Raising My Three And Me

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A Tour of My Notion

To plan with physical or digital planners – that is the question.

I was always that kid that thrived better with organization skills. I absolutely loved the start of a new school year to purchase supplies and receive the free agenda book that my school would hand out.

My favorite part of my day is sitting to plan what I want to do. If I’m being honest, I don’t always get around to planning. But, when I do, my day runs so much easier. It’s something that I’m incorporating into my daily routine.

I love being able to sit with a bullet journal and a pen. However, I’m such a perfectionist with the spreads that they are starting to make me not want to try. I wish I could be that girl who doodles these pretty spreads because there are so many fun things you can do with them!

But that’s not the person that I am.

Photo by eleni koureas on Unsplash

This brings me to Notion.

Notion is described as a database for everything. You can organize your personal and professional life in one space. You can kiss all of the notebooks collecting dust goodbye. You can keep it all on whatever device you use.

Raising My Three and Me presents… a tour of my Notion.

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It’s really hard to make that switch from physical planners, but I’m starting to prefer Notion after believing that I missed bullet journaling. Turns out, I’m just too much of a perfectionist to enjoy using a bullet journal. I have a busy life between my three kids, managing a blog, and figuring out what I want out of life.

Why I decided Notion is better for me:

  • I can swap things up if I don’t like them.
  • I’m getting better with technology.
  • I have backups of my Notion spreads across multiple devices.
  • I can play with colors, widgets, and do a lot with the appearance!
  • I can learn how to make this prettier faster than improving my drawing skills.
  • I don’t have to worry about my kids getting their hands on it.
  • It will be better for my more minimalistic life.

Setting Up:

This is not my first time setting up Notion.

I created an account while watching all of my favorite productive YouTubers use it and looked around everywhere for it. I use the free version but I had so many things and didn’t know what to do. I found that nothing changed and I knew it was time to start over.

Cover and color scheme:

A new account was added and I was staring at the blank screen. I needed to figure out how to make it pretty. Which meant finding a cover photo that I liked. Notion is linked to Unsplash (where I get most of my photos for my blog) so I was happy to find a pretty picture that gave me the feeling of relaxation – which set the tone: pink, yellow, and gray.

Widgets

I figured out how to make pretty icons (here) and learned how to embed widgets (here) and that automatically changed things for me. I opted for a calendar and a flip clock. The calendar doesn’t really do anything, but it’s nice to be there in order for me to see what day it is.

Another widget that I found and decided to put in is a whiteboard/blackboard where you can type, doodle, and just have a little bit of fun. I figured this was a fun idea of jotting down notes or just for the sake of doodling while on the phone or whatnot. This is supposed to remove the need for sticky notes or just scribbling on a piece of paper.

Pages

The last part of setting up was adding the details. I wrote a line that felt inspirational to me, “start the day off right, breathe, and have a good night.” that would speak wonders whenever I look at my page. I also wanted a succulent emoji!

On my left side, I currently have my calendar widget and pages that include a calendar (where I’m putting the details of plans), a key (for my daily to-do), and my bucket list.

In the middle, I have my to-do list that corresponds to my key which has certain symbols and colors that made sense to me. This is the ONLY piece that I don’t worry about my color scheme.

On the right side is my flip clock widget and two toggle menus:

Blog: content calendar, statistic tracker, blog posts, social media, and admin. I’m going to be adding a blogging goals page as well!

Personal: habit tracker, schedule, period, goals, brain dump, house, journal, and wish list.

Finally, at the bottom of my Notion, I have my whiteboard widget.

Here is my Notion!

Final thoughts:

I absolutely love Notion and I’m so proud of how far I have come with it! If I can learn, anybody can learn how to use it. I don’t blame you if you prefer physical planning – I just need to make this switch to save space, save money, and save my time.

Do you use Notion? Or are you more into physical planners? I love both but focusing on Notion is much easier for me.

Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post!

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10 responses to “A Tour of My Notion”

  1. I feel really dumb for saying this (and I must have been living under a rock this entire time) because I didn’t know what Notion was. I’ve heard it mentioned a few times in the blogging sphere but didn’t think twice about it until now. I too prefer digital planners over the traditional paper ones. I use google keep as my digital “to do” list and a simple notepad on my phone. It’s pretty basic, but seems to work for the most part. I’ll definitely be checking out Notion!

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    1. Aw, don’t feel dumb Hilary! It took me a bit to figure out what Notion was but I kept hearing it on all of the productive YouTube channels that I watch. If you prefer digital planners, you will probably love Notion! Basic is okay if it gets you feeling great and productive. Please let me know what you thought about Notion when you give it a try! It can be intimidating but if I can figure things out, I have faith in you!

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  2. This is totally new to me but I like what I see. It seems prettier than regular digital task managers. I will explore it sometime later this week, can’t wait! Thanks for sharing ❤️

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    1. I definitely recommend it because the other tools I’ve tried digitally were boring and I couldn’t utilize them how I wanted to. Let me know what you think of it! Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to read and comment! ❤️

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  3. Great Read. I use Notion also. I love the flexiblility and the customizations.

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    1. Thank you, Janera! I know we have been briefly talking about this over on Twitter but wanted to repeat on my blog that I appreciate you reaching out and that I would love to see your Notion if you’re comfortable sharing !

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  4. I love how your Notion looks! I started planning mine and I got to a point were I quite enjoy it and use it to organise my week and all the rest! I really love the colours x

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    1. I appreciate this so much, Cristina! I have become obsessed with watching people set up their Notion and share; it’s insane how many beautiful spreads there are and what can be done on it. Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to read and comment on this post! I’m glad you liked it.

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  5. Love that your Notion is so pretty and color-coordinated!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jihyun! I was pretty nervous sharing it because there are so many talented things that others can do on this database! Thank you so much for being here, reading, and commenting!
      And for sharing your content calendar with me on Twitter!

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