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Meet Notion's Timeline View

Notion's Timeline format allows you to view database items along a linear timeline, like a Gantt chart. It displays the sequence aesthetically and comprehensibly while exposing any potential capacity issues. This makes it useful for presenting a project's tasks or a series of events.

This guide offers the fundamentals of Timelines, then details those two examples: tasks and events. For your reference as you practice with Timelines, you can duplicate the examples to your own workspace via the template on Notion Market.

Quick Context

What are databases?

In Notion, a database is a collection of items with common properties. For example, a database of cars might have the properties Make, Model and Year.

Visualize a database as a table, where each item occupies a row, and each property is a column.

What are database views?

For any database, you can create multiple views with preconfigured options, such as filters, sorting rules and hidden properties. Each view is also assigned a format, such as a Table, List, Calendar, Gallery of cards or Kanban-style Board. The best format for a view depends on the type of content and how users will interact with it.

The Timeline option is the latest addition to Notion's database formats.

Timeline Fundamentals

Timeline Example: Tasks

Available for duplication on Notion Market.

Notion Tasks Timeline

A simplified database of a project's tasks contains four properties:

  1. Task (Title)
  2. Timespan (Date with End date)
  3. Owner (Person)
  4. Complete (Checkbox)

You can easily comprehend those properties with a look at the Table view:

Notion Tasks Timeline: Table View

Here are some additional characteristics of the sample Tasks database:

Timeline Example: Events

Available for duplication on Notion Market.

Notion Timeline: Events

The second example shows all tournaments from the 1019–20 PGA season. It contains five properties:

  1. Tournament (Title)
  2. Start Date (Date)
  3. End Date (Date)
  4. Location (Text)
  5. Winner (Relation)

Here's a portion of the Table view for a sense of its format:

Notion Events: Table View

A few notes:


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