Jot it down! That is one of my mother’s favorite lines, and my grandfather’s before her. All that I am going to say now is that it would do me well to say that often enough to myself.
Jot it down! That is what a high-pitched and urgent voice inside me says every time I read about something from the Internet that I can use to make the house a little more cheerful-looking, my prayer time richer, my children better-fed, our homeschooling recordkeeping more updated, and my sewing stash more attended to. So much computer time can actually go to waste if I don’t hold on tightly to what I had learned, and use them in my family’s daily life.
Jot it down! That is what I have to do.
So I gathered an old notebook, leftover gift wrapper, a piece of art paper, and a scrapbooking sticker that nobody seemed to want… and transformed those to something I can use to jot my cyberspace learnings on.
I divided my cyberspace learnings notebook (my fancy name for an ideas log) into several pages each for FAITH, HOUSEHOLD, CHILDREN, SCHOOL, and SEWING.
The contents of my cyberspace learnings notebook will feed into my prayer journal, our weekly menu, planning for liturgical living and outdoor activities, and a host of other aspects of living and loving.
The notebook’s major advantage over a Word or Notepad file is that I can have it with me all the time, giving me the chance to go over my notes whenever I need to. I also prefer my notebook to keeping Favorites and Bookmarks because I tend to keep too many of those and eventually get overwhelmed. What goes into my notebook are selected and processed in my head before before being jotted down. It’s a quality control tool, I guess.
Keeping the notebook beside me during my time at the computer will also remind me that if I have less and less to write on my notebook, maybe I am using my computer time the wrong way. Or I already have enough on my plate and I am just wandering aimlessly in cyberspace.
Do you have an ideas notebook?
How do you make sure that information
acquired during your cyberspace time bear fruit?
Marcia has five reasons to wake up in the morning — the man of her dreams and the four children that God gave them. She constantly wishes for a cleaner and more orderly home, but understands that this goal needs constant tweaking. One day, she will devote a lot of time to her sewing. She just hopes that she is not yet arthritic or half-blind by then! Marcia blogs at Imperfectly Living a Dream.