Today I learned that 10 handwritten A4 pages is about 20 minutes of preaching time for me, at least with the line spacing in Europa Clairfontaine notebooks.

Sermon-writing today. Actually trying to write it out by hand. It will need to be typed up still, but it is a joy to use my stationery for it.

Just a bit of early-mid April snow after a bright, sunny day. Honestly, it feels right. ❄️

The finished dish. It’s a bit much during the week but perfect on a Saturday after a good run.

Making the River Cottage adaptation of Jansson’s Temptation for lunch.

I can’t imagine losing someone after 73 years of marriage.

After having to take last week off from sending my newsletter, a new issue has just gone out today. This one is about spring time.

I love this meditation on 1 Corinthians 8 from Tabletalk Magazine:

“True knowledge that there is only one God involves knowing that he is love and acting accordingly.”

Made Hokkaido for the first time. Looking forward to them cooling enough to try!

Some evenings are just better with a strong coffee.

run for my life

A year ago, I started a couch to 5k program. It wasn’t the first time I’d started one but being in lockdown in Warsaw meant it was the first one I finished. After another month of running I was able to achieve a 35-minute 5k. That felt like a really big accomplishment.

Eight weeks ago, I started a training plan to increase my speed. It shaved about 4 minutes off my total time. Finishing something for the first time is a big deal. Learning to keep improving seems like it is the actual work.

The newsletter is going to have to wait for the new week as I only just got the email that my account is back up again. In the meantime, I’ve ruined pizza by putting broccoli on it before getting ready to head to church to lead worship for Good Friday.

Ran into a small snag with my Buttondown newsletter (importing our email list for our ministry partners to a new newsletter triggered a need for a manual review) so it will be late in getting sent out.

With spring comes a new system

For the past year, I've been keeping track of all the things using a combination of Todoist, Bear and several notebooks. This, clearly, is too much overhead to keep track of. So with spring being fully here and the fact that I'm on a break from my training course for a Easter holidays, I decided it was time to put in the work to get things organised in a way that makes more sense.

Leaving Todoist

By far, the biggest source of frustration lately has been Todoist. While it is perfectly fine on my phone or on my iPad, working from home has meant spending a lot more time at my desk using my MacBook Air. The desktop app for Todoist is pure and utter rubbish based on the fact that it never wants to sync.

Todoist is the app that I've used the longest in this system thanks to the recommendation of Tim Challies in Do More Better. While I still like the principals of the book, my work has shifted so that I don't have such clean cut categories. I prepare sermons for my training course and for the church. Besides due dates, there isn't really a difference in what doing that work looks like.

I needed something a bit more fluid to get this whole thing going.

Revisiting Notion

For now, the tool that I'm using to replace Todoist, most of Bear and a couple of my notebooks is Notion. It finally makes sense to have something that is this flexible.

Why? Well... Notion is the tool that my wife and I used to organise an international move during a global pandemic. During that whole process, everything in it just worked and that was a huge source of confidence during such an unstable time in our lives.

So the money that would have been going to renewing Todoist premium has instead gone to Notion. I probably could have gotten the free plan to work but the ability to invite unlimited guests, when I’ll be doing a lot of work with church ministry teams, was worth the cost.

As I spend more time working in it, I’ll try to share templates so that others can find potential value.

We bought a Dutch oven and I finally got around to baking a loaf of bread in it!

My wife has started painting trees and I get to have the first one on the wall by my desk.

Sometimes, you get taken in by colour. Sometimes by the shape of words. Sometimes by the words themselves. But sometimes, all three.

If there is a tech lesson I’ve learned over the last year, it is probably that you need a more powerful computer than you think you need right now. My poor, non-Retina MacBook Air (the 2017 model that had the really good keyboard) is struggling under the weight of iMovie exporting a 5-minute video at 720p…

Sun, flowers, but not sunflowers

Nothing like a bit of snow the week before Easter.

Apparently I’m running my entire life in Notion again so that’s fun.

It is Tuesday which means this is the second time this week that my morning routine has fallen to pieces.

My parents gave me some birthday money and one of the things I ordered finally arrived!

there are blue skies in Scotland

Blue skies for days today.

And days. It has been a truly glorious weekend up here.

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