This is one of the most honest and open posts that I’ve ever created (video included). I wanted to share my journey in reading Rick Warrens, What on Earth Am I Here For: The Purpose Driven Life. I am almost finished and I honestly can’t wait to read it again. This post is how I study a chapter in the book (it’s broken into days) and an overview of my notes.
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Planner I’m Using
I am using a Mini Happy Planner as my Wellness planner, although at the moment it’s primarily faith based. Still, when studying any reading whether it’s a book or just scriptures, a regular notebook will suffice.
I’m using the planner simply because it was a gift from a tricky tray and I didn’t want it to go to waste. The great thing about this though is that I set the pace of my days so I’m not using the dates within the planner per say. I write out the days according to the reading. If a book is broken into chapters instead of days, you can label just the same.
I did use expander discs from Staples to accommodate all the pages I wanted to add to my planner. There are a lot of note pages and I initially bought some from the Happy Planner Super Mom collection, as they were all I could fine. I lucked up at JoAnn Fabrics and found paper from the Faith Warrior collection which had notes pages along with a SOAP worksheet. I’ll share more on that in a future post (Stay tuned!)
For the type of planning that I’m doing I prefer a horizontal style over vertical. Vertical for me works best for listing. The horizontal layout gives me more space to write without being constricted. It’s a personal preference really, but you’ll need to determine your writing style.
First Things First
When I do any reading, I start with just my book and a highlighter. I’m reading this book along with my grandmother. Although there is no set time that we read, we try to read every single day. Some days, especially on the weekend, we’ll double up. With this book in particular, many of the days connect so doubling up ends up working out.
As for what I highlight, I stick to any lists that are in the book that I would like to refer to a t a later time. Also, if there’s a scripture that resonates with me, I’ll highlight that as well. Sometimes I find a chapter filled with marks. I don’t write in the book per say. I leave all my extra notes for my planner. If I don’t have a highlighter, I don’t let that stop my reading. I’ll use a pen or pencil to make my marks. That simple.
My notes are broken into sections of the book. On the planner pages themselves I write the main point of that lesson. It’s usually just a a sentence or two. Throughout my notes pages I’ll further analyze what stood out to me and write it in detail. If there’s a story that connects to what I read, I’ll make note of that and add it to the planner.
Now that I have notes pages specifically for SOAP (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer), I can now break down the scriptures noted even further. Excited to share this with you in a future post. Stay tuned!
Note: You don’t need a fancy planner to keep track of all your notes. Simply grab a notebook, a piece of paper, or even an index card.
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