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Using Notion as a Resonance Calendar

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal

Hey friends,

I talked in last week’s email about how I’ve started using the app Notion as a Second Brain. Almost daily I’ve been discovering new ways of using it to make my life more pleasant and productive. Lots of you replied to the email asking for specifics about how I use the app.


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My Resonance Calendar on Notion - List View[/caption]

One of my favourite use-cases is my Resonance Calendar (pretentious name I came up with). Basically (as I alluded to in last week’s email), anytime I come across anything at all that resonates with me, I drop it into the Resonance Calendar on Notion. This lets me keep track of articles I’ve read, YouTube videos I’ve watched, books and podcasts I’ve listened to, and anything else I come across in life.

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The same database in calendar view[/caption]

In the past, after listening to a podcast or reading a book, I’d just move onto the next one. But now, I’ve set this ‘rule’ for myself that everything that resonates with me has to go into the calendar. That means that when I’m done with listening to a podcast in the car (or even midway through if something particularly interesting sparks a thought in my mind), I’d park the car on the side of the road, get my phone out and write down a few thoughts about what I learned.

Overall, this method has made me much more reflective about stuff I come across and it’s already sparked a lot of ideas for new blog posts, videos and podcast episodes. You might like to try it out - let me know how it goes.

Have a great week!

Ali

This week's podcast episode

Not Overthinking | 003 - Why do we hate networking events? | Episode 3

In this episode, we discuss why we hate networking events but love group holidays, and we try and figure out how to better connect with our fellow human beings.

Kindle Highlight of the Week

At the peak of the Fulfillment Curve we have enough. Enough for our survival. Enough comforts. And even enough little “luxuries.” We have everything we need; there’s nothing extra to weigh us down, distract or distress us, nothing we’ve bought on time, have never used and are slaving to pay off. Enough is a fearless place. A trusting place. An honest and self-observant place. It’s appreciating and fully enjoying what money brings into your life and yet never purchasing anything that isn’t needed and wanted.

From Your Money or your Life by Vicki Robin.

Stuff I've enjoyed this week

1 - Video - I absolutely loved Casey Neistat's interview with Mr Beast (they're both super famous YouTubers). I watched it earlier this evening after a long A&E shift operating on reduced sleep (shout-out to the clocks), and it brought me so much joy to see such a candid and inspiring interview from two people I greatly admire.

2 - Podcast - Tim Ferriss' interview with Neil Gaiman was also pretty great. I mentioned it in this month's Monthly Favourites video, so if you watched that then you get to hear about it twice!

3 - Video - Hayden Pederson's video about Gary Vaynerchuk's concept of document, don't create was very well done. Solid inspiration for anyone interested in making cool stuff.

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Ali Abdaal

Junior doctor, YouTuber, web designer, aspiring musician. Trying out this blogging thing.