# Intro

Lately I have been looking into journaling again. I am working on my 5 minute journal for a while now, but I wanted to extend it. As a coincidence, my friend “watts” pointed out his solution and I have jumped into it.

# Journaling

1. LaTeX
2. Vim
3. UltiSnips
4. vimtex

## Stoic quotes

5 minute journal displays a random stoic quote for every day. To emulate that we can use the fortune program with additional stoic quotes, found here.

% git clone https://github.com/npankaj365/stoic-fortune.git
% sudo cp stoic-quotes* /opt/local/share/games/fortune
% fortune stoic-quotes
Epictetus Quotes
What decides whether a sum of money is good? The money is not going to tell you; it must be the faculty that makes use of such impressions – reason.
Discourses I, 1.5


## UltiSnips

~/.vim/UltiSnips/tex.snippets

snippet journal "Journal" b
%-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\begin{loggentry}{date +%d/%m/%Y}{$1} \subsection{Morning} fortune stoic-quote \paragraph{I am grateful for...} \begin{enumerate} \item$2
\item $3 \item$4
\end{enumerate}

\paragraph{What would make today great?}
\begin{enumerate}
\item $5 \item$6
\item $7 \end{enumerate} \paragraph{Daily affirmations. I am...}$8

\subsection{Evening}

\paragraph{Three amazing things that happened today...}
\begin{enumerate}
\item $9 \item$10
\item $11 \end{enumerate} \paragraph{How could I have made today even better?}$12

\subsection{Daily thoughts}
$0 \end{loggentry} endsnippet  TODO: Random stoic quote from fortune package could be formatted better. I edited the UltiSnips shortcuts a bit: ~/.vimrc ... let g:UltiSnipsExpandTrigger = '<tab>' let g:UltiSnipsJumpForwardTrigger = '<tab>' let g:UltiSnipsJumpBackwardTrigger = '<s-tab>' let g:UltiSnipsEditSplit="vertical" ...  So when you are ready to write a journal entry, open the .tex file and do this: journal<tab>  Then, <tab> will take your cursor to the next part (the $x variables in the UltiSnips config) and shift+tab will take you one step back.

## vimtex

• \ll builds the pdf file.
• \lv open pdf and forward search
• \ll \lk stop compilation
• \le parse error log
• \lc clean aux files
• \lC clean pdf files

## git

Great idea is to use a local git repository to track changes. Here is a handy .gitignore file:

*.aux
*.glo
*.idx
*.log
*.toc
*.ist
*.acn
*.acr
*.alg
*.bbl
*.blg
*.dvi
*.glg
*.gls
*.ilg
*.ind
*.lof
*.lot
*.maf
*.mtc
*.mtc1
*.out
*.synctex.gz
.DS_Store
*.fls
*.fdb_latexmk