So I’ve been experimenting with an amazing app called Notion for the last few weeks. I’ll admit that when I first came across it, I installed it on my iPad and iPhone and deleted it the same afternoon. It seemed impenetrable and a bit of overkill.
It’s safe to say I’m a changed man. And a bit of a Notion fanboy.
It’s now on all my devices and has replaced Evernote as my repository of all business-related notes, as well as becoming a kind of personal wiki. Right now it helps me quantify business development opportunities, keep track of professional podcast and blog planning, plan my travels, store the notes from my Japanese Class, track my goals and keep up to date with my reading.
It can definitely be overwhelming when you first open it up, but its flexibility is also its core strength. It’s not a pure note-taking app, nor is it purely for databases or task management. It can do all of these, as well as be a digital bullet journal, a household management tool, a learning resource and a general digital collection point for things you want to read, listen to or watch later.
Imagine you could create your own version of wikipedia and you’re off to a good start with Notion. And the good news is that there are so many helpful online resources to help you understand the tool and make the best of it. Here’s a good starting point from ‘Keep Productive‘.
I’m still on the free version, but as soon as I reach my storage limit, I’ll be more than happy to pay for the full version. For me, it’s worth every single penny. And for just $4 a month, to me it’s a bargain.
I’m gushing, I know. But this one app has solved several Evernote-related problems for me, and really makes the Apple Notes app look like amateur hour. It has definitely become my digital brain and helps me organise and and progress my ideas.
My one single gripe is that Notion doesn’t have an offline mode, so you need to be connected to a network whenever accessing it. I thought long and hard about this and, while they’re working on improving the offline experience, I’m happy to work with an app I can’t access on planes.