I’m working on a doctorate in history and I’m constantly failing to keep my life organized. I thought JD wasn’t going to work for me at first because I could not figure out how to fit reading notes into it in a wholistic way. The flatfile-type approach on the keeping notes page (one note per AC.ID number) isn’t going to work for me because I need to take reading notes on thousands of sources plus meetings and prewrites, and everything else. Those notes must be handled by the same method as any notes about the system itself because I don’t want to have one note system for my reading and another note system for JD.
My setup isn’t totally JDetic (JDonic? JDastic?), but I think I’ve solved almost all my problems with a really simple modification: an AC.ID or PRO.AC.ID number can be either a folder or a markdown file but not both. In that case folders XXX.YY.00 can contain 99 notes corresponding to the XXX.YY.ZZ notes in the simplenote example from the tutorial. Meanwhile,
XXX.Y0.00 note title.md and
XX0.Y0.00 another note title.md replace folders at those addresses with notes about the system, as I did below with
00.00 index.md. This also lets me access mid-level information without having to expand folders in a tree view that only have one file (as in
11.05 contacts.md below, which has names, addresses, and phone numbers of people and institutions that get repeated on many applications). The whole thing can sit in an obsidian vault for extended note-taking tools and I can interact with the tree through a programming editor like emacs or sublime text to handle every file in the system.
My intention is also to set this up so it can roll into one of @ks84’s 100-series project numbers from a previous post about JD for professors without interfering with the organizational scheme. For instance, I have a category for teaching assistantships here but they aren’t in a “teaching” area so there isn’t conceptual overlap with a potential future project range called “teaching” for courses I’m organizing myself.
What do you all think?
00-09 meta 00 documentation 00.00 index.md 10-19 applications and funding 11 application materials 11.01 cv 11.02 student evals 11.03 contacts.md 12 fellowships 20-29 coursework and exams 30-39 reading notes 31 sci med tech 31.01 history of physics author1_author2__year_title.md 32 novels 33 workshops and summer schools 40-49 research and writing 50-59 people stuff 50 meta 50.01 people to contact.md 51 meetings 52 presentations 52.01 conference talks 53 teaching assistantships 53.01 2_1_2017aut_professor_abcXXX