The .ideas file
The best way to a good idea is to have lots of ideas. Linus Pauling
If you're a regular terminal user, chances are you've had a stroke of inspiration while your command prompt was up.
I find plain text in Markdown to be the quickest way to record these spontaneous ideas. Here's one way to do it:
Create a hidden file called
.ideas.md in your home directory.
$ touch ~/.ideas.md
Add an alias to your
.zshrc file so you can open the file quickly
alias idea="subl ~/.ideas.md" # for Sublime Text users
alias idea="vim ~/.ideas.md" # for Vim users
Now when you have an idea, just type
at the command line to open up the
.ideas.md file in your text editor.
What you put in this file is up to you. Mine looks something like this:
~/.ideas.md # Software - doomed startup idea 1 - some feature for an open-source project - doomed startup idea 2 - ... # Blog posts - the .ideas file - stuff about nothing... - ...
You can do this for todo lists, schedules, or any other text document that you open regularly.
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