Friday, March 25, 2022

New Page template button with timestamp in the title - Notion


These days I'm all about discovering ways for people to use Notion without the use of databases, as databases slow things down. I'm also an advocate for minimalism while still having an efficient workflow.

Today I'm giving a tip with an example of daily journal entries. Usually, a Notion template comes with a database for journal pages, with a "Date created" property which is mighty convenient. But you can also replicate that without a database. 

This will make it super fast for you to start journaling on a new page with the current date and time already added to the title.

  1. Create a simple text page where all your journal entries will be stored (no databases/tables).
  2. Optional: You may create a subpage to serve as an Archive for past entries. Again this should be a simple text page, not a database. You may also have multiple archives, named after the 12 months or years to keep things more organized.
  3. Type / , then template, then select the Template button.
  4. Give it a name, like "add a new journal entry".
  5. At template block, create a new page. Add an icon and a title. 
  6. Next to the title type @now and select the one that says when duplicated, not the static date. This option can only show up when the page is inside the template block before adding the @now command.
  7. That's it. Now every time you press the "add a new journal entry button", a brand new page will open up with the current date and time included in the title and you can just start typing right away.

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