Saving links can quickly become messy, and I speak from experience. At my worst, I was using:
- Copy-paste in Google Keep
- Copy-paste in Notion
- Playlists for YouTube videos
- Notion Web Clipper
- To-do apps
… all at the same time.
Now, if you’re a Notion user, you probably heard about how Notion is THE all-in-one productivity tool. So it should be THE place where you handle these links. If you’re not a Notion user, go sign up, it’s free & will change how you organize your life/business.
Let me now show you how to save these links in Notion so that you start getting organized.
Create Your Content Database
Before you start saving links, create a database to store them. This database can be the Resources section of your PARA system. Notion makes it easy to create and customize your database, so you can tailor it to your needs.
First, consider the types of links you typically want to save for later.
There are three main categories for saving content:
- Read later: articles, blog posts, Twitter/LinkedIn threads, etc.
- Watch later: YouTube videos, movies, tutorials, etc.
- Listen later: podcasts, audiobooks, etc.
Next, you can categorize each of these content pieces based on their subject matter, such as entertainment, research, hobbies, health, work, etc. It all depends on your specific interests.
Your initial database should look something like this:
Now, you might want to make a few changes:
- Consider using a kanban view for better organization.
- Group items by Type or Tags for easier categorization.
- Display only unchecked elements to keep track of remaining items. You can use a filter on the checkbox property to achieve this.
Take a look at our new version in a Kanban board (without the filter):
Pro tip: you can also take notes from your content in the associated page.
Save to Notion
Once your database is set up, you can start saving links. Notion Web Clipper is an app that allows you to easily save to Notion links and web content directly to your favourite database. This helps you keep everything in one place and makes it easy to access and organize your saved links. The powerful search capabilities and ability to take notes on your content in the same database make it a game-changer for creating a personalized knowledge base.
How to Use Notion Web Clipper
- Install the the extension on your browser. It works with Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
- Go to any website
- Click on the extension
- Rename the link if needed
- Select your database (the one we built in step one)
And that's it! Now, whenever you come across something you want to save for later, simply click on the extension and it will remember your default database.
The Notion mobile app also comes with a default web clipper:
Saving links is just the first step; the real value comes from revisiting them. Bookmark your Notion database for easy access, and schedule some time to revisit the links. Notion's filters can help you keep track of what you've already checked out, so you can focus on what's left. You can also add a widget on your phone to quickly access them.
Using Notion to save links is a game-changer. It helps you keep everything in one place, and its powerful search capabilities make it easy to find what you're looking for. Plus, with the ability to take notes on your content in the same database, you can create a personalized knowledge base that is easy to access and use.
So, ready to stop saving links everywhere?
Download Notion's Web Clipper and get started today.
Start now & create your Notion account 🙃