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What one thing do you like most about Notion?

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NickAtLoot's avatar
a year ago

Simple single source of truth with intuitive organizational workflows

7 points
bobmichaelperez's avatar
a year ago

I love the fact that I can do the work of several different apps all in Notion.

Albeit the capabilities aren't always equal to the stand-alone "specialist" app that is being replaced, they are often more than good enough to get the job done and the benefits of consolidating/simplifying app usage far outweighs the typical shortcomings. For example, while not as full featured as Asana for project management, Notion definitely gets the job done for me for managing projects. Same with Google Docs, Google Sheets (except where integration is needed), Evernote, Pocket and more recently Google Calendar. I've literally replaced all of these with Notion. What I give up in minor features (at least to me) and more than make up for in using just ONE app for all.

5 points
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@maguay (replying to @bobmichaelperez )
a year ago

Interesting to hear you replaced Pocket and Google Calendar with Notion.

On Pocket, are you saving full articles to Notion, or just the links?

On Google Calendar, curious how you're using it to manage all your events! Hadn't thought of using Notion for scheduling, aside from tasks.

2 points
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@bobmichaelperez (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

Happy to answer, kinda long though:

Regarding articles: yes, I'm saving the full article, it's awesome. Using the web clipper and saving to a database captures the entire article. I have a database called "Resources" and I save every article that I used to do previously in Pocket. I created a Gallery view, set the "Card Preview" to Page Content and it automatically creates the card with the image and also saves the full article. Sometimes it doesn't save the ideal image (takes the first one it finds on the page) and some formatting is lost with the article but overall it's working great for me.

I also use tags for each entry for organization and have a "related to" field set up where I can relate the resource to a project in my Projects database. I used Pocket daily for years and have completely replaced with Notion. Related to projects and other things has been huge for me.

As for Google Calendar, I created a "linked database" with a Calendar view. It pulls items from my Tasks database (which is related to my Project db). This includes traditional tasks/to dos but I also started putting meetings on my Task list to make it all work. Afterall "meet with John Doe" is a technically a task, lol. My "Calendars" db has a view for "Meetings", "Tasks" and one for both.

At the moment I'm getting everything done with Notion using the following databases that are all related: Calendars, Projects, Tasks, Documentation (internal docs to support projects) and Resources (3rd party content that may/may not be related directly to projects).

Hope this makes sense and helps. Happy to clarify if needed.

9 points
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@maguay (replying to @bobmichaelperez )
a year ago

Super cool, thanks for the detailed answer!

That is true—there's a fine line between tasks and events. Guess the only thing missing vs. a traditional calendar app would be meeting invites?

2 points
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@bobmichaelperez (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

True, yes meeting invites is lacking. I don't have that many meetings per week so it's not a huge issue for me. I can afford to handle scheduling through email or will still reply to meeting requests of course, however I receive them: Outlook (used in our office) or Google (if a personal meeting). Then I just add to Notion and ignore Outlook and Google.

The other thing that's missing is recurring events (and tasks for that matter). I got over the manual entry recently and just suck it up and enter them or sometimes create the next recurrence as I go.

2 points
Falky97's avatar
a year ago

Collaborative editing!

2 points
polluterofminds's avatar
a year ago

I love the flexibility Notion provides. Want a table? You got it. Want a document? Sure. Want a kanban? Done. It takes many of the tools companies I worked with previously had to cobble together and puts it all in one package.

2 points
joepayneco's avatar
a year ago

Notion is highly customizable and incredibly flexible. We've been using it to build out our internal knowledge bases, company wiki, and organize teams and client info. Being able to link relevant pages, databases, etc. has been incredibly useful.

2 points
robturlinckx's avatar
a year ago

Once you conquer the Notion learning curve, you can master your business and life. The perfect way to centralize all your tools, information and processes. Great UX!

2 points
josebet1's avatar
a year ago

Notion is a fancy Notes.app. It's great for basic collaboration of documents and all of the added templates really allow Notion to be a great internal wiki.

2 points
nicovanzyl's avatar
a year ago

The versatility, I use Notion for personal, freelance business and planning startups.

1 point
saptarshinath's avatar
a year ago

I love the interface for the wiki-building capabilities.

1 point
AKL01's avatar
a year ago

Its fun to use. As a result, getting teammates to adopt it has been easy. Even people who didn't habitually document stuff earlier now use Notion.

1 point
_tthias's avatar
a year ago

Notion is the ultimate Note taking app, you can rearrange all your notes in pages and sub-pages which create with the time a massive personal Wiki.
Also you can use it for you to do, as you know to-do and notes are often related having everything in the same place is game changer.

1 point
em1365992556's avatar
a year ago

Tables - the multiple views, ability to embed a table in multiple documents, conditionals and calculations.

1 point
meet__chopra's avatar
a year ago

I can include everything in one doc. Shortcuts + / command

1 point
andromedarabbit's avatar
a year ago

Easy to use. Everyone even without much technology background can write things .

1 point
skazhy's avatar
a year ago

Really nice rich text editor & databases.

1 point
rimenes's avatar
a year ago

The ability to quickly create and organize documents/knowledge.

1 point
ValentinGeffro3's avatar
a year ago

You can do everything in it.

1 point
BrechtVds's avatar
a year ago

Very flexible and allows you to set up complex systems that works for the exact situation you need it for.

1 point
adityarao310's avatar
a year ago

The modularity and the ability to turn the same entity into a post, or a table row, or even a Kannan card if you like

1 point
leonsasson's avatar
a year ago

Versatile note-document for all teams, with lightweight tables and database-ish for better organization.

1 point
susanwliu's avatar
a year ago

The shortcuts. As an ex-banker, I don't ever want to touch my mouse.

1 point
shoaibgm_khan's avatar
a year ago

Ease of use, being able to do multiple things in once place versus too many things all over the place.

1 point
jcbcarlsson's avatar
a year ago

It's versatile and flexible

1 point
JosvdWest's avatar
a year ago

Notion is probably the best note-taking product the world has seen thus far. It's a good example of quality beating the competition (Evernote/OneNote).

1 point
joelfalconer's avatar
a year ago

Mixing docs, tables, to-do lists, and rich interlinking in single docs.

1 point
srijancse's avatar
a year ago

Single source of truth for all my documents and notes

1 point
garychin's avatar
a year ago

simple but powerful

1 point
TheDanChan's avatar
a year ago

Page based custom database enables me to create exactly what I need. I have an awesome todo database with exactly the right columns and all my knowledge is stored neatly in pages that are linked to the right ticket. It’s a very sleek design.

1 point
tylerwillis's avatar
a year ago

Notion does a really good job of being a team collaborative wiki. It's flexible enough to use in "single-player mode" and still get enough value that it's worth the overhead. That means that people don't push out of notion and do their draft/authoring elsewhere as much, so your team ultimately ends up documenting and using more ideas.

1 point
KartikeyaG9's avatar
a year ago

Notion has a lot of flexibility, which is great. It's a combination of note-taking + light database + light task/project management.

1 point
kevinwdavid's avatar
a year ago

Great way to organize my todos, notes, thoughts & writings.

1 point
jonbstrong's avatar
a year ago

The interface is extremely user friendly, making it easy to share with clients.

1 point
skinnyandbald's avatar
a year ago

the ease of embedding pages directly within notes and embedding references to other notes

1 point
brnt's avatar
a year ago

The flexibility.

I use Notion to manage my investor database but also as my Sales CRM. My startup's user manual and API docs are hosted there and I write up our blog posts there.

1 point
gabedealmeida's avatar
a year ago

I love how simple and clean the entire app is and how its use of emojis and cover art somehow inspires you to keep taking more notes!

1 point
hikikomori1729's avatar
a year ago

I use it as a personal CRM tool

1 point
ktkaushik's avatar
a year ago

Things I dig about Notion -

  1. Embeddable pages. I love it. I have got everything scoped out on one huge document and it's not really that big with pages embedded inside of it.

  2. The clean design - I never felt it before but Medium was too minimalistic and Google docs now just seem overblown for my basic needs.

  3. Emoji support - I mean come on, it looks awesome

1 point
tomcarra's avatar
a year ago

The bundling of lists, tables, charts, tasks, notes, light-weight databases, forms, and in a way not really thought of inside one product before is amazing. I'm currently building a product for a friends remote company, and Notion has become the foundations, almost the knowledge infa, of the whole business.

1 point
chieftanbonobo's avatar
a year ago

The ability to create ad hoc databases with various views.

1 point
vsemkin's avatar
a year ago

Nesting pages freely

1 point
prasadkawthekar's avatar
a year ago

Flexibility of form factors for content that can be created

1 point
phemartin's avatar
a year ago

Notion is quite powerful and flexible.

1 point
Zee's avatar
a year ago

It's wonderfully malleable.

1 point
mark's avatar
a year ago

I love its wiki capability and flexibility.

1 point
Livenadav's avatar
a year ago

What is the 1 thing I like the most about Notion?

Their logo.

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1 point
SamRukeyser's avatar
a year ago

Templates! After a few months of using notion, I realized that 70% of my writing there could fit within the confines of a template. Creating good templates is well-worth the time investment. My workflow is nice and steamlined now.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @SamRukeyser )
a year ago

Very cool, do you have any favorite Notion templates you could share?

1 point
ashpodel's avatar
a year ago

Notion does two things very well:
1) Typographic hierarchy & readability: Even with a minimal set of styling options, most Notion documents look and read great.
2) With the ability to nest content of any types, Notion lets you create your own taxonomy for your documents. That puts it way ahead of most other "Finder/Explorer" style interfaces which is just a dump of files.

These two features makes it worth it.

In all honesty, their table, kanban and gallery views are quite subpar.

1 point
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