Notion for Beginners: An Introductory Guide to Getting Organised

You've heard of Notion and are wondering how to get started. This guide is for the DIY-ers and Paid-to-Win-ners. This is an excerpt of a Notion workshop that I developed and conducted while interning in Google.

Notion for Beginners: An Introductory Guide to Getting Organised

You've heard of Notion and are wondering how to get started. There's an insane amount of Notion resources out there.

This guide is for the DIY-ers and Paid-to-Win-ners.

This is an excerpt of a similarly-titled workshop that I developed and conducted while interning in Google.

Hi, I'm 1 of 31 (as of Nov 2021) certified Notion Consultants globally. I've been a Notion Ambassador since Jan 2020 and lead the Notion Singapore community.

I do not read every single piece of Notion content out there. While I live and breathe Notion, my priority is helping busy business owners and myself live an organised life.

Let's dive in!

What is Notion?

In my opinion, Notion best shines as a Knowledge Management too. Watch this video.

What can I use Notion for?

  1. A wedding planner
  2. Organise your family (including kids)
  3. Organise your garden

and lots more!

But first, plan your life. What??

It's really easy to go around collecting Notion templates, then realise that they don't link together. Which defeats the purpose of Notion. You want your information to be sorted and organised as a whole.

First, sit back and plan. What are the various aspects of my life? What are my current goals? It could be, "I want to get a job".

I'd ask clients more questions to help map out their life, then drill it down to actionable Projects and Actions.

Next, choose a Notion framework that suits you.

Why a Notion framework? It provides an overarching structure to an incredibly flexible tool - Notion. The structure will give a stable foundation and organising philosophy while you're learning how to use Notion.

Here are a 4 examples of Notion frameworks. There are tons more out there, you do the searching.

  1. August Bradley's Pillars, Pipelines and Vaults (PPV)
  2. Marie Poulin's Horizons (I'd recommend watching her 2021 videos first. Her videos don't name her system)
  3. Conrad Lin's Gamification
  4. Jay and Tim Jeffries' Notion Family Hub

Pick 1 that suits your vibe. Like building a new habit, I suggest trying it for at least 3 months before deciding if it works for you. Subsequently, you can tweak any framework to suit your unique needs.

In case you were wondering, I use a combination of PPV and Horizons.

The PPV and Horizons' framework templates are contained within their respective courses - Notion Life Design (PPV) and Notion Mastery (Horizons) - Solo*, Notion Mastery for Teams*.

Time to learn how to use Notion!

Free resources

There are tons of free resources out there. Bear in mind that Notion rapidly evolves and releases new features. Unless updated, lots of resources go out of date.

Pay to win

There are tons of Notion courses out there, your money your choice :)

Find like-minded people in Notion communities everywhere!

Don't be restricted to geography! At Notion Singapore, we have people from all over the world joining our online events and chatting in our online platforms.

Here's a list of some global communities aggregated by Roxana, who is also a certified Notion Consultant!

There's Notion communities sprinkled everywhere. Find your tribe, your people!

Find people to join you on your Notion journey :D

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