Let me start with the conclusion: Notion is amazing. I cannot begin to describe just how much I love it. My whole life is now managed in Notion. I have my budget there, my calendar, work hours and salary, a food database, shopping list… you name it. Everything is on Notion.
And I use it for business. I have my business budget there, as well as information about all my books. I’m currently building my Something More series bible in there as well. I have all the major characters put in with pictures and I’m gathering information on them all as I go through and extend and rewrite the books.
I’m also setting it up so I can use it for organisation in 2020. I am going to become as organised as I am in real life when it comes to my author business.
What is Notion?
Notion is a note-taking and collaboration application—though I only use it alone. It has a markdown support system that integrates tasks, wikis, and databases. The company describes Notion as an all-in-one workspace for note-taking, project management and task management.
It’s cross-platform too, which is a huge plus. It has a desktop app—but I tend to access it via my web browser.
It is, sadly, subscription-based
You know I don’t like subscriptions by now. It’s always on my con lists. I worked my way around having to pay at first by having many different workspaces. One for personal, one for author business, one for the food database, and one for gaming.
However, on the free plan, you only get 1000 blocks in one workspace and my personal one eventually crossed that threshold.
The cool thing about Notion is that you can do a few things to gain credits, such as invite friends, log in on the web, log in on the desktop app, etc. All of these things give you $5 credit each. I had about $26 in credit when I’d done everything, giving me half a year or so free.
You do pay yearly though. Notion is $48 a year, so I had to pay the remaining. $48 isn’t too bad though. It’s much cheaper than Photoshop and Ulysses and Dabble. But having many subscriptions really adds up, so I do keep track of all this.
Is Notion worth it?
YES. If anything is worth paying money for, it’s Notion. I used to have so many spreadsheets and doc to keep everything in order, but now I can have everything in one place: in Notion. It’s so powerful and beautiful and you can do practically everything in it.
Notion is joining my must-have subscription along with Photoshop. Dabble might join them too—it remains to be seen after its trial run. But for rea, get Notion. It’s awesome.
Have you tried Notion? Did you like it? Is there another programme you prefer instead?