I’ve been using Roamresearch for two weeks and i’m loving it!
I’m an intensive user of daily notes and I find it a bit tidious to navigate in time right now in Roam only using the two features provided :
- search bar (assuming that you already have created the page for the date that you are looking for)
- daily note page (scrolling back in time, not in the future, and same as search assuming that you have already created the page of the date you are looking for)
So I’ve written a framework to help me on this:
I’ve created a page for the year that contains links to each month of the year in a single line
[Jun 20]([[June 2020]]) || [Jul 20]([[July 2020]]) || [Aug 20]([[August 2020]])|| [Sep 20]([[September 2020]]) || [Oct 20]([[October 2020]]) || [Nov 20]([[November 2020]]) || [Dec 20]([[December 2020]])
So when i go to the page of a given month, the linked references at the bottom provides me a good way to navigate between month. I’ll show an example right after.
This “year page” contains references to my long term goals and may also be usefull to store my yearly review in the future
I’ll eventually star this page for quick access
having created a year page with links to each month of the year has provided me with a page for each month with linked references that looks like this
From here it’s super easy to navigate from a month to another and go back to the year page
in this page i’m adding two bullets.
The first bullet contains a list of links to week pages:
[W27]([[2020W27]]) || [W28]([[2020W28]]) || [W29]([[2020W29]]) || [W30]([[2020W30]]) || [W31]([[2020W31]])
The idea is the same as for the “months bullet” in the year page : whenever I will go to the page of a week, i’ll be able to navigate between weeks of the month in the “linked references” section of the week page
The second bullet is a table containing the calendar view of the month with links to the daily page of each day of the month. That helps me quickly pick a day and go to the page of the day
here is a sample of the structure of the table
- Mon - Tue - Wed - Thu - Fri - Sat - Sun - - - ([[July 1st, 2020]]) - ([[July 2nd, 2020]]) - ([[July 3rd, 2020]]) - ([[July 4th, 2020]]) - ([[July 5th, 2020]])
When i’m done my month page looks like this
This page also contains references to my “short term goals” and is usefull for my future monthly review
I’ll eventually star the page of the current month for quick access
The week page
having created a month page with links to each week of the month has provided me with a page for each week with linked references that looks like this
From here it’s super easy to navigate from a week to another within the month and go back to the month page
I’m adding one bullet in this page containing links to each day of the week (starting on Monday in my case)
[Mon 27]([[July 27th, 2020]]) | [Tue 28]([[July 28th, 2020]]) | [Web 29]([[July 29th, 2020]]) | [Thu 30]([[July 30th, 2020]]) | [Fri 31]([[July 31st, 2020]]) | [Sat 01]([[August 1st, 2020]]) | [Sun 02]([[August 2nd, 2020]])
You get the point: The idea is the same as for the “week bullet” in the month page : whenever I will go to the page of a day, i’ll be able to navigate between days of the week in the “linked references” section of the day page
What’s interesting in this case is that Week 31 is both belonging to July and August so i’ll get an extra navigation capability for this specific case: linked references to both July and August month. That’s super usefull in my case because I have a lot of topic that slips from a week to the very next one and unless the week ends the last day of the month (which wont occur so much), I’m always provided with the “next week” link when i’m in the week page
Here is what my “week page” looks like when i’m done
This page also contains my weekly review and i’ll eventually star the current week page for quick access.
At this point each day page will have a linked reference to the week page it belongs to, with links to other days of the week, and a link to the month page just like that:
I’ve been using this configuration for a week and I find it super convenient to kind of “zoom in - zoom out” navigation + lateral navigation in a given level of time. “Lateral navigation” really helps me being productive, while “zooming out” help me taking some higher view of my long term goals and achievements.
The setup of a whole year (in fact half of a year since I don’t think i’ll use past days prior to July) took me 30 minutes thanks to an excel formula to generate the writing of the links
It’s a bit hacky right now and I’m sure that the Roamresearch team will provide us with great time navigation capabilities in the future