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[Orgmode] How to combine the analogue (Moleskine) world with digital (or

From: Torsten Wagner
Subject: [Orgmode] How to combine the analogue (Moleskine) world with digital (org-mode) world ?
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 23:09:27 +0900

Dear all,

I really tried hard over the last year to use org-mode as much as
possible. It was already mentioned that, due to the incredible
org-mode features, this becomes fast more a religious rather then a
working task. Thus, my work flow changed more and more to a org-mode
flow. And now they even start this babel thing.... ;)

I'm very very happy with this.

However, not all my work is just in front of a computer. And the world
is until know still analogue with sometimes even more analogue
colleagues ;). Often I get some appointments or something I like to
write down "on the way", at the bus, during the coffee-break, etc. I
can make some notes on a piece of scratch papers and try to add them
later to my org-mode system. But you know... no paper... no pen...
lost the scratch paper... no time to transfer it to the PC etc. For
many reasons this does not work well for me.
I tried to a portable version of emacs+org-mode on my PDA. This works
well, since it is a clamshell keyboard based PDA (Sharp Zaurus). For
me this is still a bit ineffective compared to a paper and pen
solution since it would require to sync home- , work-place and the PDA
constantly (e.g., by using git). However, my PDA is not on-line most
of the time, due to the lack of wireless access points. And murphys
law always make sure it run out of juice whenever I need it really

Thus, today I bought one of these moleskine paper organizers (no
advertisement, all other organizers would be nice as well). I hope to
have it always with me and to use it in all this cases where I do not
have access to org-mode ( I'm still waiting that someone comes up with
a org-mode-brain interface).

My question is now. What would be the best way to combine the
moleskine and org-mode ? Does someone have experience  with a paper
based and digital mixture system? One of my ideas was to print out the
weekly or monthly agenda as small as possible and just attach it to
the molenskine (it has a little card holder at the back). This would
allow me to check what is in my org-mode agenda. However, I would
still have two independent systems.

What I'am looking for is a smart way to keep both in sync and that
without big hassle. It has to be something which does the job quite
quick thus I will do it directly e.g., every morning before starting
work... instead of pushing and pushing it away from me. Thought maybe
I simply mark the entries in the paper version whether I added them to
org-mode already or not and create a tag in org-mode for the vice
versa reason.

Any ideas and experience would be welcome.

Best Greetings


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