Partner Post - A Notion Review. From making notes to building projects

Few months back, there came a phase where you could only find people talking about Notion on Tech-Twitter feed. This is what I learned

Partner Post - A Notion Review. From making notes to building projects
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Hello. My name is Vaibhav Dwivedi and I run a small newsletter on psychology called Psych 🧠.

I have been writing the newsletter for almost 2+ years now, with a sheer consistency of two emails per week.

One of the reason behind this long run is the motivation to dive deeper into psychology. There’s always a new research, peculiar studies and interesting phenomenons to learn about.

Because of this, I do a lot of note taking, researching, write-ups, jotting down of snippets when crafting the emails. This is also the reason why I have explored a lot of note taking apps.

From Evernote to Google Keep to iOS notes, I have explored them all and utilised them in some way or another to fulfil my end goals.

Few months back, there came a phase where you could only find people talking about Notion on Tech-Twitter feed. It could also be because of the confirmation bias which forced me to come across various online material related to Notion.

Everyone was talking about how fast, smart and reliable it was for X,Y,Z use cases. At first, I was a little hesitant to try Notion because I didn’t wanted to end up in a situation of having ‘yet another note taking app, full of notes which I am never to going to complete’. Also, the concept of Block system seemed like a wide learning curve because of pre-judgements that I had made.

Plus, I figured that it also didn’t have the folders feature (which I adore in Evernote). And a lot more comparisons were drawn in mind with Evernote. (Fast forward to current time, I don’t miss the folders feature after adopting it).

One day, I mustered all the courage to finally give it a try by covering it under the task of building my next project which was **LearnPsychology.Co.** Started off by compiling all the resources into a single page, just the text and links part.

After about doing it for 100-200 resources, I figured it was time to segregate things into categories. Also, with the Notion’s inbuilt onboarding tutorials, I learnt how you could create sections, heading and all the basics.

Example of how nested pages show navigation on top.

Notion has this internal page navigation system where you could nest pages inside others. This kind of helps in expanding and adding context for different places.

After compiling and listing all the resources, a thought came which my ‘lazy’ self praised more than the ‘active’ self. The thought was,

“Why not re-arrange the links into categories and just go with it?”.

Looks a bit neat, right?

After watching so many Notion tools being built and launch on various platforms, the confidence was reassured that this could be enough in itself to build something, worthy of a project in itself.

Because of this quick decision, my effort investment was reduced by 50% as I no longer had to build a website for presenting all the collected material.

And that was all. I ended up fine-tuning the document (or page?) with basic titles, descriptions and the ship was ready to sail! ⛴

This is the homepage view.

Some of the best part of ‘building on Notion’ includes how it fully incorporates itself with Google Lighthouse.

Also, with some nifty tricks and tools, you can add a dark mode as well as hook a domain to your Notion document (after making it public from the top right option of Share).

That’s pretty much it. If you are someone who is also thinking of getting started with Notion, this should be a helpful review of it regardless of your use-case.