What really is Notion?
Notion is a versatile productivity tool that lets you create, organize, and collaborate on notes, tasks, and projects. It's often described as an "all-in-one" workspace, as it combines the functionality of a note-taking app, task manager, and project management tool all in one platform.
Think of Notion as lego. You can build anything, but you have to learn how to place the blocks in the best positioning and much like Airtable and Coda, no-code productivity apps are on the rise.
What can Notion do?
Here are some of the best qualities of Notion:
- Databases — One of the killer features of Notion is the databases. Databases are flexible ways to build your layouts — with board, table, gallery and calendar views alike — all in one location. Databases allow you to add filters, sorts, organize to your liking and much more. Suitable for all and customisable like an advanced way to use Microsoft Excel.
- Views — Views are a way to show your databases, giving you central views that are adaptable to each of your employees or co-workers. A view can be different for each person, and can be added to Notion databases providing a great layer to viewing your work designed by you.
- API & Integrations — Notion’s API is growing with an array of tools and extensions to plug and play with your other productivity applications. People are adding to this overtime and is considered more advanced. Thomas Frank has some brilliant videos about the API and how to use on YouTube.
- Templates — Notion templates present a way to copy and duplicate someone’s else’s hard worked efforts to create a Notion app or experience. You can buy or use templates from Notion’s template gallery or find a creator you like to get their templates in your Notion workspace.
There are so many wild examples of Notion and how it can be used:
Who is Notion Best For?
Notion is one of these productivity apps that can adapt your needs, like Coda and Airtable, these no-code tools open unlimited options for us.
This is perfect for those looking to build their own productivity system or copy someone else's and use it on a day-to-day basis to manage tasks, notes and projects. It is used by many millions around the globe for organizing themselves with Notion's databases.
Notion does the majority of things well - but not as well as the OG tools for each category, but for most it will leave them happy with managing all those things, in one place.