Some tips for learning Org Mode for Emacs

When I learn something new, I always find myself wishing there was some kind of map to help me figure out where to start, how to track progress, and what to learn next. So now I’m making them. Here’s one for learning Org Mode, a popular outline/TODO/everything-else mode for the Emacs text editor. You can probably figure out the relevant manual sections to read based on the keywords, but feel free to ask in the comments if you need more help.

2014-01-07 Map for learning Org Mode for Emacs

Map for Learning Org Mode for Emacs

Here’s another short guide with suggestions for evolving your Org file organization:

2014-01-09 Tips for organizing your Org-mode files

Tips for organizing your Org-mode files

And here’s the one-page cheat sheet I made before helping someone dig into tracking time with Org. It’s a great way to measure your time on specific tasks.

2014-01-06 Tracking time with Org mode

Tracking time with Org Mode

Eventually I’ll get around to writing/drawing a book on thinking with Emacs. If you want it to happen, keep asking questions! =)

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  • sr

    Thanks! Would you have a freeplane file for “Map for Learning Org Mode for Emacs”? Not sure about freeplane/freemind, but kdissert allows for graphs and vertices ordering.

    • sachac

      Not yet, but feel free to make one based on the map above. =) I’ve updated the blog post to note that the sketch (like practically all of my other ones) are available under the Creative Commons Attribution license, so feel free to remix/reshare!

      • JayDugger

        I have such a map. Speak up if you want it.

  • Brett Witty

    That’s a really nice lay of the land for Org!

    • Sacha Chua

      Thanks! What else should I make a map of? I’ve got Emacs Lisp on my list.

  • D

    Thank you! Best overview I have seen of orgmode so far. Looking forward to your book.

  • Matthew Boston

    Thanks for this. Org Mode and deft are a match made in heaven.

    • sachac

      Ooh. I can see that working for lots of small files. Is that how you use it, or does it work with larger structures too?

      • Matthew Boston

        It works great for a lot of smaller files. Nice to keep notes of different projects and clients separate.

        • JayDugger

          Have either of you assigned your deft directory such that it overlaps with your org-agenda-files?

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