So these days I'm struggling with few dilemmas regarding my workflow and thought it can either benefit the power of this community and help me figure things out on the way :).
Context of existing workflow
So my daily notes are structured as follows:
The Data I mostly consume (Mostly goes through Readwise):
- Books (Kindle)
- Articles (Instapaper)
- Podcasts (Instapaper using Online Transcripts)
- Videos (Manual summarization)
- Creating static checklists for future reference
- For the sake of additional context, this is how a meeting summary looks like
Where I'm stuck
Today literally everything is here is documented properly in Roam, including the people and contacts that attend the meetings, the linked blocks in a meeting note and reference from books, etc. Doing what Roam does, basically.
However, as amazing as Roam is - I feel that although it can be a one-size-fits-all, it doesn't really do it well. Things like Checklists, Tasks management and time management, Code snippets, and traditional categorial note-taking (only when it makes sense, of course, I am not an animal).
I can't figure out how to split my content between Roam and let's say Notion (or any other tool that can do the rest well). Assuming I'll go with Notion, I can't figure out things like what should be in Roam and what should be in Notion?
Bottom line, It really feels like I need another system for the technical part rather than the creative semi-structured one, but I can't seem to foresee what will make sense without months of trial and error.
Sorry for the long post, appreciate any feedback.
Thanks in advance!
Hopefully I might be able to help you figure things out a little better. The problem with note-taking is that (as you have discovered) there is no one-size-fits-all app, and a combination is often best. Personally, one of the hardest things I found to get right is a quick inbox, where do you brain dump, as in traditional long-form applications your thoughts can get muddled and lost – especially if there's lots of different types of short and quick notes. I didn't find Notion suitable for this at the time, and ended up building my own system (Supernotes) which is based around short-form markdown note-cards. Once everything is in Supernotes it's really easy to tag, nest and link cards together; and then filter them for when I want to write a long-from article, or even embed / link to them from within a Notion database.
Supernotes may work for you, and it may not. But would love to hear what you think, and it might help to inspire and find a different approach to your existing workflow. Either way I'd would really appreciate hearing your thoughts. Some of our users use Supernotes alongside Notion & Roam – you might find this particular user story helpful.
First, let me say I have never used Roam. It has never been a tool that looks like a solution for my daily needs.
I document all of my meetings in Notion. I have created a variety of templates like internal meeting, client meeting, team meeting, 1-1 meeting.
This speeds up the process of note taking and maintains consistency.
I use the table view so that I can add properties like meeting type, attendees, goal, and then you can filter by any of those in the future (follow the past). For example, internal meetings with Matt with a goal of strategy.
Within those templates, I have a filtered database of tasks relevant to each of those templates so when I have a new task related to any meeting type, or attendee, they are automatically included in every note.
For a quick brain dump, you can use the new https://www.notion.new to quickly add a note via a browser.
I use the Notion chrome extension for articles or anything I want to read later. While it's not as good as something like Instapaper/Pocket, it does consolidate things into one tool.
You can create a database of books you've read, along with important notes from those books and another list of what you want to read. same with podcasts
My "inbox" is within a "life wiki" page I have built out. you could use something like this for inspiration https://www.notioneverything.com/templates/life-wiki and you can mention and link to any page (but not section) within Notion.
Hope this helps in some way.
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