One of the great things about Notion is that it makes it possible for you to automate your workspace with its API. This can open many doors for claiming back your time doing mundane tasks. But just because you can do it doesn’t mean that it’s straightforward to figure out how to go about it.
In the excitement of trying to automate your workspace, it’s easy to end up making things more complex. So, it’s always good to have a starting point for guidance. In this article, you’ll find pre-built automations and templates for common and practical workflows in Notion. All without writing any code.
Overview of Notion Automation Hub
The Notion Automation Hub is a Notion workspace that includes many goodies you need to excel at Notion. Along with 50+ pre-built automations and several useful templates, it also gives you access to Notion experts and learning resources.
Before you can use it, you’ll need to duplicate the workspace. To do this, just open the Notion Automation Hub webpage, click on ‘Download for free’, enter your email address, and click ‘Download’. A page will open in a new tab. Click ‘Duplicate’ on the top-right panel to add it to your Notion workspace.
Duplicated it? Awesome! If you scroll through it, you’ll see that it has many sections: Use Cases & Workflows, Automation Catalog, Automation Tools, Notion Experts, and Learning Resources.
Now, let’s discuss each of these sections in detail. You can also explore more Notion automations and integrations.
Automations and use cases
The primary feature of the Notion Automation Hub is automations. On the left-side panel, you’ll see a list of use cases, like Task Management, Personal Productivity, Sales, Marketing, and more. After clicking on one of them and scrolling down, you’ll first see a list of Workflow Automations.
Most of these automations are based on Bardeen. So, before you can activate them, you’ll need to download and install Bardeen in Chrome, it’s free. Bardeen is a chrome extension that automates your repetitive manual work, it runs locally on your browser so your data stays with you.
Once Bardeen is installed, you can select any automation and click on ‘Try it!’ to test it out. Beyond this, there are also other sections like Related Resources, Database Templates, and Help & Feedback.
If you’re interested in the automations by themselves and just want to browse through a curated list of them, go directly to the Automation Catalog. Here, you can view all automations by use case. These include automations not only from Bardeen but also other tools like Make, Zapier, and Automate.io.
Tools and apps
Besides Bardeen, many other tools can help you automate Notion and make it more efficient overall. The info for all of these tools is included in the Automation Tools section!
You can click on any of them to view details like plans, pricing, learning resources, and what sets them apart from the pack. You can also read an overview of them along with their top automations at a glance.
Bardeen is completely free, but if you’re interested in any other tools, it’s wise to see all the pricing options before you commit to it. So, just visiting this section can give you a more clear picture of which tool to go for.
Notion experts and learning resources
Here at Bardeen, we believe that learning is a continuous, everyday process. It doesn’t stop at one point or another. So, that’s why we included the Notion Experts and Learning Resources sections in the Notion Automation Hub.
With Notion Experts, you’ll get access to people who know Notion like the back of their hand. This includes August Bradly, Thomas Frank, William Nutt, and many more. Clicking on their profile pages will bring up details like their Twitter pages and recommended videos!
Next comes the Learning Resources section. Here, you’ll find a variety of articles, communities, and YouTube channels centered around Notion. If you want to excel at Notion, learning from these resources will open more doors for you and also allow you to create your templates and automations.
Pre-built templates and databases
Notion is filled with endless possibilities, but it can get quite overwhelming. It’s like what J. K. Rowling once said, ‘The wonderful thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting. The terrifying thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting.’ Creating a Notion template or database from scratch carries the same feeling, especially if you’re new to it.
To give you a helping hand, the Notion Automation Hub gives you access to sixteen database templates, ranging from task management to habit tracking.
Whatever use case you have in mind, there’s probably one available here tailored for that specific purpose. Just click on it and start adding data. Of course, you can also customize or repurpose any page to your specific requirements if you prefer. This can help you save a ton of time in creating your own from scratch. Let’s take the Habits Tracker page as an example.
By default, the habits listed are Wake up time, Meditate, Reading, and Workout. These are great habits to have, but you can change them to something else or add more if you want. It’s the same with all other pre-built templates and databases. The Projects and Tasks databases are even linked!
Automating Notion can be a piece of cake if you know where to begin. By acting as a central learning base, the Notion Automation Hub can help you save a ton of time. It’s a great place to start for anybody using Notion for work and play.
As a next step, we would recommend you download Bardeen and try out a pre-built automation included in the Notion Automation Hub. These can save you a ton of time and make Notion more useful than it already is!
If you use Notion to manage various projects and tasks, you’ll want to check out our article on Notion for project management.