I am so excited to show y’all my Notion setup.
It’s been almost two weeks since I setup my Notion and started fully using it and it has actually made things easier. I have one app to write everything down, all my notes are organized for reference, and it makes my blogging so much smoother.
Using Notion has made me feel more organized and it also frees up a lot of my time which I used to spend shuffling data between various mediums. I actually started a big blog admin task with the newly free time! It’s one I’ve been meaning to get to but didn’t until now.
If you don’t know what Notion is: it is a free online organizational tool which allows a ton of flexibility and customization. Everything that you would need in an organizational system like tables, notes, tasks, etc., Notion has it. Hence, it is like a one-stop-shop for everything.
My Notion setup plan
In order to get the best use of the application while also not making it an overkill for me, I decided to use Notion only for some things. Whatever I already used digital organization systems for will go into Notion, and the rest will remain in my bullet journal. This way, I won’t strain my eyes further because that happens enough with my work (as a software engineer) and blogging.
The main thing I use digital organization systems for is this blog. Before Notion, my blog stuff was scattered between different apps.
- Trello: because I like the use of Kanban boards and Trello was the only app I knew which had them.
- Evernote: to jot down post outlines on the go, if anything came to mind. Mainly used if I had more than a paragraph to note down.
- Whatsapp: when I get blog post ideas and don’t have my bullet journal with me, I used to type them into a Whatsapp chat. Later, they would be shifted to Trello or my bullet journal.
- Bullet journal: blog schedule, brainstorming, planning etc.
So my Notion’s main focus would be blog organization and shifting all of the above to one place. There are people who use Notion for every aspect of their life, and it allows that, but that is not my goal.
In order to make the setup less daunting, I spent some time writing down exactly what I want from my Notion setup and made the requirements as detailed as possible. Nothing unnecessary. These became my core pages.
Onto the tour!
Please note: this has been completely customized for my use hence while some of it may seem extra to you, they are what work best for me. Like multiple Kanban boards and maybe some redundant data. But I need those.
I was planning on using screenshots or short video clips to show my Notion tour but it was becoming frustrating so I decided to show through video! Also, I’ve been toying with the idea of making videos so… here goes.
In all honesty, this was my first recording (out of two) and it felt the best so I’m just uploading it. I don’t have the patience to record another and if I continue nitpicking every wrong thing, I’ll back out of videos altogether. I also have no idea how to edit but that’s something I will learn another day, okay? Baby steps, right?
Anyway, here’s the video! I hope you like it! It’s totally amateur don’t hate me thanks.
I’m going to pretend that me making videos is a regular thing and just move on. (also I’m going to try YouTube and video content so subscribe? if you want to?)
- Templates and overall inspiration from Fadwa
- Digital art in the pages were from Pinterest (linking the board with those and more)
- Header images were from Unsplash
- All the icons were from Flaticon
If you’d like templates of any of my pages, let me know in the comments and I’ll try to add them in this post!
Do you use Notion to organize your life? What are your thoughts on digital organization systems in general? Tell me in the comments!
Also, what do you think of the video? It’s totally a first try & hence kinda garbage but how’d you like it? Would you like to see me actually talking more or do you prefer blog posts to read?