I’m releasing 0.1 of Journal, a simple Python CLI tool to help with keeping a journal for work/personal stuff! Inspired by Peter Lyons' article on career development, I decided to write up a script to help manage things.
The idea from Lyons' article is to keep a chronological log of everything you do at your job. This mirrors my own experiences with working so far: keeping meticulously notes of what I’m doing is always helpful and not too much extra work, since I always carry a notebook around with me for this purpose. Now I can keep things digital!
The script is located on Github here: https://github.com/askedrelic/journal
You can install with:
$ pip install journal
The journal command should now be available on your command line and you can journal like so:
$ journal "Task foo completed"
~/.journal/[CURRENT DATE].txt file will be created using the current date, with a timestamp and your entry. Just continue to enter your tasks through the days and weeks and build a record of your work.
For interest, here was my progression of work in creating this tool:
Creating a journal using Bash isn’t really that hard (bsd style for OSX):
$ echo -e `date`"\n-work completed\n" >> ~/`date "+%Y-%m-%d.txt"`
I looked for existing projects that may have already solved this problem.
I found work_log, a Ruby script more oriented for tracking time. I got some good ideas for how the CLI interface should work, but this program didn’t quite solve my problem.
There are existing blogging solutions, but a blog is heavy-weight and mostly something you manage through the web. I prefer KISS and keeping things on the console.
Then I rolled my own!