I have recently been asked several times how I use ConnectedText. The answer is that I use it in many ways. Usually, I have at least five projects open. (Perhaps better: I always have at least five projects open.) They are respectively called: Journal, Notes, Personal, Planner, and Writing. They represent different focal points of my life, but they are also interconnected.
The journal is perhaps the simplest project. I use it to keep a log to document (for myself) how I spent my day and as a jumping off point for other projects.
It consists almost exclusively of date topics, i.e. topics that look like this in the editor: "[]" and like this as topic names: "10/11/2013". You might think that "20131010" is too obscure, but it really isn't. It's just a concatenation of year, month, day and you get used to it very quickly. Using this format makes it easy to address any topic in your journal very easy.
Every topic starts with the day, written in bold, like so: **Saturday, October 12, 2013**. Underneath is a simple log, like so:
07:00 got up, breakfast
07:30 prepare Philosophy 245
10:30 blog entry [[Notes:How to Keep a Journal in ConnectedText]]
10:30 go to the office
11:00 Philosophy 310
((Philosophy 310, Fall 2013==(($TOPICDATE))))
12:30 Philosophy 245
((Philosophy 245, Fall 2013==(($TOPICDATE))))
14:00 office hours
15:00 write [[Writing:Hume Introduction]]
16:30 go home
I should point out that the log entries are preceded by a space (and thus constitute separate lines without a carriage return). You will also note that there are links to topics in other projects that allow you to go to the precise topic you are (or were) working on. Thus, you have not just a record of when you did what, but can easily navigate to what you were working on.
Expressions like "((Philosophy 245, Fall 2013==(($TOPICDATE))))" include a line from the course outline for the particular day. They tell me what we are actually reading or discussing for that particular day. Thus it shows up like this in view mode: " * Leibniz, Discourse on Method, pp. 224-234 [Edit]". (I should point out that a line with this expression cannot have a space as the first character.) The relevant lines in the topic that is included look like this:
* Leibniz, Discourse on Method, pp. 234-247
It is possible to have many such topics which automate routine tasks in your journal.
This is really it. It's simple, yet it is effective. In fact, it follows the approach of "Do the simplest thing that will do the work." There are no categories, properties, attributes, or any other complications in this project. There could be, but you do not necessarily need them. Sould I want them at some point, I could always introduce them. (I should perhaps add that I have a number Breevy abbreviations that all me to enter the date, etc., but this is not really part of this topic.) Negotiating to different days in the journal is easy, if you have not disabled "show the calendar in view mode" in options.
So, if you want to keep a journal, ConnectedText will allow you to do it in style. And if you don't know how to use ConnectedText, you might want to keep a journal or day book in this way.
This is what the entry would look like in view mod:
1. Does my journal contain other observations, thoughts, reflections? Of course, it does. But I will not share this. The same goes for for properties, etc.