Agenda is a powerful ‘thinking tool’ for me. When I’m trying to make sense of something I’m struggling with it’s relative lack of structure makes it a great place to write my thoughts down, organise them and find some meaning.
In particular when I’m working on the very first draft of an article, blog, lesson plan etc. It’s really the stage before the first draft - scoping, deciding what to include, etc.
I do this by writing down the ideas that are floating around in my head - and these generally fall into two categories:
- Content - i.e. the topics I want to include, headings, main points to get across etc.
- Comments - i.e. my thoughts about what I’m putting down. E.g. “this might fit better in section 2”, or “make reference to model X”
These comments are generally inline, i.e. in the same paragraph as the content, because at this stage I’m almost writing in stream of consciousness style to get stuff out of my head.
It would be wonderful to be able to easily and quickly distinguish content from comments, for examply by putting comments inside <>, and then the comment being visually distinguished in some way, perhaps slightly greyed out? lighter font?
And for a real bonus:
- to be able to double click on the comment to collapse it, so that changes to <>. Double clicking on <> will then expand the commnent
- right clicking would give the option to show/hide all comments
- and Copy As would give the option to copy without comments, ie so I can copy the 'clean’ content to another app to create the actual document.