Notioneer of the Week: Marie Poulin

June 17, 2020
Brett Chang

Tell us about yourself!

I’m Marie Poulin - a designer, digital strategist, and workflow consultant. You might also know me as the host of Notion’s weekly Office hours.

I’m pretty passionate about helping entrepreneurs get their online systems sorted out, and helping them feel more in control of their day to day activities.

Not unlike them, I too was once a complete mess behind the scenes! I often felt the burden of a never-ending to-do list, a lack of systems, and way too many different apps and programs to track all of my notes, projects, and ideas.

Most people know me through the Notion community, but I got my start as a web designer, and evolved into doing digital strategy and eventually systems automation, with a speciality in online courses. For years now I’ve been working with entrepreneurs who run online course-based businesses, helping them streamline their workflow, manage their systems, and grow their revenue.

I am a systems + sustainability nerd and am currently working on my permaculture diploma.

How did you first hear about Notion?

I first heard about Notion from a friend who suggested we use for our mastermind notes.

It didn’t click the first time I tried to use it; I wasn’t quite sure what the big deal was, and it seemed like just another place to have to “check.” I left my account sit for almost a year.

It wasn’t until I was doing my permaculture studies that I really needed a place to store all of my messy thinking, images, notes, and learning. Evernote was too flat for this, and Asana was too “task” focused. I remembered how free-form Notion was.

I tried it again with this specific purpose in mind, and I finally started to see the power. I was hooked!

Funny now that I am quite structured in my use of Notion, but it was it’s creativity and customization that pulled me in: the ability to have really structured data alongside totally free form organic content was exactly what I had been looking for.

What's your favourite Notion hack?

Global blocks are a pretty neat little “hack”.

One neat thing I’ve been doing (not sure if it counts as a “hack”) that I really love is something that I do in my weekly agenda.

I have an embedded view of my daily journal, filtered to only show the current week. At the beginning of the week, I use a database view called “planning” which uses the cover image (day of the week image), and shows my most important tasks for the day (“win the day” tasks), as well as the theme of the day, and any meetings.

At the end of the week i change the view to the “Review” view, which pulls in a “photo of the day” by using a cover image that pulls from the Content instead of from the Cover.

This view also shows more of a summary view, including exercise, mood, happiness, effectiveness, energy, gratitude, etc.

It’s a neat little way to show different information depending on what context you’re in.

Can you share with us a template that you love?

I’m happy to share my Gardening Template with folks here:

and my Journal template here:

How can people reach you?

People can find me online on Twitter, Instagram, or Youtube, depending on how you like to connect:

And if you want to go WAY deeper into using Notion to run your whole life and business, you can check out my online course, Notion Mastery!

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