Auditing my Notion databases for Usefullness, fall 2022
I keep a good number of things in Notion. However, I don’t necessarily want it to be my solution to every problem, nor do I want to keep stuff in there where it’s not the right place for it. So every now and then, I want to do a bit of an audit to ask myself if I’m using a database, and whether or not I should move it elsewhere or discard it.
My “Notion of Notions” is meant to be a catch-all place where I can see every day summarized. However, I rarely look it. It might be better suited as a Home Screen instead of a database itself. I thought I’d see more interesting information from it, like patterns in my life I didn’t know about. Nope.
I think I’m going to drop this one. I thought it would be useful to make a calendar and database list of workouts. But after over two years of adding data to it, I almost never refer to it. I never look at it except for inputting new workouts, and it never informs my decisions.
I’d like to find a reason to look at this more. Maybe I need to find a view that makes more sense. As it is, I often forget to add data to it. I do like however, how it relates to my “Recipes” section, because it shows everything I’ve ordered at restaurants (that I’ve input, anyway). Keeping for now.
This database is still useful to me, simply because there isn’t a Letterboxd of video games anywhere, and making my own was easy enough. Marking progress on games isn’t super easy, but that’s not on Notion.
It’s also useful to just have a page for any game I’m playing, because I can put notes and links there.
Having said that, there’s nothing all that “Notion” about it. It’s basically a spreadsheet with some links. I could migrate it to OneNote or even excel and not lose much. Something to think about later.
International Object (wrestling matches)
Still the most useful tool I’ve ever made for solving a unique, dorky problem: remembering what matches I’ve seen, rating them, and linking matches to wrestlers.
My reading list fails at one thing I’d like it to do: get me to read more.
I started this one up as a way of tracking my vinyl listening. It a) works fine, and b) mostly tells me I’m not listening to that much vinyl. Still, it’s the Delicious Library solution for a physical media collection, and there’s nothing wrong with something just doing that.
I built the TV tracker of my dreams, and it’s so good I want to make a demo version of it so other people can use it.
Food And Groceries
Same. This is a project I’m going to make in early 2023. I’m really happy with how it works.
You’d think tracking clothes would be easy. I have not built this habit at all. Still, it’s not the database failing me. I should fine-tune it a little to make it something I’ll actually want to do.
I’m dropping workouts, and removing a few things from my overall calendar (I don’t really need to know what dates I watched a wrestling match, turns out). Everything else is staying for now, but if I read this post in 6 months and haven’t done much with them, I’ll kill it.
So, in writing this blog post, I’ve realized I need to ask my notion databases to push information out to me more. I want them to remind me of the things I’ve told myself I want to do. I wonder, is it possible to make this happen? It’s one thing to put stuff in there. How can I make it tell me what’s useful in the future?