Using a Work Diary to Prevent Project Chaos


Do you email work notes to yourself but can't remember when or where you sent them? Have you ever spent hours trying to find a fact or a piece of evidence in your loose collection of text files and Word documents? Have you ever lost a thought entirely because it was never recorded at all?

People who do creative work at home or on the job should keep a work diary for recording things they've done and things they plan to do.

On 11 January 2018 I gave a presentation at the New York Amateur Computer Club monthly meeting, discussing an approach to setting up your own work diary and questions you should ask yourself while picking a software solution. We will explore some ideas for keeping a work diary using a free software application called Zim Desktop Wiki, in particular using its tagging, to-do list, and search features.

Here are my slides:

Here is my recording of the presentation:

The recording is soft and low-res (480p converted from 480i --- all I've got is a 480i camera). It is intelligible and you may find it useful. (If your browser can't play this video, please use the free software media player VLC which should be available on your platform.)

See also: Getting Work Done in Zim also on this blog.


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