Roam Research Starting Mindset
Starting mindset, love that turn of phrase. Off the top of my head here's a few
Start small and with a goal.
Don't try and learn everything first, try and do 1 or 2 things.
There are really only 3-4 core feature you need to understand to get 80% of the power. Roam is a big bowl of spaghetti so start with a small bowl
Just start writing and whenever you write something (a concept, proper noun, etc) you think you'll reference later or somewhere else create
Don't be stingy about creating pages, they can't hurt only connect
understand the power of indenting
Don't be so concerned about "structure", as long as you create pages as you go along roam will pretty much sort things out itself. Once you start to get a handle on how
It's tempting at first to use roam like a filling cabinet or dashboard but ultimately that will end up constraining you. Trust in the graph and its organic nature
I'd suggest doing most of your writing on the Daily Notes Page ( DNP ), this may seem oddly like a diary at first but in actuality it will act like a timestamp for your thoughts letting you see the evolution of an ideas and adjacent ideas you may have missed
Once you build up a critical mass set some time aside ( ~10min) for "Roaming" through your graph diving into
Roam Allow you to quickly follow tangents and then get back to what you were doing
I was forced to use notion the other day and I've never felt so isolated while writing, it was nuts. I hadn't realized just how much my process has changed in the last 9 months...
Don't try and do everything, try and do 1 or 2 things. Grow that when you feel constrained
Roam isn't for everyone and everything (even if I wish it was lol) and that's OK. Don't feel the need to cram something into Roam if the friction is too high
Thinking about useful visualizations for a graph database
hovering over a node dims unconnected nodes
color the area around certain nodes
graph filters - include and exclude
page level second order connections