Following Rainer König's example in this video, I've customized org-log-into-drawer to be LOGBOOK. I've also added timestamps for various state changes such as from DOING to DONE, so that when these events happen, entries are added to the :LOGBOOK: drawer. I'm also using org-add-note to add notes unrelated to state changes.

The problem with this approach is that the notes are intermingled with the state change entries. For example:

** DONE set up date-based plan files :LOGBOOK: - State "DONE" from "DOING" [2017-09-13 Wed 15:18] - Note taken on [2017-09-13 Wed 15:07] \\ To add a timestamp, do ~C-c !~ (for inactive ones anyway) in insert mode. - State "DOING" from "NEXT" [2017-09-13 Wed 14:25] CLOCK: [2017-09-13 Wed 14:22]--[2017-09-13 Wed 15:00] => 0:38 - State "NEXT" from "TODO" [2017-09-12 Tue 15:45] :END:

It's not easy to visually pick out the notes (which are often more relevant) from the state change events and clock events.

So my question is: can I separate the notes from the other information? I'd prefer for notes to go into their own :NOTES: drawer, but I'd also accept an answer that added notes to the body of the headline, outside of a drawer.

(Note: I'm aware of this question, but as far as I can tell it controls the notes and other entries together, without distinction, so it won't suffice for my purposes.)

  • I am setting up emacs following Rainer König's videos as well, and I had the same doubt as you. I see your question has been posted quite some time ago. Have you found any solution to this? Sep 30, 2021 at 1:02
  • No! Although I am tolerating it without pain and even forgot I asked this question. Oct 1, 2021 at 15:04

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I did it like this:

(defun salih/toggle-logbook-on (&rest _)
  (setq org-log-into-drawer t))
(defun salih/toggle-stats-on (&rest _)
  (setq org-log-into-drawer "STATS"))

(advice-add 'org-clock-in :before #'salih/toggle-logbook-on)
(advice-add 'org-clock-in :after #'salih/toggle-stats-on)

(advice-add 'org-agenda-add-note :before #'salih/toggle-stats-on)
(advice-add 'org-agenda-add-note :after #'salih/toggle-logbook-on)

This will separate the "CLOCK"s into LOGBOOK and everything else into "STATS"

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