This goes over how I structure my daily journals in Dendron.
I use the following template for my daily notes
--- ... me: work: --- ## 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
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
## Events - [8:20 am] w.admin: - [8:23 am] p.dendron: - [8:26 am] pe.ilana: - [8:59 am] p.dendron: - [12:00 pm] pe.social: - [[Mike|meet.journal.2020.09.25.mike]] - [12:44 pm] pe.ilana: - [1:06 pm] h.health: - nap - [1:20 pm] p.dendron: - [3:02 pm] h.health: - 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: