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Bullet Journaling

Bullet journalling is a way of quickly getting your thoughts down for the day. In many ways, its more akin to a GTD and task management than traditional journalism.

Kevin’s Workflow

Features Used

Create Daily Journal Notes Command

The daily journal helps you keep a journal for each day of the year. By default, it will create the journal under daily.{date} though this is configurable by setting the dendron.dailyJournalDomain.

You can create a daily journal using > Dendron: Create Daily Journal Note or Cmd+Shift+I shortcut.

Sibling Navigation Command

  • shortcuts:
    • mac: cmd+shift+right
    • key: ctrl+shift+right
    • when: editorFocus

Go to the next sibling

Schema Templates

a template you can apply to all notes that match this schema. See Schema Templates for more details.

  # identifier for the template (for a note based template, it would be the name of the note)
  id: journal.template.daily
  # what sort of template we are creating. currently, only 'note' is supported
  type: note

VSCode Commands

Move Editor Command

You can move vscode tabs using the following builtin commands:

  • View: Move Editor Into Next Group
  • View: Move Editor Into Previous Group

They are mapped on to the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • mac: cmd+ctrl+left|right

This is helpful for looking at your notes side by side.

Pinning Tabs

You can pin tabs in VSCode by right clicking on a tab and selecting Pin Tab.

The latest VSCode lets you control pin behavior for tabs. It’s not currently documented as of 2020.09.28 but as of the latest insider build, it has a few different options to control the pinned behavior.

  • options:
    • normal (default), normal tab size with a pin icon
    • shrink: reduced tab size with some text visible
    • compact: only icon visible
"workbench.editor.pinnedTabSizing": "shrink"

Zen Mode

VSCode can be visually noisy. You can hide most of the UI by toggling Zen Mode with a three panel layout.

The following setting overrides are useful:

// by default, zen mode will open a new "workspace" which I don't like
"zenMode.fullScreen": false,
// I'm a vim user so I like my line numbers
"zenMode.hideLineNumbers": false,

To navigate tabs and look at the breadcrumb outline, You can use the following commands

workbench.action.showAllEditors -> (no shortcut by default, consider mapping to ctrl + t)
breadcrumbs.focusAndSelect -> cmd + t

You can see a video of this workflow in the video below.

Always show preview of md being edited

Set the following option in your workspace settings

"markdown-preview-enhanced.automaticallyShowPreviewOfMarkdownBeingEdited": true,


  • Update your settings to the following
// The following settings will only apply to markdown files:
  "[markdown]": {
    // quickSuggestions true will provide suggestions as you type.
    // If you turn this on and DO NOT want suggestions
    // for non-wiki-link, non-tag words,
    "editor.quickSuggestions": true,
    // This is poorly documented, but seems to offer suggestions
    // from any word in open document when turned on, which
    // can be a little distracting in markdown docs:
    "editor.wordBasedSuggestions": false,
    "editor.tabSize": 2,
    // Set this to false if you turn on quickSuggestions
    // but don't want suggestions for markdown related snippets
    // as you type:
    "editor.suggest.showSnippets": false,


Always have the preview open

You can add the following setting to your workspace to always have a markdown editor show up with your content.

"markdown-preview-enhanced.automaticallyShowPreviewOfMarkdownBeingEdited": true,