05/22/2018 in: App Tipson
Want to organize your notes? It can be a big task, especially if you’ve been note-taking for years without much of a structure. Below is a video and some instructions on how I like to structure my notes. As an example, I’m showing you how to organize notes you take during sermons—but the steps can be applied in other ways.
GO TO NOTES TO ORGANIZE YOUR NOTES
First step of organizing your notes is… opening up your notes. Big surprise there!
ADD SERMON CATEGORY
Categories are my best friend. Again, calling it “sermons” is just my example. You could call it “My Notes on Matthew,” “SOAP Studies,” “Unanswered Prayers,” or “Grocery Lists.” Although, we don’t recommend keeping your grocery lists in the app. There’s probably a better app for those types of notes.
ADD SERMON SERIES CATEGORY
If categories are my BF then subcategories are my BFFL (best friend for life… if you don’t get 2000’s text lingo).
One way to stay organized is to make folders than take you from very broad topics to narrow topics. In the example, I use subcategories to delineate different sermon series that I have heard.
ADD NOTE (title it content)
Inside the sermon series subcategory, I add notes. Make sure to title them something obvious-sounding. You want to be able to read the title and know exactly what is inside the note later.
ADD A TAG
Tags are unsung heroes. You can create and add tags to notes—but why? So that later you can search for information about a certain topic and we can show you resources AND notes that discuss what you’re looking for.
FUN FACT: OPEN YOUR BIBLE THROUGH YOUR NOTES
My favorite feature of our notes: hyperlinked verses. Just type a verse reference and.. WHAM! You can tap the hyperlinked verse just like you do in resources all the time. So much power.
One creative way I have used this is when I’m going to read several passages of Scripture aloud. I don’t necessarily save this note for later use, but in the moment, it’s super helpful to have all the passages you need to access right there.
USE CUSTOM ICONS
There are two ways to make notes in our app: in the notes section and in a resource.
So, if you’re taking notes in your Bible, and it’s on a Sunday morning, you can add a pulpit icon to your note. Later, when you’re reading on your own, use a heart icon to mark a note you make about God’s love. There are tons of icons (and different colors!) and you can apply them as you see fit.