Notion is increasingly integrating AI into its customers' workspaces. After the successful launch of Notion AI, a text-based AI assistant, the team has shipped three new features that should change the way we interact with databases. These new properties are AI-powered, and we're going to have a look at them in this blog post.
Notion AI properties
AI Summary is a groundbreaking database feature that automatically generates a summary of all database items based on their other properties, providing users with a seamless and effortless way to gain insights from their data. As an example, take a look at this database of the top three male players from Roland-Garros:
To add this property, simply click the "+" button to the right of your last property or navigate to Settings → Properties → Add a new property, just as you would for any other classic property.
What's interesting here is that instead of displaying all properties, you now only have to display one: the AI Summary.
By enabling "Auto-update on page edits", the AI can be triggered automatically each time a modification is made to the database item. This is awesome for lazy people like me 🙃
AI key info
The AI key info property is a powerful tool that consolidates all of your properties into a single, comprehensive output. You have the ability to choose which properties to include and customize the format to your liking. It's a game-changer for anyone looking to streamline their database management process.
Pro tip: Notion also offers the ability to enable "Update all pages", which allows for a one-time manual update to all pages in the database. This is an incredibly useful feature for updating all items at once with ease.
AI custom autofill
In my opinion, he AI custom autofill property is the coolest among the three. It empowers you to request any additional information based on existing properties or elements inside the page. For instance, in the previous example, you can request the height and weight of tennis players or any other publicly available information you desire. The possibilities are endless with this feature, and it makes Notion an even more powerful tool for automation.
The prompts are very easy to figure out: simply ask for the output and format you want.
Notion AI Translation
The Notion AI Translation property lets you translate any property you want into the language of your choice. You can even select multiple properties at once.
As of November 2023, Notion AI Translation currently supports:
Notion AI properties usage
If my understanding is correct, as of today (July 2023), all Notion users can benefit from AI properties, whether or not they have an AI plan.
However, if you don’t have an AI plan, you won’t have access to two features:
- Auto-update on page edits
- Update all pages (at once)
If you’re interested in using Notion AI, feel free to sign up using my partner link.
Notion AI Properties Use Cases
I will use examples of my templates to illustrate how you can utilize these new AI properties to transform Notion into your very own AI assistant.
Meetings Next Steps
If you record all your meetings in Notion (text-based recaps), you can use AI custom autofill to create a bullet list of the next steps to take, points discussed during the meetings, or just a simple recap with a few key highlights. I use it in my own Freelancer Dashboard template in the meeting notes section.
Job Boards & Applications
If you use Notion to post jobs and receive applications, as you can with my Startup Job Board template, you can use the AI Summary property to summarize all applicants' information at once. This can be really helpful for quickly scanning the applications and making a first sort.
Real Estate Properties
A real estate property is composed of many different sets of information, such as home size, lot size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, date of construction, etc. If you're looking at multiple homes, you can scrape all of that data (from Zillow or any other marketplaces) and use Notion AI key info property to gather everything into a short bullet list.
This can be integrated into my Real Estate HUB template and save you a ton of time.
If you have a database of blog posts or newsletters, such as the one integrated into my Blog & Newsletter Planner, you can use Notion custom autofill to gather more information on the topic you’re researching. This is a time saver and allows you to stay focused in your Notion workspace.
In conclusion, Notion AI properties are a game-changer for anyone looking to streamline their database management process. With AI Summary, AI Key Info, AI Custom Autofill, & AI Translation, users can gain insights from their data in a seamless and effortless way. The possibilities for automation are endless with these features.
While some features are only available with an AI plan, all Notion users can benefit from AI properties. With these new tools, Notion, your new AI assistant, continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what's possible in productivity software.
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AI Summary is a database feature in Notion that automatically generates a summary of all database items based on their other properties. This provides users with a seamless and effortless way to gain insights from their data.
As of November 2023, Notion AI Translation property supports English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Indonesian, Filipino, and Vietnamese.
As of July 2023, all Notion users can benefit from AI properties, regardless of whether they have an AI plan or not. However, the features 'Auto-update on page edits' and 'Update all pages' are only accessible to those with an AI plan.