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A quick tour of my Tinderbox Daybook

I’ve been keeping a “Daybook” using Tinderbox since at least 2008. My Daybook is basically a collection of outlines and notes. Here’s a quick overview.

The main sections are:

  • Daybook – This is a daily log/journal, organized by month
  • Meal Log – I log what I eat, when, the type of meal, and a quality score
  • Media Log – I record books read and movies watched
  • Weight log – Most days I enter my weight.

At the end of each month I export the Daybook outline for the month as Markdown, which I also then convert to PDF and print. From there it gets punched and put into a 3-ring binder.

There’s a simple dashboard “Map” view showing aggregate metrics.

Tinderbox lets me add any metadata I want to notes. For example, the Media Log contains the following:

  • StartDate – When I started a book or watched a film
  • EndDate – When I finished a book or film
  • Rating – I rate things on a scale with 1 (I didn’t care for it), 2 (It was fine), and 3 (I enjoyed it)
  • Media Type – Currently this is either Book or Movie. I thought would include Podcast and TV but have not done that
  • URL – Usually a link to Goodreads or Letterboxd
  • Authors – Book author
  • BookTitle – Full title of the book
  • PublicationYear – Year of release
  • ISBN – for books
  • Genre – Fiction or Non-fiction

Outline titles can show not only the note’s title, but any other metadata as well.

The thing about all this is that with minimal input, I can get all sorts of interesting output and insights. I’ve tried other ways of keeping a Daybook like this but nothing has come close to the utility and flexibility of Tinderbox.

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