Hey everyone! I’ve just started experimenting with a way to use CANVAS to visualize my month.
I use Periodic Notes and have Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly notes. I use it mostly for work related stuff since there are tons of things to remember and millions of meetings… This is how I’ve structured the canvas.
The main idea is that this would be a template for each month. Where you have your Monthly note at center (In my case I’ve narrowed the scope to the Month Summary). Branching out from that you have the weekly notes for that month, also narrowed the scope to the Week Summary. And finally from those I branch out to each individual Daily note. Those I narrow the scope to the meeting log, since that is where I log everything that I do on the day.
The cool thing is that I think this is going to vastly improve how I author my week and month summaries, as I can have all the context of the month at a glance!
What do you think? I apologize in advance if someone has already had this idea but I thought it was quite a good use of the new CANVAS plugin. I’m really looking forward to quality of life improvements and other canvas specific plugins that help the creation of templates and things like that with CANVAS in mind! Anyway if anyone finds this interesting I’m happy to share my templates for daily/weekly/monthly/yearly notes as I’ve been refining them over a year and a half.
So at the moment I don’t think you can do a canvas template per se. I’ve just been using this and copy pasting to a new canvas. And then every day I’ll use the Swap File Function in canvas to grab that day’s note:
I’m pretty sure Canvas templates will be a thing, eiter by it’s own plugin or updates to the templater plugin eventually
@antulik yes the circular organisation was more how it came out, but I agree it’s not ideal.
I’m planning on updating at the end of the week when I’ll have the full month of January.
I’ve already done some changes and linked the yearly template that I started which is much more linear.
The thing that’s been great so far is that I’ve been expanding the note in the canvas to show all the content from my daily log. And that had given me a lot more context of what I was doing past days and weeks.
Also since at the top of my list I have my tasks rolling over I’ve split that into its own note and then created 3 cards in canvas for upcoming tasks, due today and done today as a sort of a task dashboard.
Will update soon, but it’s nice to see what you’ve done!
A TODAY red card that I used as a pointer to visually see which was today’s daily note
I ended up resizing each daily note to display the full content at the end of the day which meant that I didn’t need to select the note and scroll to see a hidden bit. This was at the expense of aesthetics but it was well worth it as it became one of my favourite aspects of this workflow
Having everything all together I found myself only opening the January 2023 canvas every day instead of my daily note. This allowed me to have the previous days notes ready at a glance, and that allowed me to start the day faster as I could see where I left off the previous days.
Having the weekly and monthly note also available in the canvas allowed for adding the Weekly and Monthly Summaries as they were happening. So at the end of the week the summary was mostly done and I only needed to give it a once-over
Not being able to automate some aspects made updating the canvas a bit tedious.
I ended up doing it once every week. I would manually have to add that weeks notes one by one and manually narrow the scope of each note to the meeting log.
I look forward to new CANVAS plugins that allow for templating or mult-selection actions to speed up these processes and make workflows that rely on structure and naming conventions using canvas, more robust.
As @antulik pointed out, the "Clock Design" that I posted in the original post isn’t perfect or ideal. With months that have 5 weeks the symmetry disappears and the layout isn’t too pretty.
It is true though that I felt quite free to structure the notes in this infinity canvas style and moving my today card as well as my Task Dashboard Group around made each week feel fresh and new.
At the end of the day the structure isn’t important to copy as you should use the structure that works for you
Like everything related with personal workflows this is how I’ve done it and it won’t work for most people, but I thought sharing my experience with it might help some people discover a new way to interact with your daily notes, and take full advantage of them.
Personally I loved working like this and will continue to do this for the next months since one thing that I lacked with the normal workflow of periodic notes is having the context of multiple notes ready at a glance, since I wasn’t a fan of having multiple tabs open with multiple daily notes.
(a bit later than I wanted but here is the full update)
Yes, this isn’t for everyone for sure. The one thing that I was missing with the traditional periodic notes workflow is keeping what I had done previous days or weeks in the front of my mind.
It’s easy when it’s tasks because it’s easy to bring them on from previous days. But for me the little nuggets of knowledge that you write each day were getting lost.
To be fair I hadn’t consistently gotten into the habit of doing weekly/monthly/yearly reviews until the end of 2022. Then when I did the whole year, week by week, month by month, I realised all these little things that I missed.
That’s why for me this way helps keep info right and center throughout the month and helps migrate those nuggets into weekly/monthly sumaries with less friction.