I’m conducting qualitative data analysis and I take lots of notes. Some are process oriented, some are insights, some are reflection/reflexive, some are just pure documentation so that I don’t forget what I’ve done or why.
I’ve used Roam for this for about a year and it’s just a mess. I can’t make sense of them or scan them easily and so I want to either cut my losses or apply a solid strategy, clean things up, and move forward. My goal is to capture the insight/reflection/documentation easily and, most importantly, be able to read through them later to recall and use them in my work.
Things I’ve tried or could try:
- #[[Journal]] on the daily note and then bullets under for my entry
- #[[Journal]] on bullets in relevant pages as I’m recording quotes or to do items and have a reflection/insight
- One long [[Journal]] page/outline that I go to anytime I want to make a note. (I haven’t done this, but I could /date each bullet and then put the entry underneath.)
With these methods (or perhaps because I’ve used a combination of them), it’s a big mess when I go to review the linked and unlinked references. If re-visiting is higher on the list than capture, is Roam a poor choice for this? I could use another app that’s more traditional diary-style and have tried that, too, but ease of entry is a real strength for Roam.
How do/would you handle this situation?