I know that everyone has been talking about Notion lately, but I still wanted to share how my pages are setup because I’ve been using Notion for nearly a year now and have figured out a system that works really well for me!
I want to start out by saying I don’t use Notion for daily planning, or even weekly/monthly for that matter. I do track a few things weekly/monthly, but my daily schedules and to-do lists are done physically in my planner!
Alright, let’s get into it!
First up is my home base! I keep track of some weekly and monthly goals that I want to accomplish, usually related to school or blogging. I also have a spot for ongoing tasks- it’s a place for me to brain dump things I want to get done that don’t have a specific due date.
Underneath that, I have a list of mantras. This is just nice to see every day. It’s a good reminder to stay present and mindful during my day. I’ll change these out every few weeks or so.
Finally, I have a list of daily habits and my ideal morning routine. This is not something I always stick to, but seeing it laid out makes it easier to remember.
Overall, this page is just a grounding page to keep my head clear!
The next page I have is called ‘mind space.’ Here is where the majority of my actual notes are! I use Thomas Frank’s template, which basically consists of three parts:
- Notebooks: This is where all of your actual notes live! You can create as many as you want. I have four, and I’ll go into each in more detail later!
- Status Dashboard: This is a database of all of the notes in each of your notebooks! It allows you to see all of your notes at a glance, which can be very helpful at times. I personally don’t make too much use out of it, but you can use it to assign a status to each note (open, urgent, or archived), as well as assign a category for each note as well. If you want to use Notion to keep track of projects for school or work, this feature would be perfect for that!
- Inbox: The inbox is basically a quick note! If you are trying to quickly create a grocery list, you can just click the “new” button, write your list, and then when you have a chance, you can just drag it into the notebook it belongs in!
The first notebook I have is for all of my life stuff, and it’s the notebook I use the most! Some of my pages include my workout routine, my monthly budgets, a wish list, and a grocery list. Basically, I just keep a lot of lists here!
Then, I have a page for school stuff, but this is more so just school planning- I have a page for all of my Thesis notes and sources. I also have a page for me schedule & requirements for the rest of my time in undergrad, and I have a list of potential grad schools! I don’t keep actual class notes on Notion- I do those on Word!
The next notebook I have is for blog stuff! I mainly just use it to keep track of some book notes, post ideas, and my favorites for my quarterly favorites post!
Finally, I have an Inspiration page! Here, I keep track of my quarterly goals and I have an “impossible list,” as well as a five year plan. This is one of my newer notebooks, so there isn’t much in it yet, but I plan on keeping track of my favorite quotes in here, creating vision boards, and saving anything interesting I find!
The final page I have is just an archive of past notebooks that I no longer use, but that I don’t want to lose completely. For instance, I have some notes from a PR course I took over the summer that I may want to look back on in a few months, so I have them stored here.
Do you use Notion? What are some ways you organize your pages?
What other organizational tools do you use?