Notion is becoming very popular. I remember the first day a friend told me about it. I had been using Evernote for almost five years. Of course, I may be biased. I’m a writer, and when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing.
And when I’m not thinking about writing, I am doing something else that involves planning: like plotting out my next novel or outlining a screenplay.
I have talked a bit about this in my post about How To Write And Self-Publish your own book.
Planning is an essential part of any project. Notion helps me get there faster—with less hassle.
It’s so easy to use. It feels like second nature from the moment you open up your first doc page.
But there are also lots of features and integrations that make it unique among other tools on the market today.
Meet your new best friend: Notion
When you think about Notion, it’s best to think of it as wet clay. Yes, it is a project management app that allows you to create outlines, mind maps, and task lists all in one place.
It’s also a note-taking app, whiteboard, and spreadsheet. You can use Notion to plan out your projects and organize your thoughts—and it’s free!
There are many applications for Notion that work on MacOS or Windows computers as well as iOS devices like iPhones and iPads (the website says Android will come later this year). The app itself is totally free; however there are two paid options available:
- A subscription service called Premium gives you access to more storage space (500 MB).
- Real-time collaboration tools with up to five other people
- Better file management tools including version history tracking so you can see who made what changes when (great for collaborating with colleagues)
- Integrations with third party apps like Slack and Trello which sync together seamlessly within the Notion interface.
- It’s great knowing you don’t have to log into separate websites just because they were created by different companies trying their best at making something awesome – but honestly why would anyone want that?
Here’s what I love about Notion.
The way you begin using it is intuitive, which makes it a great choice for writers and authors. The interface is straightforward and easy to navigate, and the software’s flexibility will help you stay on track as your projects change.
If you’re like me and have highly variable projects that can shift in scope from minute to minute, Notion’s ability to rapidly create new notebooks (and then subnotebooks) will be invaluable. I love being able to keep my writing project organized by day or week or month or whatever else I decide might work best for what I’m working on at any given time.
It’s not just about keeping tabs on your own writing though—Notion also has its own community where users can share their templates with each other!
It is intuitive to use.
You can get started with Notion in a matter of minutes. The interface is intuitive and easy to learn, making it simple for you to find what you’re looking for without having to spend hours trying to figure out how the program works.
And unlike other programs, there’s no complicated learning curve or steep drop-off in functionality as you progress from novice user to expert user.
The templates are incredibly helpful when getting started with Notion.
They come preloaded with dozens of different document types that make certain tasks easier than ever before—from creating invoices, proposals and contracts; sharing ideas over email; planning out your book chapters; creating presentations and so much more!
It has a straightforward interface and intuitive navigation.
Looking at the interface is always clean and simple. Its color scheme is tasteful and uncluttered; the only time you’ll see a pop of color on the page is when you add an image to your note.
The app also has a few helpful features, such as a search bar that allows you to search through your notes, labels (which are similar to tags) so you can organize your content into groups, and what they call “live tables.”
When it comes to Navigation, it is smooth and intuitive enough that even someone like me who normally needs directions could find my way around without having trouble with getting lost or distracted by other things on the page.
I found myself liking how Notion didn’t try too hard: it wasn’t cluttered up with unnecessary things like backgrounds or animations in order for me to get used to using it; rather than being coldly clinical about its design aesthetic, Notion allowed itself some warmth through its use of saturated colors that made reading easy on my eyes throughout my writing process.
It’s highly flexible, which is important for those of us with highly variable projects.
Gain maximum flexibility. It lets you change the structure of a project at any time, and it allows for multiple projects to be added to a single workspace.
Create as many workspaces as you need, so if you’re working on two books at once, or have a side-project that’s unrelated to anything else going on in your life right now (I’m looking at you, screenplay!), then Notion is an excellent choice for project management.
- Create your own custom templates.
- Import templates from others.
access the Notion community, where you can import templates from others.
- See what other people are doing.
- Copy their templates.
- Learn from them.
- Share your own templates with others
You’ll learn a ton from other users.
The ability to import templates from others is invaluable for writers and authors who want to learn what works for others, but don’t necessarily want to create their own template from scratch.
It’s one thing to say “write down your characters’ names in a list,” but with the ability to share templates with the community, you can be shown how someone else organized their character lists and then take that concept and apply it to your own writing process.
I like the community aspect of this site. It is also an absolute must-have for writers—we all need support and feedback when we’re trying something new!
With Notion, you can ask questions about anything related to writing or publishing on the forums or chat room (or even just share what book you’re currently reading).
You’ll find other people who are at various stages of their careers as well as those who have already achieved success, so there will always be someone willing enough to help out when things get tough along the way.
Notion helps me plan and execute both big and small writing projects
I can use it as a planning tool from big-picture vision to execution. This is ideal for writers and authors because it helps you plan, execute and organize your projects. You can plan your time so that you can make the most of it.
We can easily collaborate with other people on our projects. This makes Notion one of the best tools for writers and authors because we can easily share ideas with each other in real-time or when we want to work on something together!
I’ll admit that when I first heard about Notion, I was a little skeptical. Once we get comfortable with a tool, it takes a while to make an all-out switch.
It seemed like the kind of thing that would be over my head—and probably take up too much time to figure out how it works.
But what I’ve discovered is that it’s actually incredibly intuitive and easy to use, with tons of features built-in so you can get started right away on your next project. I highly recommend Notion for those of you that want a way to customize your planning tools.