Notion has been the crown jewel of modular productivity apps. In a short period, the San Francisco based start-up gained in popularity due to its unique take on note-taking and organization. As you may know, Notion is all about organizing your life, collecting thoughts, developing personal wiki, and managing to-dos with a modular approach.
It boils down to the end-user on how he wants to organize pages within Notion. One can build a page from scratch or use templates. Unlike Evernote and OneNote, templates play a major role in Notion app. They are the heart of Notion experience.
Starting with the right template can help you to save some time and introduce you to the core Notion functionality. Notion does recognize it. That's why it integrates many popular templates right into the app.
In this post, we will talk about the top 11 Notion templates to boost your productivity. The list will include suggestions from both Notion team and its community.
Notion does offer task management with reminder functionality. Either you can manually add tasks and reminder or use the weekly agenda template to start the week.
Here’s how I used it. I made a yearly (2019) titles page, added monthly sub-pages in it, and then I added the weekly agenda template to keep track of tasks.
You can type /remind, add date and time, and the service will prompt you to complete the task.
2. Content Calendar
As the name suggests, this one is geared towards content creators. Whether you are a YouTube or someone making content for a living, Content Calendar can help you organize the entire process from scratch. The template is similar to functionality offered by Trello.
The interface neatly segregates the groups by ideas, progress, in review, and published. You can even assign a specific task to a team member.
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3. Travel Planner
This one is suitable for folks who traveling frequently. Add a relevant icon and cover page and you are good to go.
The table under that will ask you to add location, name, date of visit, any weblink related to place, and more.
One can also integrate maps and contacts to the page. Overall, it’s a nice way to organize and combine all the travel plans on a single page.
4. Subscription Tracker
As more companies switch to a subscription model (rather than one-time payment), it has become a headache to keep track of all subscribed services. This template aims to solve that problem.
Created by Notion community member, the template lets you add service name, its status, relevant tags, billing period, renewal reminder, monthly cost, and yearly cost.
In a single view, you can glance over all the subscribed services and its details. Neat, isn’t it?
5. Life Wiki
Life Wiki is something you would see on most user’s Notion home screen. The template can be your wiki to manage all stuff.
You can keep track of family information, upcoming trips, life goals, reading list, ideas, exercise routines, and more.
The template gives you all the categories and relevant sections by default.
6. Tasks and Issues
Enough about personal templates. Let’s talk about some project management ones. Tasks and issues is a boon for software testers and project managers.
The template closely resembles Trello, but that’s the point of Notion in the first place. Replace existing solutions with one software.
Speaking of template, it comes with status, next up, in progress, and completed section. You can even add another section such as in review, aborted, etc.
The functionality doesn’t end here. You can also add relevant tags such as urgent or device-specific tags such as Android, iOS, or Windows.
One can even attach docs for detailed specific issues and assign tasks to team members. That's one powerful and neat way to implement the process of a project and track the progress.
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7. Product Wiki
Product Wiki is all about product timeline and management. Quite appealing to large IT companies as well as bootstrapped startups or SOHO setups. At the start of any project, you can gather project information, client requirements, make project timeline, organize mockups in one place, and more.
Rather than storing all kinds of documents and pictures in different places, you can use this template to keep them together on one page for easy access.
8. Goal Tracker
Notion also provides a decent goal tracker. Though it is not as feature-rich as some third-party apps, it gets the job done for beginners.
Goal tracker lets you add weekdays, activities name, and the checkbox under it. You can manually check-in each activity.
Remember, it won’t show you detailed stats or graphs with data. Since this is more friendly towards the beginners, power users should stick with their choice of goal tracker.
9. Company Home
Similar to Life Wiki, Company Home acts as a professional profile carrying all kinds of details and documents related to your organization.
You can add relevant sections such as company details, policies of different branches, leave policy expense policy, roadmap, employee rules, and more. Share that page with other employees in a read-only version, and you are good to go.
10. Job Applications
Students will certainly love this one. The job Application template is perfect for those keeping track of submitted job applications.
You can attach your resume, cover letter, and even integrate project portfolio. The below table will let you add a company name, stage of an application, position, due date, and more.
It’s a neat way to organize every detail of your job applications.
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11. Help Centre
Let’s say you have a build a product from scratch, and now you want to educate your users or team members with every possible detail.
Help Center fills the shoes just for that requirement. You can make a subsection for each feature and add a relevant document in it. For a long-term project, it comes handy to keep track of every function that needs to be shared with the end-users.
Use Notion in Style
As you can see from the above list, Notion cover every possible template for each use case. And this is just a scratch on a surface. Their community is growing, and as more users are utilizing the platform, they are adding more templates weekly. I’m sure you will find a suitable one to begin your Notion journey.
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