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

From: Jonathan Arkell
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] How to combine the analogue (Moleskine) world with digital (org-mode) world ?
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 11:34:50 -0500

I have been using a combined Paper/org-mode system for awhile now.  i think the 
main thing is to have org as your primary system, and the paper system as a 
collection/rumination point.

whenever I have an incoming action item, and I am nowhere near my computer, I 
add it to an on-going todo list inside of my note-book.  Every morning I have a 
repeating task that is to take everything my notebook, and put it inside of the 
relevant place in org-mode.  Once that is done, I check off that item in my 
todo list in my notebook.  It's not that it is DONE per-sae, but it has been 

I also have a notebook tag, so that if I need to, I can print out an agenda for 
stuffing into my notebook. This is mostly for shopping lists, or things I need 
to spend some time thinking about.  Any action items that come out of that 
would get added to my todo list in my notebook, and then back into the system.

Hope that helps!


Jonathan Arkell
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On Jan 24, 2010, at 7:09 AM, Torsten Wagner wrote:

> 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
> badly...
> 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
> Torsten
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