Notion is essentially an app for creating custom apps. It’s a “no-code app builder.”
The apps you create organize your information and streamline your workflow. They’re “productivity apps.”
Take a critical look at any leading productivity app, and you’ll see that it’s fundamentally a system for managing particular types of information.
Behind the scenes, these apps organize your information in databases. The app is simply a graphical interface for the data.
In fact, all apps and websites are interfaces for information structured in databases.
When you create an app with other no-code builders like Bubble or Glide, you connect a data source containing a table for each type of content. If you’re building a CRM, you connect databases of people, organizations and deals. Google Sheets and Airtable are commonly used as the “backends” of no-code apps. The apps display the information in various layouts and filtered contexts.
Without exception, that’s how every Notion workspace should work:
Structure all information in related master databases. Access it through contextual views.
The benefits of this approach are immense beyond measure. To name a few, it keeps your information:
I include these databases in nearly every Notion workspace:
I commonly use these as well:
Relating these master databases unleashes the unique power of Notion to create a system that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
It allows you to maintain a single source of truth for each object type, and most notably, it automates your contextual views. Using database templates, you can automatically populate every database page with the related items from other databases.
That means each organization can display its related people and projects:
And each project can display its related tasks and resources:
Related master databases is the foundational principal of my Bulletproof Method, which underpins the widely employed Bulletproof Workspace template.
Members of Notion A-to-Z enjoy access to the template, and more importantly, a deeper dive into the implementation of Bulletproof so they can expand it to serve their unique needs. If you’ve yet to join, hop aboard and make the most of Notion. 💪