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One step up from this (if you’re a vim user) is vimwiki.

But it really doesn’t matter what you use, the real benefit comes from having a process/habit of continuous review.




Yes, I retired Evernote when I discovered Vimwiki. I keep wondering, though, am I shortchanging myself by not using org. mode? But I don't know emacs and I am not sure whether it makes sense to make such a costly transition.


Depends. For just checklists org-mode is overkill, I use a few custom shortcuts in Vim for that.

But org-mode also has a couple additional features like time tracking and a way to generate summarised tables based on that tracking, or the agenda. Either way learning Emacs just for org-mode is probably only a good idea if you really want to use the features coming with it in one package.


That's appealing. I have been tracking my time in toggl for years.


There is a danger in making things too complicated. You reduce the number of systems you can access it on, and you increase the complexity of just doing basic stuff.

Humanity made a huge number of advancements using just simple paper and ink.


I used vimwiki. Switched over to Org a couple years ago and I really like the change. If you use Spacemacs and Evil mode you should feel pretty at home.

Easiest way to get started with org is to start simple. Just use the indented headings and source (code) blocks. Once comfy there you can branch out into tables and todos. Then maybe use the agenda (I personally don’t).

I’ve never had to write elisp or anything other than normal vim commands.

Are you missing anything? Probably not. Depends on how in depth you want to get. But, I’ve done the transition and thought it was positive. :)


I tried vimwiki and it's really cool. However I couldn't get to "one step up" because it was so vim-specific and I didn't have access to that on every system I used. As a compromise I decided to lean into editor snippets for personal productivity and automation, since these are available in just about every major editor. The rest of my tools are externalized and called as such from the editor, like pandoc and various little apps and system scripts.


Curious why you don't have vim on every system?


On mobile?


I do have vim on Termux on Android, but it's a pain in the ass to use.


Seconded. This is my day to day tool to take notes, and keep track of what i do thru the diary function.


this. the precise system doesn't seem to matter as much as actually following it for so long.




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