I’ve taken one of the older but still very capable laptops in my collection and put it to use as my “school” computer. The goal is to have something I can lug around and use for research, number crunching, and my research notebook. Then I don’t have to worry about trying to keep all that stuff in sync if I were to use my work and home desktop computers.
My handwriting can get pretty messy, and even I have a hard time reading my own handwriting sometimes. I decided I wanted to do some kind of electronic lab notebook to keep my research notes, data, bibliography, and whatnot.
A quick Google search returned a few blog posts by people who are already using org-mode for research lab notes and writing papers and other research related tasks. Plenty of prior work out there to learn from as I develop my own workflow.