Like a lot of people, I have to submit a monthly “bullet” report, listing the things I’ve done in the previous month.
Since I use Org-Mode for planning, scheduling, and organizing tool (or rather: I tend to throw a bunch of notes into a file and tell this love child of a day planner and a wiki to tell me what I should do next), I figured I should use that.
I could use the timeline feature (C-c a L), but that only works for the current buffer, and I want a report that covers all buffers, just like the agenda.
What I’ve done in the past is to use C-c a a to get the agenda view, go back a month, toggle displaying completed/archived/whatever items, and go through that to make my bullet list.
But I finally got around to encapsulating that into a single M-x bullet command:
; Make it easier to generate bullets for $BOSS (defvar bullet-entry-types '(:closed) "Org-mode agenda types that we want to see in the monthly bullet report See `org-agenda-entry-types'." ) (defun bullets () "Show a list of achievements for the past month, for monthly reports. Uses `org-agenda'. " (interactive) (require 'org-agenda) ; All we're doing here, really, is calling `org-agenda' with ; arguments giving a start date and a number of days. But to do ; that, we need to figure out ; - the date of the first of last month ; - the number of days in last month (let* ((now (current-time)) ; Figure out when last month was. Assuming that I run this ; close to the beginning of a month, then `now' minus two ; weeks was some time in the previous month. We can use that ; to extract the year and month that we're interested in. (2weeks-ago (time-subtract now (days-to-time 14))) ; We'll also need to know when the first of this month was, ; to find out how long last month was. If today is the 12th ; of the month, then the first of the month was `now' minus ; 11 days. (1st-of-this-month (time-subtract now (days-to-time (- (nth 3 (decode-time now)) 1)))) ; Ditto to find the first of last month. (1st-of-last-month (time-subtract 2weeks-ago (days-to-time (- (nth 3 (decode-time 2weeks-ago)) 1)))) ; The length of last month is the difference (in days) ; between the first of last month, and the first of this ; month. (len-last-month (time-to-number-of-days (time-subtract 1st-of-this-month 1st-of-last-month))) (start-date (decode-time 1st-of-last-month)) (start-year (nth 5 start-date)) ; Year number (start-mon (nth 4 start-date)) ; Month number ; Restrict the agenda to only those types of entries we're ; interested in. I think this takes advantage of dynamic ; scoping, which is normally an abomination unto the lord, ; but is useful here. (org-agenda-entry-types bullet-entry-types) ) ; Create an agenda with the stuff we've prepared above (org-agenda-list nil (format "%04d-%02d-01" start-year start-mon) len-last-month) ))
I hope this proves useful to someone.