April 24, 2020
Since early last year, I’ve started maintaining a work journal, a simple markdown file to keep track of my work throughout the day. It helps when I write out my thoughts, to decide if they actually make sense, and flesh out ideas.
I’ve created a simple bash script to reduce the effort it takes to create a new log entry and make it as easy as entering a word.
It automatically creates a file for that day, if it is not yet created, or gets that day’s file if it exists, and then opens up Vim editor with the current timestamp and in insert mode!
If you think it might he helpful to you, check it out:
homedir="/home/arjun/worklog/" filename=$(date +%Y-%m-%d)".md" title=$(date +%A,\ %b\ %d\ %Y) cd $homedir if [ -e $filename ]; then file_exists=true else echo "# "$title > $filename file_exists=false fi newline_gap='' if [ $file_exists ]; then newline_gap="\n\n" fi echo $newline_gap"## "$(date +%r)"\n- " >> $filename vim '+ normal GA' -c 'startinsert' $filename printf "\033c" fortune | pokemonsay
Don’t forget to add an alias:
$ worklog='sh ~/worklog/create-log.sh'
It is then as simple as typing
You will then see Vim editor opened up, nicely formatted, and in insert mode:
Personal blog by Arjun Munji.
I like to learn things.