I’ve never even heard about Notion up until I’ve joined the international blogosphere. I’ve first seen it in May’s September wrap-up! I immediately registered and started to play around with it. I drew inspiration from May’s picture she shared in that post because I really liked how she set it up! Then a few days ago, she shared her whole set-up and it inspired me yet again! Check it out HERE, it’s a really great post! Caro @ Bookchesirecat also wrote about Notion, Sumedha @ the wordy habitat shared her Notion workspace tour in a video, I’d totally recommend checking out both!
So, first of all, I changed all my titles to English, because I wrote it in Hungarian, but there are going to be things that I didn’t translate because I’m lazy. 😅 A home page is really handy because you link to pages, so this way you don’t have search forever for a certain page. I also added a quote from The Lord of the Rings, because why not?
Tips and tricks
- if you select a word, a new menu comes up, click on the three dots, find “Color”, this way you can change the font and/or the background colour
- to have blocks stand out, add a “Callout“
- if you want to link a page, select the word(s), and then choose the second option (“Link”) or simply use Ctrl+K
I am writing this post on a Sunday, so that’s why my weekly planner is currently empty. I don’t have multiple pages for planning, I just delete whatever I have done that week, and start over with new to-dos. I used THIS template, though I personalised it, it can be a great start!
I did a colourful Google Sheets document for this challenge, but I figured it would be kinda neat to have everything in one app/website, so I just copied that to this table (though the colours do not appear, it’s okay). I’m going to write my ratings here after I’ve finished each book. It’s a really minimalist page, it’s purely for function. (Also, a little self-promo here: if you haven’t read my Read through Agatha Christie post, and you’re interested, you can check it out HERE!)
I don’t usually write notes while reading, but I’ve started annotating this year, using sticky tabs and a pencil for underlining. But most times, I read an e-book, so to do something similar, I just highlight the wanted sentence(s) on my Kindle, then connect to wi-fi, and after that, I can access it through Goodreads. So, from now on, I’m going to insert them in these Notion pages too! This way I can collect them in a neat way, so if I ever need a quote or something, I can just find them here.
Tips and tricks
- to get the same view, just add a page, go to “Database” and choose “Gallery”
- to see the book cover, click on Page 1, delete the default to-do list you see there and insert the book cover image
Here I inserted covers of the books that I adored this year. It’s not in any order, just how it looked great. This is mostly for aesthetics and it’s also a great resource if someone asks me to recommend an amazing book I’ve read. (Because usually when that happens, I have brain fog and can’t get out a word. So annoying!)
Tips and tricks
- you can embed links, so you don’t have to download the pictures
- I recommend inserting everything first, then you can move them around by dragging the six dots you see on the left side of the picture
- to resize the photos, hover over them and a black bar will appear on the right middle side of the chosen picture
Here is my blog page, which has two sub-pages: one for my English blog and one for my Hungarian. I also added useful HTML commands, so this way I don’t have to search for them.
So when I click on “English blog”, the first page will appear, where I have another sub-page (I love categorizing and sub-categorizing, what can I say). I have a few notes, which are useful to remember, mainly about sizing my pictures on WordPress. Then I have a board view of my upcoming posts, which I can also change to calendar view. There are three categories here: not started, in progress and completed. I also added tags and dates where I know when I want to publish them. It’s useful if you want to schedule posts.
Tips and tricks
- you can add a new view if you click on the “Block view” button, which you can see on the second picture, next to the word “posts”
- you can add more properties to your page, like date, checkbox, media etc.
- it’s also great for teamwork, you can assign tasks to people
Then I have my really low-key page for Instagram. I jotted down which filters I use and when should I post, so I won’t forget them (I probably wouldn’t forget them anyways but it’s great to be prepared). Then I have my picture ideas in a to-do list. I really don’t need a more complicated page for this, as I’m quite chill about it.
It’s not the most complex Notion set-up ever, nor the prettiest, but I’m quite contented with it. I love minimalism and functionality, so they were the priorities. I chose the same icons and covers for pages that belong in the same section (productivity, books, creativity and studying) simply because it seemed logical to me.
I don’t have pages for the studying part yet, for one simple reason: I haven’t started doing them, because I always find other things to do. I really should get back to my other hobbies besides reading and writing!
By the way, I found the cover pictures on Pexels! I’d recommend checking out that page if you’re a blogger, or if you just need free stock photos!
I am still going to use my bullet journal to track other things, like habits, expenses, library dates, read pages, read books etc. but Notion is a great addition to that. I love how versatile and flexible it is! This way I won’t have to use multiple platforms to write down notes and plans. It can seem intimidating at first, the best thing to do is to just play around with everything, experiment. If you’re stuck, there are numerous blog posts and videos that might help, including Notion’s own YouTube page!
This was my first tips and tricks post I’ve ever written in English, so I really hope that the instructions were understandable! I also hope that it has helped some of you!
Do you use Notion? If not, what other tools are you using? Are you a plan on paper kind of person, or do you prefer online websites/apps?