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Daily Journals

This goes over how I structure my daily journals in Dendron.

I use the following template for my daily notes


## Checklist
- [ ] journal
- [ ] email
- [ ] slack

## Thoughts

## Mantra

## Grateful

## Tasks

## Events

## Plus

## Minus

## Next
- --- morning
- --- noon
- --- evening

An explanation of fields:



I use this to track how I feel I've done work wise, from a 0-2 rating. 0 means I've done no work whatsoever, 2 means I've spent +5h doing productive work on Dendron


I use this to track if I've taken care of myself (eg. take breaks, exercise, spent time with friends and family, etc)

0 means I've not spent any time on self care, +2 means I feel rejuvenated and recovered more than I worked today.



use this section for free form writing when I wake up in the morning


usually have something that I like to focus on for a period of time.


this is my gratefullness journal. top three things I'm grateful for. I try to be specific:

I'm grateful for my health

This is generic and I can just copy and paste this without thinking about it

I'm grateful that I can walk without pain

This is more specific and refers to the fact that I had a bad tendon issue that prevented me from running for a year.


I use this to track things I do for the day. Most of my tasks relate to Dendron which I track in a separate journal so this is for personal tasks. Use github flavored markdown format


use this for a high level overview of how my day went


list out things that went well


list out things that could be better


remind me of items that I should get to the next day, broken into sections

additional notes

I used to be a lot more into time tracking back in the days when I was consulting. Since I've stopped to work full time on Dendron, it didn't make sense to record my time as closely and it was just causing overhead which is why I switched to the 0-2 system.

Below is how my events section used to look when I did time tracking. I used aTimeLoggr to track on my iOS device and had a script to scrape my daily times to my journal so I had a daily log of what I did at what time.

I grouped different areas by the following prefixes:

  • w: work - work I don't like doing
  • p: projects - work I want to be doing
  • pe: people - spending time with people
  • h: hobby - doing stuff that I enjoyed

Depending on the day, I might add links or details to other things that happened in the day. Below is an actual entry from 2020.09.25.

## Events
- [8:20 am] w.admin:
- [8:23 am] p.dendron:
- [8:26 am] pe.ilana:
- [8:59 am] p.dendron:
- [12:00 pm]
    - [[Mike|meet.journal.2020.09.25.mike]]
- [12:44 pm] pe.ilana:
- [1:06 pm]
    - nap
- [1:20 pm] p.dendron:
- [3:02 pm]
    - run
        - run 6 laps around track
- [3:53 pm] pe.networking:
    - [[Basb|meet.journal.2020.09.25.basb]]
    - [[Jeff|meet.journal.2020.09.25.jeff]]
- [5:42 pm] w.admin:
- [5:53 pm] pe.ilana:
    - dinner
- [6:21 pm] h.break:
    - play game
- [7:12 pm] h.break:
- [7:28 pm] p.dendron:
    - work
- [8:13 pm] pe.ilana: