This article covers the basics of what makes a good note, an example of one and goes over some pro Slite editor features.
👉 Answers the question "what is it?"
👉 Should be easy to find via search
The goal is to make sure that anyone can easily scan your notes.
👉 Be concise
👉 Structure it visually
👉 Avoid passive voice. Active voice will make your writing clearer & easier to read.
Passive: The movie ET was directed by Spielberg
Active: Spielberg directed the movie ET.
Introduce your note
We recommend you clarify your note's topic and author(s) at the top. Here are two examples (the 2nd one is very clean):
Structure your note
You should be as consistent as possible across notes. We're actually building the Slite editor with this in mind.
Guide the reader by using headers 1 and 2. They'll structure your note efficiently.
Use the in-line toolbar or the keyboard shortcuts (try cmd+shift+1).
Headers will automatically generate a note summary, pretty useful for long notes.
👉 Bullet points
Probably one of the best ways to clarify your thoughts for yourself and readers. They are great to make your ideas more concise and explicit. We duly recommend it.
👉 Note links
These are a great way to avoid duplicating existing content by simply linking notes to each other. Reference any note by typing "@note title".
👉 Emphasize important information
You can use our quote feature to make a sentence more visible.
Simply use "> " in the beginning of a line or use our in-line block toolbar.
👉 Add a takeaways section
For meeting notes, add takeaways or TLDRs at the top as a summary. It's also a good place to add action items.
Enrich your content
A note isn't limited to text. We recommend to display the information under its best support.
👉 Embed other media like Youtube video, Airtable,...
👉 Code block
👉 Add quote
👉 Upload files
Take this note as an example
Now that's a good note. A meaningful title, a TLDR, a good illustration, the use of headers, making it super easy to scan.
- Emoji can illustrate your points more visually than words. Trigger our emoji picker by typing ":smi.." for example.
- Insert today's date by using our slash command to add a date in no time
- Resize images by hovering its right margin.
- Use our shortcuts to format your note even faster
🗣 Feel free to drop any feedback or to share with us your best practices