The test with Notion was a huge success. It reminded me why I chose Asana and showed me how to better work with Asana
My long and wonderful ‘Notion vacation’ has come to an end. I am back to work with Asana and friends.
I gave Notion the opportunity to lead me and sweep me away.
It did the first but failed the second.
For the avoidance of doubt, I think Notion app is fantastic, andit will be even more wonderful soon and ahead, with e-mail integration, web clipper, API and all the promised things.
Notion is powerful, friendly and enjoyable. The potential is enormous, and it won’t be surprising if Notion will conquer a top position in the productivity realm.
For the test, I brought to Notion a major, big and complicated project. A new project for a new client, so I could inspect the Notion environment for real, to details, from scratch, and open-minded.
For the project team, there was no “old workspace” to fall back on. Everything related to the project, except accounting, was in Notion from the start.
Everybody was happy. We all love Notion and adore the way it “thinks” and works.
So, quite fast the “big question” came up: “when should we migrate to Notion?”
The answers always started with the same four words: “Soon, but not until…”
The immediate obstacle was the lack of e-mail integration. Nobody dared to think of moving all our activities without having the ability to send and save e-mails to projects, workspaces, and discussions.
Can we wait? Yes.
While we were waiting, and exploring enthusiastically deeper into Notion, another big question started to pop up: “Hey, can we do thatin Asana?”
So we found out we can.
What happened is that Notion helped my team and me to understand better how things should be managed and it lead us to improve our productivity.
We implemented the ideas we got from working with Notion in our existing solution.
It works smoothly, so we don’t have to wait for Notion anymore.
After three months of intensive work with Notion, we finally migrated the test project to Asana, which now works better for us thanks to Notion.
The amazing (and fulfilling) affair with Notion made us rediscover why we chose to work with Asana two years ago, after a whole year of platform experimenting.
Once again Asana showed us how powerful and flexible it is. Read our Asana review.
Obviously, The test with Notion was a huge success.
Perhaps we would have given Notion more time, and be more patient with it, before rushing back to work with Asana, had it not been for the heartbreaking understanding that Notion will not have an RTL version anytime soon.
The RTL issue is not as crucial for choosing a task-management tool as it is for picking a writing tool.
Asana doesn’t have an RTL version either, but Asana is not expected to perform as a writing tool. For Notion this is the first claim.
The bottom line is, that if we have to separate our writing from our tasking, the All-in-One concept is a-priory irrelevant.
The added value of migrating hundreds of tasks from Asana to Notion is not that high, if at all.
And we love to work with Asana, a lot.