably not yet, but it’s on a notecard for a reason.)
  • List of clothing that will at some point need replacing:
    • black shoes, canvas shoes, At-home shorts, out-and-about shorts (in 3 months or more), underwear, undershirts, socks.
  • Project 333 – clothing selections
  • Proposed schedule for full-time student life
  • Habits for living:
    • At least 60 minutes at least 4 days a week – exercise body
    • At least 45 minutes at least 4 days a week – exercise imagination/creativity
    • At least 45 minutes at least 4 days a week – exercise gratitude/slow down
    • At least 90 minutes at least 4 days a week – exercise biblical literacy

So, there we have it: 15 notecards that have captured ideas/calls to action. Hopefully I will respond to them eat in turn. The only scary part is that this list of 15 things is the subset of my actual to-do list set for time off. But for today, I’ve spent enough time on the notecards. I fully understand what is here and will come back to them at a later date.

And that’s the goal: Patience over Procrastination. Joy over Stress.

How I use notecards

I’ve been keeping notecards for quiet some time – I think I started in late middle school, I would want to remember to do or research something something and therefore, I would write it on my hand. So many agenda/calendars/notebooks had been lost that I didn’t trust myself to have anything but my hand on me. Then I discovered that I could use 3×5 notecards and keep in my pocket. And like my hand, I could re-write as often as needed with a new card. Also, it allowed me to keep longer lists, so I switched and have never regretted the habit. They make for excellent bookmarks, drawing tools and portable memory sticks. Plus you can play games on them and use them creatively to solve certain mechanical problems that arise.

In college, I began keeping a weekly and daily schedule on notecards with me at all times. Someday I want to go through those and catalogue how I spent my time as a reference to the person I actually was: my values and priorities.

In recent months though, I’ve been using them exclusively to capture things to do and to research. Every couple of weeks/months I catalogue and consolidate my notecards. I try to push the call to actions that I ultimately end up on notecards (and the thoughts like them) through a paradigm I learned from “Procrastinate on Purpose” by Rory Vaden.

  • Ignore the call to action/task (and forget about it)
  • Eliminate the call to action (and forget about it)
  • Automate the call to action (and check up on it, by putting it on a notecard)
  • Delegate the call to action (and forget about it)
  • Procrastinate the call to action (by putting on a notecard and thereby looping to the top and back through until a change in status)
  • Concentrate on the call to action (and address it now!)

Going from top to bottom, you attempt to Ignore and then only if that fails, you attempt to Eliminate, and then only if that would be wrong, you attempt to Automate, and only if that fails, you attempt to Delegate, and only if that also fails, you Procrastinate, and only if all of those have proven unsuccessful, then you concentrate on the call to action and complete it.

So, I use notecards to capture initial thoughts that are a call to action, as well as a tool to preserve the looping call to actions. Here are the posts where I explore, catalogue, and consolidate notecards: