How to Get Organized in Notion
Notion is a productivity app developed by Notion Labs, Inc., and it is a fantastic platform for taking notes and organizing tasks. With Notion, you can create to-do lists, manage tasks, track projects, and collaborate with other users. You can also create and use custom templates to personalize your experience.
I designed a Notion Planner at the beginning of the year, which you can still find on my site. You can customize it and make it your own, in addition to all the cool stuff you can do through Notion.
Here’s how you can get started organizing with Notion using the planner I made:
Create a Notion Account
If you don’t have one yet, create a Notion account and then head over to Flourish Planner to download my template. After downloading, simply click “duplicate” to add it to your own account. You can use it as is or customize it for your daily use!
Your Notion homepage will be your dashboard that will help you keep track of all tasks, goals, habits, and reminders you want to see. You can customize it so that all of your most important links and reminders will be right there every time you access your homepage.
You can plan for each year, month, week, all the way down to daily or even hourly tasks. Your to-do list and weekly habits are also synced to your homepage, so all updates immediately reflect on your dashboard.
This page highlights five different main goals, which you can see as an overview at the top. Towards the bottom, you have more space to map out each of those goals in detail: put in your “Why” and outline specific action steps that will help you achieve them.
This section is a great place to upload your vision boards, which you can easily make in apps like Canva.
I make vision boards every month for fresh inspiration. I also have videos for those and a tutorial on how to make your own.
This section is where you can put a quick snapshot of what you want your daily routines to look like. I like putting time stamps next to each habit to create a templated schedule that I can go by each day, but feel free to do what works for you.
You can also do it more generally, like with “PM Skincare” you can just list the correct order of products you use.
This is a monthly tracker, and it’s separate from the weekly one we discussed earlier. It is perfect for when you want to maintain your consistency every month, for habits like reading, unplugging, meditating, and the like. You can also add specific dates to see particular patterns when it comes to certain habits.
And, of course, you have plenty of space to journal! I love journaling on Notion because it’s easier than writing things down with pen and paper. I do stream-of-consciousness pages to just really get my thoughts out. It’s also a bit more personal than just typing something out on Google Docs or your phone’s notes app. Just hit ‘New’ and type to your heart’s content.
The self-care section is not really a planner or tracker. It’s a page you can visit whenever you feel down or need a bit of calmness, groundedness, or clarity. You can write down Mindset Reminders, which I like to read first thing in the morning—these daily affirmations help give me back my focus.
You can also set reminders for different categories. Mine are Mind, Body, Soul, and Environment, but you can definitely change these to suit your needs. Then, you can put little reminders and action points to help you when you’re feeling down or overwhelmed, like “Go for a long walk,” “Unplug from social media,” or “Watch your comfort TV show.”
I absolutely love my book tracker in the planner because I am an avid reader. Here, you can plug in your year’s Reading Goals, such as trying a new genre or reading a certain number of books. There’s also a cool “Books Read” counter that you can use to track how many books you’ve read—personally, I always lose count. You can also keep track of your TBR (to be read) pile, set a rough timeline, and write notes about what you’ve read.
There is also more than enough space for full book reviews. You can put a star rating, your review, and even your favorite quotes. This is great if you like writing detailed notes but don’t necessarily want them published on a public platform like Goodreads.
The Chores list is a handy page for tracking regular tasks, like cleaning and errands. You can assign frequency tags (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, etc.) and track the dates you last did the chore and the next time it needs to be done.
Here’s another fun way to level up your Notion. I like using Indify.co for widgets. To add a clock, just pick the clock widget, add a title, and customize it according to your desired aesthetic. You can add time zones and choose the format, style, colors, etc. Then, just click the clipboard button to copy the code.
Go back to your Notion app and click the + icon—when you hover, it says “Add a Block.” Scroll down until you see “Embed,” and then paste your embed link from Indify. You can also add other fun widgets like Weather, Quotes, Countdown, and more.
Notion is an incredible platform to plan, organize, and journal. With the Flourish Planner’s Notion template, you can create a highly personalized and curated space that’s yours alone. Use it to review your favorite books, build habits, list down chores, do brain dumps, and more.