I have notes everywhere. In notebooks, on scraps of paper, in Evernote, on a no-frills note-taking app on my iPhone, in random word docs.
I’m sure some of those notes will be useful for the tasks I’ve got on this week.
If only I could find the relevant ones.
The other day, I was skimming the latest roundup post at the Redeeming Productivity blog and something caught my attention. It was a link to a video with this title – Master Plan for Bible Notetaking – where Matthew Everhard compares Jonathan Edwards’ method for Bible note-taking with his own. I was intrigued by Edward’s method which Everhard has adapted and found he had previously done another vid on this topic – Best Bible Note-Taking System: Jonathan Edwards’s Miscellanies.
Could it be that Miscellanies holds the key to organising all my notes in a way that is actually useful?
Edward’s Miscellanies was a collection of notes, thoughts, observations, and insights that he had. Some of these notes were short, others were a few pages long. But here’s the key, each of them were numbered, given titles, and cross-referenced, with the number of the miscellanies put in the margin of his Bible if it was relevant to the text.
I wonder if a digital form of a Miscellanies (in Evernote, on this blog, or both) would work. For all my notes (going forward), to be numbered, given titles, then added to a table of contents, and with the number of any insight on a passage of Scripture put into the margin of my Bible.
This looks like the note-taking system I’ve been looking for. I now have one miscellanies on Miscellanies to be added to.
(Photo: Julia Joppien)