Getting organised with Notion

From the Honcho Blog

Written by Matt Ellis on August 23rd, 2016

I found Notion via the Product Hunt newsletter (we're big fans). After seeing the 2000+ upvotes and scanning the comments, I downloaded and installed.

As I walked through the simple tutorial and was instantly wowed by how it worked. I’ve never been so drawn in and excited by a productivity app.

What’s so good about Notion?

The description from the Notion website reads: Docs, Wikis, Tasks. Seamlessly in One . All true. However, (and possibly what’s so great about it) is that it’s as complex or as simple as you need it to be.

Need a kanban board? Done. Need a kanban board with a task list and comments? Done. Need a kanban board with a task list, comments, a place to keep notes, a collection of reference websites and links to other internal projects within Notion? Yes, done.

The Notion framework lets you build your own productivity workflow. Use one of the pre-made templates or drag and drop in any of the element types from the Toolbox to create your own horizontal, multiple column, or nested list work space.

It’s worth installing Notion just to play with the drag and drop functionality. It’s crazy good.

The Basic element types are:

  • Text
  • Section
  • New Page
  • Bulleted List
  • Numbered List
  • To-do List
  • Toggle List
  • Divider

There’re Media elements too, such as: Images, Web Bookmark (Save any link as a visual bookmark, nice!), Video, Files, Embeds, Code and TeX Equation

Once you’ve built your own workflow out of these elements you can duplicate and reuse them later - or share a ‘Read Only’ URL so other Notion users can use the template in their workspace too.

We thought this was such a great idea, and are really interested to see what others are building with Notion. So much so that we registered a domain and set up Notion Templates. We’re hoping it’ll be a great resource to a growing community where people can search for and share starting points for Notion workflows.

At the time of writing, we weren’t aware of any central official Notion template site, but I’m sure the Notion Team have something planned for this in future.

There’s a ton of other great features, like; Slack integration, Markdown, work off-line, real-time collaboration, export to PDF and a slick mobile version.

We’ve only been using it for a couple of weeks, but already have enough confidence to have started moving our internal team tasks and docs into Notion. We love it.

Using Notion too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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