I Completely Fell In Love With Notion.

And restored my design productivity at the same time.

Landing Page — Notion

Do you have those days/weeks/months when you dwell upon tomorrow to do most of your tasks? It might be working on a new project, building up a new skill, maintaining your learning curve of something you care about — basically, doing what needs to be done. This is where Notion shines. Now, before continuing, I want to make one thing crystal, that this is not an advertisement. Rather, I just come with a positive approach and a tool for the needy greedy ones, to get themselves back on track.

I found out about Notion just like most of you just did — on Medium. I looked it up and signed up. Then, I just forgot about its existence for a couple of days. Those were the days when I used to depend upon tomorrow to get things done. Carrying that baggage of tasks, linearly piling up, soon got overwhelming. I started dreading my nights because that is when I used to feel the least productive. I made many changes to my routine but none of them seemed to work. I used to make myself a list everyday on OneNote (note taking app from Microsoft) which used to be my #1 preference to jot anything down. Then one day I thought maybe I should opt for a better app out there. I realized that it is as absurd as changing your wallpaper to feel more productive but I thought I should give it a try and explore some new note taking apps.

Next thing, I went to google and started typing ‘not’ and got a suggestion for a previously searched keyword called notion. I went to its site and I logged myself in. Downloaded their application, started using it immediately. At first, it felt a little difficult to work around the application. But, more I wandered around, the more I loved the features that it provided. I started with making different templates for each type of tasks that I have to assign myself.

The best thing about creating a new page is that you get to customize by adding an icon that signifies its purpose. It creates a little bit more detailing about the subject and keeps it interesting enough to revisit it. When I first created a page in Notion, I felt a little bit iffy about how its interface is going to come out. But, as I started adding details, it all just made sense. Therefore, you can add immeasurable type of content and attach a resembling icon of your choosing to it.

James Clear in Atomic Habits elaborates about the process of ‘making it attractive’ and ‘making it easy’ which leads to habit formation. His study shows that changing your environment or environmental cues so that the habit you are trying to instill becomes easy and attractive, can simply trigger you to form a habit in a faster and healthier way. Therefore, when making your to-do list can be attractive (through the interface and icons) and easy (through the vast collection of templates), you are more likely to wake up and make yourself a list every day.

A snapshot of To-Do Template by Notion

There are various interactive templates that notion provides us to suit our miscellaneous needs of our lives. Suppose, this template is irrelevant to your project and you want it to change.

Well, here’s an option to dive through different types of templates and find yourself the one that is relevant to your purpose. Still not able to find one? Try ‘Browse More Templates’ for better results.

You can add more and more details and see yourself transforming into a total productivity geek because while interacting with the list, you are getting some tasks done. Duh! That was the whole purpose.

After spending a lot of time, over various note taking apps, I can say Notion, with its sleek design and interactive interface, has won me over. Therefore, I am planning to reside with it for a long time.

So, if you are bored with your normal note-taking app and want to spice things up a little bit or you’re just constantly finding yourself in a swamp, then you’re going to love Notion as much as I do.

Thank you!

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