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Decision Tree Matrix to Filter by Variable Criteria

Here is how to build a decision tree matrix to dynamically filter by variable criteria in Notion. When challenged to find a way to set...
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Get First, Middle & Last Names From a Full Name String

I recently took on a challenge for myself to come up with a reliable method for extracting the first, middle, and last names from a...
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Date is Last Week, This Week or Next Week (Accurate Formulas)

If you’ve been knocking around Notion for a while you’ve probably had occasion to dynamically check if an entry date falls within the current week....
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Import Your Goodreads Library to Notion + Add Book Covers (No API, 2-Click Solution)

Recently, I migrated my Goodreads content into Notion. With that came the need to add book covers, as the Goodreads export doesn’t include hyperlinks for...
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How I Use Notion for Novel Writing

Once upon a time… I created a minimalist, distraction-free Notion template for writers that focused on just the words. I’ve used it extensively, but it’s...
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Calculate Business Days Between Two Variable Dates

In problem solving a scenario I found the need to calculate the number of business days between two variable dates. This turns out to be...

Auto-Increment Table Row IDs

Update 05/19/2023 – I am happy to report that this hack is now obsolete! Read the reason why here In the absence of a native...
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Convert Text Date to Actual (Usable) Date

If you’ve ever had a date written within a text-based database property, you’ve probably experienced frustration that it is not actually recognized as a date...
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Force Link Between Two Database Items Automatically

  Want to automatically link a new database item to an item in another table? Accomplish this quickly and easily using Notion’s new “Group” feature....
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Shoulder Surf Sessions #3: Using Template Buttons to Create Dynamic Layouts

  Case study: Creating a Pinterest-style pin board. Third in the Shoulder Surf Sessions video series we explore how to create dynamic layouts using Template...
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Multi-Select Progress (Count Number of Options Selected)

Do you have a lot of tasks or habits to complete, but don’t want to create checkbox properties for each of them? Here’s an alternative...
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Project Tasks Progress Display

Here’s a fun, new way to visualize the status of tasks for a project! We use formulas to calculate how many tasks are “incomplete” and...

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