My Notion set-up + tips and tricks

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!

Home page

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. ๐Ÿ˜… 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
Weekly planner page

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!

Agatha Christie challenge page

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!)

Reading notes page

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
Highlights page part one
Highlights page part two

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
Blog page

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.

English blog page
Upcoming posts page

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
Instagram page

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?


23 thoughts on “My Notion set-up + tips and tricks

  1. I’ve heard about Notion, but I haven’t tried it out yet. I’m a planner, but I tend to stick with paper and pen ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Planner! I love the idea of a bullet journal, but I don’t have the time to put into curating pages like I’d want to. My planner ends up being a smash journal of sorts anyway.


  2. Love the simplicity of your setup! The book covers look so pretty together haha, now I want to have one of my own too even though I don’t need it.

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  3. Your Notion pages look so pretty! I started using Notion a couple of years ago, only for lists and a weekly planner, tho. I only made it pretty recently, I had no idea I could personalize and make it this pretty hahahah It’s still not aesthetically perfect, but it’s so functional, I love it โค

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  4. I feel like just setting up a Notion layout is such an accomplishment in itself so cheers to that! ๐Ÿ˜„ I wish I had the patience to sit down and put something together, but for now I use a bullet journal. All the cute spreads are calling to me though!

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    1. Haha thanks!! I love bullet journals! Are you planning to share your spreads in a blog post? I’d love to see it. ๐Ÿ˜„


  5. Wonderful post, Fleur! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been trying to learn how to use Notion, but even though I work with techy stuff like computer codes a lot, Iโ€™m still struggling with figuring this seemingly user-friendly app out. This post makes me want to try harder since Notion just seems too good to miss! Plus, I think I need all the organization I can get in my life right now.

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    1. Thank you! Oh, it’s definitely intimidating at first, but you get the hang of it after a while! ๐Ÿ˜„

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  6. What a fantastic post, Fleur!! I love how you went through your pages and also offered some tips and tricks to get started ๐Ÿฅฐ I love how calming and organized your spreads look! I hadn’t heard of pexels, but it sounds so cool, thank you for introducing me to it! And thank you so much for mentioning my post ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thanks so much!! Iโ€™m really glad you liked it and that I was able to introduce you to something new. ๐Ÿ’š

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  7. Oooh, I love your Notion layouts! I use it a little, and I do love it (I do tend to stick to my bullet journal, but this year and its lack of things has me falling out of love with it a little). I currently have all my unread books on my bookshelf ready to start working through them all next year (I’m going to try and be really strict with myself – we shall see haha). And a section for recipes which I want to start filling (I just need to remember *facepalm*).

    Using it for helping manage/organise your blogging schedule sounds amaze though! I will have to start doing that I think! I’ve tried making to do lists on it, but I never look at them… an app for to do lists if it interested you is todoist – I adore it so much. You can do them collaboratively, as projects, set reminders etc. I found it a few months ago and it’s filled the list shaped hole I always struggled with on my phone. I hate most list apps haha.

    I’ll stop waffling on now haha.

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    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ’š Bullet journaling is so relaxing, I definitely love it too. I hope you will fall back in love with it! Writing down recipes sounds like a handy idea!

      Notion’s so amazing! I really recommend it for blogging organization! Definitely show me your pages, if you decide to make them for your blog! I’ve heard about todoist, it sounds really great! I love a good to-do list. ๐Ÿ˜…

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