Tools I’m Using In 2015 For God and Goals

Each year I determine which tools I’ll be using to pursue God more deeply and to reach the goals I sense He is speaking to me about.

I believe tools are essential for spiritual growth. Here is a brief list of the digital tools I use. Now I realize that you might use strictly paper and pen as your main tools for spiritual growth and in some ways I do too. But for daily Bible reading, journaling and goal setting I am exclusively digital.

Bible Reading: You Version

Last year I veered away from reading the whole Bible from cover to cover and decided to just anchor myself in the Gospels with a Bible Plan from You Version. Though the attempt was honorable, it didn’t stick. About a quarter of the way through the year I fell off the Gospels reading plan and didn’t really get back on.

You Version

Truth is, I really missed reading the Word from cover to cover so I jumped back on a Bible reading plan that takes you through the whole Bible in a year.

I am still using You Version and discovered a recently added, chronological whole Bible reading plan called “Reading God’s Story: One Year Chronological Plan. It has been so good to systematically move through the whole Bible again receiving fresh revelation as I go through it.

Journaling: Day One

Day One is still my number one journaling app. Each year Day One gets better and better. I am a digital journal guy so I enjoy the ease of use and clean design of Day One.

Day One

With this journaling app I add images, tag entries and print it all at the end of the year. In addition, I enter journal entries from my iPad and iPhone, and Day One keeps everything sync’d across all my digital platforms. For the record, I do use my paper journal for brainstorming and creative thinking. At this point, Day One is a Mac and iOS only product.

Goals: Evernote

Like most people, I’ve never really had much trouble getting before the Lord and coming up with goals I felt He wanted me to accomplish. The problem came with executing those goals effectively and efficiently throughout the year.

Just a few weeks ago, I came across a unique goal-setting program from Michael Hyatt. As you can see in the image below the goal is strengthened by key motivations, next actions and progress reports.

Evernote Goal Sheet

The biggest hangups I face in getting goals accomplished are focus and losing sight of the “why” of the goal. When you fill out the goal sheet and keep it in front of you on a daily (or weekly) basis, you stay on track with the goal because you now have both the focus and motivation you need. This keeps the goal moving forward to completion.

So far this new system is working great.

Michael uses Evernote to put all this together and I’m doing the same, but anyone can take this idea and use whatever tool they want i.e. Word, Pages or simply paper.

If you are interested in checking the system out head over to this post on Evernote’s Blog. Also, you might want to look into Michael’s program for goal setting entitled “Your Best Year Ever”.

Question: Is there anything you would add to this list? What tools are you using?

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  1. Todd Lout Jan 13, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    What a great, practical article, bro. Thanks for the tips here.

    1. Greg Simas Jan 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Hope it helped, Todd. Blessings!

  2. Sarah Jan 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Pastor Greg, do you use any Bible Commentaries for your personal Bible Study? I’m looking for something with some scholarship, some historical perspective and some depth. Do you like Thomas Nelson’s ‘The Preacher’s Commentary’? I like your Bible studies very much. Blessings to you.

    1. Greg Simas Jan 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you, Sarah. When it comes to Bible Study I go a completely different direction. I use the Bible Study Software called Logos Bible Software. I use the equivalent of the Diamond Version or higher.
      I really cannot begin to tell you about Logos so it’s best that you research it for yourself when you find the time. Amazing program that is rich in history, original languages and depth. It includes many scholarly commentaries. The primary commentary I use is The Expositors Bible Commentary in Logos. I hope this helps!


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