Mastering the Art of Organization in Notion: MAKE THE MOVE TO COLUMNS


In the 21st century, how you organise your digital workplace and allow yourself to work efficiently plays a huge role in how your work will go. Notion has a lot of neat little features that can help you organise your workflow but the one you’ll want to start with right away is its humble ability to organise your content in columns. It’s one of those ‘golden’ features in Notion that are not so well-known but if you tap into the power of columns in Notion, you’ll notice a boost in your productivity. In this article, we’ll show you how you can use columns in Notion to organise your digital workplace and start working more smoothly.


Why Move to Columns?

As someone who shifted from notes to columns in Notion, having columns instead of notes changes everything. It makes for a neater, more spacious and organised workspace where information can, at the same time, be chunked separately and quickly accessed. Being able to visually separate content or tasks of different types on the same page so that you don’t have to scroll infinitely is a huge win. This spatial organisation of how information is presented to the brain is closer to how our brains process information – it helps us make connections between disparate pieces of information and likely recall them more accurately.

Getting Started with Columns

It sounds like a big step to set up your columns in Notion, but it’s actually quite easy. The process is exactly the same whether you’re on a tablet, PC, or are using the web version. Here is how you do it:

  • Go to Your Page: Open the page where you want to insert columns. Create a new page (with Content) or reopen an existing one.
  • Column Setup: Type ‘/’ to enter block menu, type or scroll to ‘column’, then select the amount of columns (from two to five).
  • Fill your columns: Drag blocks into your columns. Just drop your content blocks into your columns whichever way you want. The direction you drag with is represented by an intuitive blue indicator that pops up telling you where it will land.

Perfecting Your Column Layout

Once you’ve got your content sorted into columns, Notion has some more fine-grained layout controls you can use. There are grey vertical guides that appear on either side of columns when you hover between them. These can be moved in either direction and the column widths can be adjusted to match content in the column. This level of visual structuring is just as essential to creating a visually appealing page as it is to making dense information more digestible and easier to navigate.

Undoing Columns: A SIMPLE MOVE

The only constant, it’s said, is change. When you decide that you’d rather have one column than three, Notion makes it easy to revert to linear mode. Just drag the blocks back to the left-hand side of the page. When you move items out of columns, Notion updates the number to match the new structure.


With the basics under your belt, it is worth exploring how to use the column feature to your advantage: track different ongoing projects with columns; categorise your tasks into priorities; or even use them to contrast different elements of your research. The limits of the possibilities are ultimately in your hands.

A Move Towards Better Organization

To conclude, making the jump to columns in Notion isn’t just a functional hack – it’s a change in mindset. The way you handle your Notion account will never be the same after this. With columns, you’ll find yourself harnessing a much more efficient, intuitive, and beautiful way to organise your work.

Understanding Columns in Notion: THE MOVE TO KNOW

Columns in Notion are not just aesthetic: they’re about making your content work for you in the most efficient way possible. They’re also a powerful tool for the visual organisers among us as well as those looking to get the most out of Notion’s capabilities. Although this feature is currently limited to PC and tablet views, bringing over the columns even to mobile views could be a move of the future as the Notion interface continues to evolve. Like it or not, a shift to columns means a shift to prioritising productivity.

Be it to clear up your digital life, improve your workflows, or simply yet seriously delve into Notion, remember: column, they say, is a venue of excellence.

Jun 09, 2024
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