Five things I’d like from Notion

I’ve only recently started using notion but it is quickly replacing Evernote for note taking, Airtable for holding data, and maybe even Trello for roadmap/task management.

Here are five things I’d like to see in Notion.

Automation

Automation can improve productivity so much, but I don’t know any system that has got it right yet. Butlerbot for Trello comes close and is what keeps Trello slightly out in front of it’s competitors for me. It would be great to be able to automate tasks in Notion, especially if it’s used as a workspace for a team rather than just an individual (which is how I use it).

Shared tags

Tags are a good way to link pieces of content that are about the same topic but in different places together. I can create tags in one table but they aren’t available for any other table or document. It would be great for tags to be shared across a workspace to enable me to connect and pull all the different documents, table entries, etc., together.

Notifications

Notifications (and being able to control them) are another must for productivity. Being notified that a task is due or that a comment has been added to a document would be really useful. And the same event change that triggers a notification could be used in the automation.

Public workspace

Individual pages can be made public and so shared (although the url isn’t very human so maybe pretty URLs is the sixth thing for my list, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to share an entire workspace. Where I’m going with this is using Notion as a website. It would also require a means of navigating around the different pages but why would I write a blog post in Notion and copy it to a website platform when I could just publish it on Notion?

Week Notes #131

What happened this week…

  • Launched selling defibrillators.
  • Improved product descriptions on the Online Shop.
  • Trained the Ebay Hub Team in using Freshdesk.
  • Started discovery work on selling furniture online.
  • Placed an order for Blood Pressure Monitors with a supplier.
  • Discussed testing between Magento and AX.
  • Received coloured designs for potential new wedding pin badges.
  • Revised the contract for a Blood Pressure Monitor supplier.
  • Arranged for CPR Training Kits to be sent to defibrillator supplier.
  • Began working on extra functionality for the Central Ordering site.
  • Completed dev work on Magento to use Short Descriptions on product pages.
  • Discussed selling bespoke events clothing.
  • Met with the NDN Product Marketing Manager.
  • Finished adding products to the Central Ordering.
  • Updated the Ecommerce Time Tracker.

Read this week…

Doing next week…

  • Improving defibrillator pages on the Online Shop.
  • Investigating furniture delivery companies.
  • Creating FAQ’s for defibrillators on Freshdesk.
  • Designing Bundle and Grouped product pages.
  • Continuing to improve product descriptions on the Online Shop.
  • Discussing IT resources to set up the subdomain for the Central Ordering site.
  • Adding Blood Pressure Monitor product listings to the Online Shop.
  • Discussing changes to the defibrillators contact form with the Digital Team.
  • Setting up Fascinators on the Online Shop.
  • Sending the contract to our second blood pressure monitor supplier.
  • Discussing marketing for selling furniture online.

Interesting stat of the week…

  • 5.47% of our search terms since the beginning of the year were for ‘Celia Birtwell’, 1.33% were for ‘Defibrillators’, and 0.71% were for ‘Blood Pressure Monitors’.

In the not too distant future…

  • mLaunching Blood Pressure Monitors on the Online Shop.

Tea and cake with the Girl Guides

I went to a tea and cake party held by the local Girl Guides to fundraise for their activities and for two of them to go to India.

The cakes were very tasty, and all the girls did a wonderful job of greeting their guests, making them cups of tea and serving cakes. But I couldn’t help wonder what this says about how those girls are brought up to think of the role of women. The girls were all aged between 11 and 16, old enough to think for themselves if empowered to do so, and yet most waited for instructions from the group leader. They were all in subservient roles, there as waitresses, servers, tea makers. It concerned me. 

If I was working with that group the tea and cake evening would have been a chance to learn how to be entrepreneurial, how to run a business, set goals, understand cost, revenue and profit, how to market to the right customers, how to upsell them future support for the group, how to work in small self-organising teams, how to prioritise workload, etc., etc.

If girls aren’t learning these skills and more importantly how it feels to be empowered to be responsible and in control, and all of this is the result of how other adult women see those girls then it’s no wonder that they struggle when they grow up and go out into patriarchal and male dominated workplaces and systems of society. Equality has to happen on all levels, at all ages, and in every single opportunity.