Plain text calendar
30 May 2022
The last years I have been moving towards plain text files for almost any use case where I need to store information digitally, and after reading about Calendar.txt I have started to use a plain text file as my calendar. I use (almost) the same template as described in the link, but I wrote my own script for generating the calendar template so I can easily make adjustments if needed. Example of the format with a few example events:
2023-01-02 w1 2023-01-02 w1 Mon 2023-01-03 w1 Tue 12:00 Meeting. 2023-01-04 w1 Wed 2023-01-05 w1 Thu 18:00 Going for a run. 2023-01-06 w1 Fri 2023-01-07 w1 Sat 2023-01-08 w1 Sun 2023-01-09 w2 2023-01-09 w2 Mon 2023-01-10 w2 Tue 2023-01-11 w2 Wed 2023-01-12 w2 Thu Seminar. 2023-01-13 w2 Fri 2023-01-14 w2 Sat 2023-01-15 w2 Sun
I find it quite nice since it integrates well with the rest of my very plain text-oriented workflow, and it's easily synced and managed with git together with the rest of my plain text files (notes, todos, etc). It takes some time to adapt to since the "user interface" is quite different than normal calendar applications, but for those who are familiar with quick navigation in text files (for example using Vim), it can be much more efficient to use a plain text calendar.
I also wrote a small bash script for opening the calendar on the current date in Vim:
today=`date +%Y-%m-%d` vim /path/to/calendar.txt -c "/$today"