KyleT 4 Posted February 8, 2016 Share Posted February 8, 2016 The debate on when to use Notebooks vs Tags is well-established. But I'm interested in the similar but different question on when to use Notes vs Notebooks. The question in its most general form is as follows: What factors should be considered when deciding which of the following two options is better for storing a large group of many similar "chunks" of data: The overall containing object is a Notebook. Inside that Notebook, each chunk of data is stored as a separate Note; OR The overall containing object is a (single) Note. Inside that Note, each chunk of data is stored simply as a separate block of text A specific practical example might be useful. Suppose the thing being managed is a daily log or journal, where the data "chunk" represents a day's worth of entry. The two options then are: Let the Journal consist of a Notebook -- called "Journal-2016", say -- in which each day has its own Note, the title of which is the relevant date OR Let the Journal consist of a (single) Note -- again, called "Journal-2016", say -- in which each day has its own header (in an obvious, stand-out font), the text of which is the relevant date I've also attached a screenshot showing both cases. At the moment I tend towards option 1. For some reason that feels like The Evernote Way. But I'm not sure I could argue strongly for either. Anyone want to offer an opinion (or point to some reading)? Bear in mind that the journaling thing is just an example. Something like a ToDo "list" is good alternative example, where the chunks of data are now not days, as before, but individual ToDo items. Should each ToDo be in its own Note, those notes being in an all-enclosing "ToDo" Notebook? Or should "ToDo" be the name not of a Notebook, but of a Note, and then that Note then contains all my ToDos? Some considerations I've come up with so far. Pro Option 1 Tagging: Option 1 seems better if I want the ability to apply different sets of tags to different chunks Separating different chunks: Option 1 seems better since with its one Note per chunk, the entries are automatically distinct. Option 2 is particularly weak here since it achieves separation of chunks using nothing more than text formatting and EN doesn't handle that very well. Specifically, EN doesn't seem to have any notion of text structure or even a basic set of "styles"-- i.e. where one can have different levels of differently-formatted headers (a la MS Word and most other modern text-handling systems) Reminders: these are Note-level things, so in order to have different reminders for different chunks, it has to be a Note per chunk Pro Option 2 Visibility of other recent entries: Option 2 seems better since yesterday's entry is right next to today's and is either instantly visible, or can be made so via a quick scroll. With option 1, seeing other days requires opening a different note Number of Note limits: I don't know if there is a limit, but if there is then obviously Option 2 is better. Extravagance: It just seems over the top to have an entire Note for what sometimes could be just a single line of text. That would certainly be the case in the ToDo list example. This is probably more aesthetic than real. On the other hand, sometimes aesthetics point to proper use. Any thoughts? Thanks, Kyle Link to comment
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