How To Make Notion SIMPLE and Focus Better
Simplicity beats everything.
It is common to find posts online of super beautiful Notion dashboards with thousands of likes and comments of people praising them.
Typically these dashboards take a long time to make, they include custom imagery, and they present on the screen EVERYTHING the user needs to see at any given time.
Although I can see the amount of work these kind of dashboards take, I don't support their use for any other thing than just showing what Notion is capable of.
In my humble opinion, those dashboards give me anxiety.
Too much information.
Too many graphics.
I can't focus.
Instead, here are some strategies that I've been following for myself and my clients to help us focus:
Creating single purpose pages in Notion.
I have pages called "Add New Task" or "To Schedule" for example.
These pages have a single purpose, and what's presented on the screen just helps with that purpose.
In this view, I can just add tasks to my system.
Once they're added, they disappear from the view using a filter.
Toggles for creating workflows
For workflows (aka step by step processes) I hide every step of the process within toggles.
This gives a very clean view and reduces my anxiety.
(This shows my content creation workflow for YouTube. Every toggle is a step)
Full screen apps
And finally, using apps in full screen as much as I can.
I believe that the least amount of information and icons we have on our screens can help us get less distracted.
I believe that the same way we care that our room is neatly organised and clean, we should do the same with the amount of information we display on our screens.
And there, less is always more.
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