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As I blogged recently I have been reading the book Atomic Habits and rethought some daily processes in terms of how I approach habits.

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My thoughts on Atomic Habits

Oct, 17 2021
Nov, 30 2021
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Recently I really got into non-fiction books. I picked up a couple of productivity/self-help kind of books along the way. One is Atomic Habits by James Clear.

I won’t go into a “full” book review, nor will I summarize the whole books. There’s probably several websites which already have done so, so I’ll keep this section short. I will split this article in half: First some initial thoughts on the book which stood out to me, and then how I implemented some ideas from the book into my daily life.

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Working with inline fields in Dataview

Sep, 27 2021
Nov, 30 2021

I am using Dataview in Obsidian to create some light automation in Obsidian, similar to what you could do in something like Notion. There’s an inline syntax for settings fields.

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One of my biggest issues with many new productivity tools in the cloud is actually my data privacy when using them. While I would love to play around with fancy new tools like Craft or Roam, I will not put any real work related information in these tools.

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Meeting notes for group meetings

Sep, 24 2021
Nov, 30 2021

In our university, we have regular meetings with all students plus staff and faculty, where we discuss the progress of each research project. For this, I have been taking notes, weekly, summarizing the progress of each project I am co-advising. The way I do so has changed a couple of times over the time. I used to use paper handwritten notes, but then switched to digital handwritten notes when I bought my iPad.

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How I connect DevonThink and Obsidian

Sep, 19 2021
Nov, 30 2021

For knowledgement I am using a combination of Obsidian and DevonThink. Why two apps? Well, I like to keep text notes (mainly “my own thoughts”) and archived materials (both created by myself, but lots of literature, too) seperate.

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Obsidian Breadcrumbs

Sep, 19 2021
Nov, 30 2021

Recently, one of my most valuable Obsidian plugins seems to be Breadcrumbs. The idea is simple: You define a hierarchical relationship of your documents and it will automatically display a hierarchy at the start of the document. I use a Wiki-like setup where I have a “start page” and then several Table of Contents related to different subtopics. In each, I just need to select its parent in the metadata section like this:

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Setup in 2021

Sep, 19 2021
Nov, 30 2021

Currently I am comparatively happy with my app setups, which I basically have finetuned during most of my PhD degree. It will probably change at some point, but well.

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Blog relaunch

Sep, 19 2021
Nov, 30 2021

I started preparing a relaunch of this website. When I started this, I planned an ambitious project to do long-form reviews and app tests, discussing workflows and setups. I wrote a couple of really intense reviews, up to several thousand words each. However, I quickly burned out as this took quite some of my time. This is just a side project as I am a full-time academic, and thus my motivation quickly dropped.

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Exporting Markdown from OmniOutliner

Dec, 14 2018
Nov, 30 2021

Both for my day job as a researcher, as well as for this website, I often prepare papers and articles by first writing an outline. In an outline, it is easy to structure articles, re-arrange sections or subsections.

One of my favorite apps in the past has been OmniOutliner. It can export documents to text, XML, word, and others. Unfortunately, it is missing an exporter to Markdown. Luckily, there is OmniJS, the automation scripting language developed by OmniGroup.

In the following, I will showcase one way to use OmniJS, by creating a Markdown-like document from an outline, and exporting it to another app. The scripts works on both iOS and macOS.

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