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Re: [Orgmode] Providing clock context when stopping the clock (enhanceme
Re: [Orgmode] Providing clock context when stopping the clock (enhancement request)
Sun, 7 Sep 2008 08:29:57 +0200
the latest git version implements your request. Thanks!
On Aug 8, 2008, at 5:25 PM, Peter Frings wrote:
summary: provide the context of the running clock in the note buffer
when clocking out.
I might not be doing well in the 'getting organized' department,
because I often forget what I was doing... :-) So I have a little
enhancement request that would make my life a little easier...
Here's the situation: I have org-log-note-clock-out set so I can
enter a little note about what it was I was doing. Now, I often get
interrupts while banging away at the keyboard (not necessarily in
emacs). Often, I don't get the time (or I simply forget) to switch
to emacs, clock out and describe what I was doing. Especially not
when someone is standing next to me jumping up and down in a very
So, when I return to my desk, maybe a hour later, I need to enter
the interrupt in my time sheets. So I enter a brief note under the
right heading in my time sheet, clock in, and org-mode of course
first wants me first to clock out. It prompts me for what I was
doing... and I don't know anymore (it's not uncommon to work on
several different things during a single day, interrupting one
interrupt for another -- and sometimes getting a stack overflow...).
So there I am, staring at the clock-out note buffer, trying to
remember what the heck I was doing before I got interrupted. Now,
org-mode helpfully mentions the time on which the active clock was
started, which is nice, but not enough. It would be *really* helpful
when it would show the heading (maybe context) of the running clock,
right there, in the note buffer, staring at my face.
I know one can first jump to the active clock, read it, and then
proceed to clock out/in. But you wouldn't need to do all that when
the note buffer shows the context, would you? It sure would help me.
Does this make sense?
Peter -- who is still learning org-mode, and appreciating it a lot!
BTW: there's a small typo in the description of org-log-note-clock-
"Non-nil means, recored a note when ..."
 slightly off-topic: this is similar to what Don Norman (in "The
Psychology of Everyday Things") refers as 'knowledge in the world'
versus 'knowledge in the brain'. The more info and context a system
provides, the less the user has to remember, and the easier it is
for him to use the system.
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