Intro to Notion

1. How Notion Changes Everything


Its no-code app. You develop your system on it. But it requires system thinking - which is different from component thinking(which is the default mode of people)

We fall to the lowest level of systems. When doing a lot of things, it generates a structural load on you. Good systems increases your structural integrity so you can handle it.

2. Systems Thinking Intro


It will let you see causual relations

Starts with recognizing that all systems are part of a bigger system. And each system is defined by its function in the larger system.

Another method of thinking is Analytical or De-constructive thinking. Its More common. You study each component - and you can integrate the knowledge into a bigger unit.

System thinking is looking at the world as a series of interconnected eco-systems interacting with each other over time. This way we start looking at patterns rather than components.

Traditional Approach

  • Linear Thinking
  • Scientific Thinking
  • Mechanical Thinking
  • Analytical Thinking

They study parts and assume that the bigger thing is the sum of the parts.

The value of system thinking is they show properties and causal relationships that don't exist in their components. You can see emergence. Its behaviors and properties that emerges when systems interact with each other. Identifying emergence is a corner stone of systems thinking.

How to do system thinking

  1. Identify inputs and outputs.
    1. Define the flow of the system
    2. how fast do things go thru the system
    3. is its steady flow - or does the speed change?
    4. is there bottlenecks? What happens when its builds
  2. Is it linear or circular.
    1. What parts are linear
    2. Which are circular. Fundamental parts generally are circular.
  3. Look for patterns.
    1. Define, describe, visualize.
    2. Map them out using flow chart.
    3. If you find patterns in one part, see if you can find the same in other parts. Or at different scales.
    4. Fractal patterns
  4. Find feedback loops
    1. Self magnifying or self delimiting pattern - over time. Which each iteration they change for bigger or lesser.
    2. Find the causality in it.
  5. Understand balancing processes
    1. What guard rails or counter forces keep things on track.
    2. How surprises are dealt with.
  6. Study interactions with other systems.
    1. What larger systems are this system a part of.
    2. Do the same thing for the larger system.

3. Notion Design with Systems Thinking Approach


4. My Notion Life Operating System Overview


Every system should have goals and objective clearly defined. For this system, the objectives are

  1. Transparency
    1. Where everything is
    2. How is it progressing
    3. What is stuck
  2. Prioritization
    1. What matters most
    2. In what order
  3. Focus
    1. When I sit down to work, I have everything I need - and nothing to distract



[Aspects of life](Life Definitions/Aspects of your life.txt) - each one is a pillar.


Things in progress - must be tracked


Knowledge Management System

Action Zone

  • Today
  • Tomorrow
  • Waiting on
  • Not to do list

Action List

  • Priority
  • Do On Date
  • Due date
  • Link to a Aspect of Life
  • Project
  • Dependent Tasks

Daily Tracking - Things you do every day

Calendar View

Pillar -> Pipeline Pyramid

Guiding Principles

  • Overarching Personal Theme
  • Fuel
  • My Life Flywheel
  • My Why : Driving force behind what I do and why I do it
  • Life Compass : Guiding Direction

Life Principles

  • Annual Plan and insight
  • Quarter/Monthly/Weekly Insight
  • Milestones
    • Accomplishments
    • Disappointments

Goal Pipeline

  • Value Goals : Aspirations - things we want to happen - soft. Eg. OSM is a success
  • Goal Outcomes : Tangible outcomes of the value goals. Eg. OSM Have 10000 followers on Twitter.

Week/Month/Quarter Review

At end of week...

  • Objectives
  • Focus Level
  • Effectiveness
  • Gratitude
  • Accomplishments
  • Disappointments
  • Improvements

Ideally these roll up from your daily data

Mindset And Identity Sculpting

Habits and Routines

Mind Expansion

Knowledge Management

  • Books
  • Media
  • Courses
  • Research