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Combining org-mode and bullet journals: what works?

#1

Hey y’all!

This isn’t directly beeminder related but I thought I’d ask anyway since I presume that organizational nerds are over-represented among us beeminder folks.

So, yeah, over the years I’ve shifted back and forth between bullet journals and org-mode files as my primary organization. They both have their pros and cons and I was wondering if anyone around here actually has a workflow combining both written notes and org-mode files?

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#2

I’m not totally sure I understand the question, but https://getrocketbook.com/pages/how-it-works has a smart scanner app that OCRs the stuff from your notebook and you pre-configure it to know how to upload to N different places (e.g. Dropbox, Drive, etc.) and then it will upload to whichever places you had circled at the bottom of the page you scanned.

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#3

@clarissalittler is talking about https://orgmode.org, a glorified to-do-list and whatnot in emacs.

#4

Er, yeah, I thought we were talking about how to get notes from a physical journal into an electronic form.

#5

not wanting to derail this thread but I’m a fellow rocket book owner myself and being frustrated with the optical quality of the “scans” I cobbled together something that takes that photo and vectorises your hand written notes and then outputs it as either SVG or PDF I think. But I never made it into some polished app or anything. It did work though.

#6

Yeah so my question was less on things like ocr than hearing what workflows work for people who use both.

Like has anybody tried keeping a master index org file for the contents of physical notes? Use the agenda view to populate hand drawn calendars? Things like that.

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#7

Bump! It’s a good question, one that I’ve not cracked either. How to combine digital and analog productivity/reference systems…

I’m not an emacs user, but certainly my most successful productivity systems have been on paper, with the ever-present seduction of going digital. Somehow, for me, electronic lists have never stuck, devolving until they become write-only systems. Conversely, I keep notes almost entirely electronically these days, and have a stack of must-index-one-day notebooks gathering dust.

My best integration so far has been to use electronic systems to manage periodic reminders, recurring tasks, actual deadlines, commits.to etc. For a long while, these reminders took the form of “add X to the list”, rather than needing me to actually work from the electronic copy.

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#8

Very relatable! I used to love using org-mode but there ended up being two problems: after a few years the files became, as you said, write-only systems. I couldn’t easily go back through them and look over old ideas or take stock of what I’d been doing. The other problem is that I’d have a lot of ideas or do writing away from the computer and it’d be a pain to keep it synchronized with my org-files. The latter wouldn’t have been such a big deal if the former hadn’t meant that I kept getting losing track of where I wanted things.

I’ll update this thread after I’ve tried some workflows to report back what it was like.

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