After much consideration (like… almost 20 or 30 minutes) I decided to give Notion a whirl. I’ve had an Evernote subscription in the past and I liked it, but it didn’t stick. I wasn’t excited about it, and things would go in there, never to be seen again. It felt like there wasn’t much structure — admittedly, I might have been able to put structure in there, but I didn’t put much time into it.
Now, I’m jumping in with Notion. I did some reading. I watched some videos.
I found (again) Marie Poulin.
I got inspired, and I got to work.
Here’s where I’m at after my first day:
- I have created a mess of things in the sidebar with very little cohesive overall organization. I expect this will get better as I figure out what Notion can do.
- I’ve got about 70 items in the trash, basically because of experimentation — I don’t know what I’m doing, so… I try things and then chuck them out as I learn. I suspect that’s a decent sign or metric of progress: how many things are in the trash because I tried something that didn’t work but helped me understand things better.
I created a daily page template that kind of reflects the things I liked in the Best Self Journal:
- A place for gratitude, morning and evening.
- A reminder of my big picture goals and what I’m envisioning for me and my family.
- A place for all my daily tasks & schedule.
- A place to reflect on the day’s wins and opportunities for improvement.
- Some simple habit tracking
And… I did some of this using customized templates.
Things I learned to do:
- Customize templates
- Create different views
- Create tags as part of a multi-select property
- Use the Web Clipper (I think this will get HEAVY use)
Things I want to learn:
- Be more databasey so that there are strong relationships in the structures I put together
- Some decent organizational tactics
- Keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts. Wow, do I hope this thing has good keyboard shortcuts. Using the trackpad slows me down a LOT when it comes to doing things.
- If there’s a good way to automate some of the workflows with some default values etc. That’ll be useful based on what I see so far.
That’s it! Boring, I know. But I didn’t write this for you… I wrote it for me 🙂