A Reading Life
School’s in session, but our second week got cut short with a persistent stomach flu.
Though right now I am in the final push of getting Simplified Organization The Course ready to launch, I have set up my book bag and quiet time stack for the September, when quiet time will be reading & creating time.
Spurred on by Charlotte Mason through Brandy, I have decided to keep 5 types of books always in my current reading stack (or, in my case, bag):
- Theology: A Method For Prayer by Matthew Henry
- Science: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
- Humanities: Consider This by Karen Glass
- Hobby/Whim: Gifts Differing by Isabel Briggs
- Fiction: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (on audio)
Inspired by The Living Page, I keep my favorite ballpoint pen & mechanical pencil (that’s actually my artist-sister’s favorite sketching pencil) in the bag and add commonplace entries long-hand as I go. I am just using a 17-cent spiral notebook, though, to keep the perfection pressure low. Plus, I like purple. And I like spiral bindings that lay flat. And I like college-ruled lines. So, I am resisting the calls of people encouraging nice notebooks and being happy with my cheap choice.
However, I’m still the paperless organization girl, and so I’ve added time in my weekly review on Saturdays to scan or type my favorite quotes from the week into my quotes notebook in Evernote. If the quotes are in Evernote, they are searchable and actually findable and useable in my thinking, writing, and plan-making (I like to write out quotes on my planning sheets).
I’m also thrilled that Dawn (ladydusk) is going to revive (with Cindy’s blessing) the Wednesday with Words link-up!
So all this conspires to create a blog posting change: Wednesdays I’ll post my current reading stack, a quote from my commonplace, and a shelfie (because those are super fun).
Maybe I’ll be more motivated to finish the books that have been in my stack for months. :) One can always hope.
Around the ‘Net
This week was quiet at Simply Convivial, but I had a 5-day series at Simplified Organization that was fun to write:
- 5 Days, 5 Essentials: 5 Tips for Staying Organized
- 5 Days, 5 Essentials: 5 Ways to Keep a Clean House
- 5 Days, 5 Essentials: 5 Ways to Stay Healthy
- 5 Days, 5 Essentials: 5 Tips for Staying Sane at Home
- 5 Days, 5 Essentials: 5 Things to Keep Track of
The Humming Household Habits series is pretty much a reworking and abridging of GTD for Homemakers, and as I’ve been editing and condensing it for that series, I’ve also turned it into a free 6-part email course you can sign up for! Pam made the awesome graphic for me. If you like the series or GTD for Homemakers, I’d really appreciate it if you’d share Declutter Your Head on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or wherever you share things online.
Next week I’ll be sharing bits from Simplified Organization: Learning to Love What Must Be Done in anticipation of its unveiling on Friday! I’m really excited about it. I might have to stop adding things if I want to get it out there, but the beauty of it being an online course is that I can keep adding things and everyone has access immediately. I think you’re going to love it.