April 15, 2024
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Ninja Organisation Skills

Wow I came across this amazing blog post from Alan Batt this evening ! Talk about a whole other level of ninja organisation skills … I’m so envious !

I’m not sure I will ever get to this level of cleverness but this does give me some inspiration that I might just manage to get some stuff sorted out !

Really interesting to see that Alan drafts stuff in Scrivener and then moves across into word when he is pretty much there (sometimes after 7 drafts) and then put a references in. Having experimented with Scrivener this week I have found the whole references aspect a bit of a pain.

My current workflow is a bit all over the place as I am still getting into my stride. You would think that having done the first few years of a PhD that I would have it all worked out by now but I’m still struggling.

My problem is I’m always looking for the perfect solution and of course there isn’t one which means I end up being a bit of a magpie fluttering towards the next shiny thing.

I have experimented so far with …

  • Google docs
  • Word
  • Evernote
  • Menderley
  • Zotero
  • Scrivener
  • Notion.ai
  • One Note

And these are just the ones I can think of at the top of my head … I’ve hit a whole new world of pain with my experimentation with some of these things …

I really must try and document my workflow but I keep changing how I do things so it’s a bit tricky (which by the way is definitely NOT the way to do things )

At the moment I am trying out Scrivener (thanks to encouragement from Sandra Flynn) to draft stuff and then compiling this into word to tidy up and add in references. I really like some of the features of scrivener like being able move stuff around easily and I love the word count targets etc.

The ‘compiling’ into word feature also seems to work well , although I wonder how feasible this will be going forward as I incorporate feedback etc as it seems to break the Menderley citations link when moving stuff in and out of scrivener …Hmmm … time will tell

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