Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Tuesday Top Ten

10 Things You Can Do With Coil Bound Index Cards
1. Make a list of gifts from God. This is inspired by Ann Voskamp's book 1000 Gifts. She has promised to drop by at some point and visit with us here and I can't wait for it. If you don't have the book yet, really, don't wait to get it. In reading it myself, I wanted to start a gift list but I didn't want to do it in my current journal and I didn't want to start a separate journal. Then I had the idea to get a set of coil-bound index cards to jot down my list of 1000 gifts. I have loved the size and portability of this and I know it was an idea straight from God because I have never used these before! However now that I have discovered them, I have a whole bunch of ideas for how to use them...

2. Record and save the verses you've memorized. Having them all in one place makes it easier to flip back through and review them so you don't forget them.

3. Record and save favorite verses. You may not have them memorized-- they may just be verses that have stood out to you at different times, for different reasons.

4. Record and save quotes you love-- little lines that encourage and inspire you, something you can flip through for a dose of inspiration when you need it. This could be quotes about your Christian walk, your motherhood, your marriage, your writing... whatever strikes your fancy!

5. Jot down writing ideas as they occur to you, then you have them all in one place and won't lose them.

6. Jot down recipes in them and keep the cards in your kitchen for quick reference.

7. Let it serve as a handy, not so serious journal-- a place where you can jot down quick observations without writing a ton. If journaling overwhelms you, perhaps this bite-sized version will be less cumbersome to get you started. Again, it's also small and portable so you can throw it in a bag or purse easily.

8. Jot down the funny things your kids say that you always mean to remember.

9. Make a chore chart and put a different household task on each card. Flip through and assign chores to your kids-- and yourself-- using the cards.

10. Jot down ideas for whatever your hobby or passion is. This could be speaking topics, blog post ideas, scenes for a novel, names for characters, stories you remember that would make good illustrations, images you want to preserve for painting or drawing or photography, scrapbooking pages you want to create, etc.

I bought my index cards at Walgreens for $2.50. Mine are colorful and the coil is plastic and not wire, which I love. Pick yourself up some this week and then see what you can do with them. The sky's the limit!

Have some other suggestions I missed? Please feel free to add to the list!
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Susan said...

I love this idea and have been doing it for a while. My first notebook contains favorite Bible verses, favorite quotes and the date I added them to my list. I even have one from you-either from a P31 devotion or from your blog. It was dated 12-7-09 and it said Pray not 'what should I do' (me centered) but pray 'what will bring you glory'! I reference my little notebook often. It is so handy-I even toss it in my purse or briefcase when I travel. Though I'm not a frequent commenter on blogs, I do read them and get TONS of inspiration from them. Thank you sooo much for taking the time to do this-you are greatly appreciated!

bp said...

I've had one of these for the past few years and I use it for verses. I like having them all in one place together.

I won the book you mentioned on a giveaway at Grace Cafe and it will be arriving soon, great idea for the list!

Zibilee said...

I love the idea of using these for memory verses, and might just have to get some and try that! Thanks for the suggestion!

Kristi Butler said...

I love the suggestion of using them for writing ideas!! Mine are all over the place...on napkins...scraps of it notes...everywhere!

Another thought...bring one to Write2Ignite! list your new friends & their contact information...or take notes from MaryBeth's keynotes...or write down all the ways you are inspired to keep writing!!! Come join us!!

Anonymous said...

Great ideas...I am an organized nut and never thought to use these for some of those ideas. Watch out Staples, here I come to buy a bunch!

Anonymous said...

I like your idea of writing down the funny things your kids say. I started this 18 years ago and have 3 journal books full. Each year I go through the book and copy all the funny quotes and that is our whole Christmas letter. I don't need to write paragraphs to tell you what is going on in my house, you get it by reading my letter. People love our letter, it is so real with no bragging, and they actually tell us they wait for it each year. Some acquaintances even keep them all to re-read. Try it!

Jekka said...

A client came into my office to make a payment by check. She pulled one of these out after writing her check and I realized that she used it for her check register. I commented on what a brilliant idea it was. She said that she found it so much easier because there was more room to write and she didn't have to replace it as often.