How ’bout these notions, they’re deep as ocean
Calling out… It was some 3 or 4 years ago I first discovered Tash Sultana, a young Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, and her bedroom recordings posted on Youtube. I stumbled upon it by accident, in one of those nights when you just go with the flow and listen to whatever is suggested next. I liked her from the first beat and was feeling kind of proud of myself for discovering something valuable. One of her first recordings I heard and still remember is Notion.
The other kind of Notion
Some 6 months ago, a client came one day and said they are starting to use Notion. It was clear he was not talking about music, but software. Notion is an all-in-one tool and workspace for notes, tasks, project, internal wiki pages and just about everything. Doesn’t sound too exciting, right? At the first glance, one might wonder why they should introduce a new tool for notes and tasks while they already have tools for all that. I didn’t get it at first either.
My job was to set up the first pages in Notion and to prepare it in a way to welcome and encourage the rest of the team to start using it. I never shared my doubts about Notion with a client because it simply wasn’t asked for – they already decided to use it, and it was my job to support them in that the best I could. First pages I created in Notion were looking nice and they served their purpose. Those were more in the line of onboarding; welcome new members type of pages. But even after finishing the initial set up, I still wasn’t very thrilled about it. It was just another tool to me. Nothing exiting.
Then one day we started talking about a new project and have agreed to open a Notion page for it. This is where it became alive. The white canvas and its building blocks were the perfect environment to write down my thoughts and organize them as they come. It was then I fell in love with Notion. The simplicity and the clean look of Notion pages proved to be very different from other internal company pages. Usually internal wiki pages are very dull, static, not that inviting when it comes to collaboration with teams. This is where Notion is different – it is simply much more alive. It doesn’t serve just the purpose to inform your team about some process, it invites the team to build the process, to work on it and to improve it.
A boost in productivity
For months I was delaying the launch of my own website. It was on my To Do list for so long that I already felt embarrassed about it, but I just couldn’t find the motivation to do it. Next, I opened a private account on Notion. This is when I actually started building the frame for my website and started writing texts for it. In a week I managed to write down everything and to get the real sense of how I want this website to work. Notion boosted my productivity better then any other tool I can remember.
This week I recommended Notion to a new client, and as it seems – it didn’t take more then a few days for him to start liking it. I guess it will take some time before he starts loving it like I do now, but I can see this coming. This is a client with many good ideas and projects and I honestly believe Notion will help him organise those ideas in a way to make them usable and profitable.
Not everything needs to be love at first sight
I wish I could say I fell in love with Notion at first sight the same as I did with first beats of Tash Sultana’s Notion, but there is no need for it. Sometimes it takes little bit of time and practice before love is born.
Try it in combination with Google Drive or Trello
You don’t have to stop using other apps to try Notion. For me, it works great when combined together with Google Drive. You can connect it with Trello, Asana and Evernote too.
To try Notion out, you can start with the free plan. It will be more than enough to get the feeling of how it works. There is no time limit on the free plan, and you can invite up to 5 guests to view or edit pages in your free plan.
If you try it out, let me know how you liked it, and did you fall in love with it, or are you still in that ‘not that exciting’ phase.