Throwaway & DNU Pages in Notion

This week's live stream doesn't fit into my July Theme of 'Preparing for the next Academic Year,' however, it's been requested by a subscriber and I'm not one to say no to producing videos that have been requested!

On this Saturday’s live stream I’m planning on having a #wanderthroughmynotion to explore what a throwaway page is, when to use them and when not to.

And also to go through DNU entries and when to use them.

Yet again, this doesn’t fall into a content theme, and certainly not getting ready for the next academic year! But it was requested by a subscriber, the wonderful Jill Metcalfe.

I’m going to show you how to start a throwaway page, what to do when you’re in it, and when to delete it.

I’ll also show how I use DNU entries to ensure that I block out properties that I don’t want to use.

These two use cases are super helpful for very specific events in Notion.

A throwaway page can be used to great effect when you want to merge databases, or make sure that you have the properties that you want, and DNU entries are amazing when you want to make sure that specific properties are ‘blocked out’ when you apply a template.

Make sure you’re ready for a 2-hour stream, that’s a given now! Make sure you have enough snacks & drinks to get you through so we can get #nerdyinnotion together!


00:00:00 Intro Music

00:02:04 Welcome

00:07:02 Intro to Today’s Video

00:09:31 Throwaway pages

00:12:39 Moving content themes into Projects using a throwaway page

00:17:00 How to move pages from one database to another without losing all the metadata – Pro Tip – don’t sort either of the databases! Create copies in the originating database & drag & drop the originals (not the copies) into the ‘end database’

00:21:30 Put the filter on for the properties you want the pages you’re moving in the ‘end database’ so that when you drag & drop, they have all the attributes you want – Pro tip – don’t put any original data in this page – you’re going to delete it – it’s there to serve a single purpose

00:34:20 Icon convention people! I can’t stress this enough!

00:41:40 DNU Pages

00:44:15 My master task database – a merge of 3 original databases – mine is called ‘Calendar’

00:48:00 Single select inside the ‘Calendar’ database for which contextual calendar the task belongs to – handy for filtering!

00:53:00 Why I have my daily journal linked to my ‘Calendar’ 3 times

00:54:00 I have 2 DNU entries in my Calendar – use them in templates to BLOCK OUT relations you don’t want to use

00:59:30 We’ve just merged 3 databases into one, and DNU entries are really handy for being able to distinguish between different types of events in this database

1:03:00 Having DNU pages allow you to block properties and therefore you know what to fill out

1:10:00 Rolling up DNU – attach daily DNU entry to DNU entries in weeks, months, quarters & years databases. Keep the DNU icon recognisable & something you wouldn’t use anywhere else

1:14:00 Reflections database is linked to my daily journal 3 times – 2 properties are blocked out at any time

1:16:00 Call them DNU – because that means you can make the column as small as possible and you’ll still be able to see all the text

1:17:00 Can exclude DNU pages because it’s a related property

1:18:00 Wrap up & key takeaway snippets

1:21:41 Dance Party 💃🏼

1:23:44 Stream recap & air snogs

1:28:45 Credits (headphone wearers – turn it down!)

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