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7 Creative Ways to Customize Your Free Notion Templates

When it comes to productivity apps, Notion takes a front seat. Notion templates are the blueprint to an organized personal or professional life, offering a simple way to manage tasks, track habits, plan projects, and more. The best part? Customization! But how can you mould them to fit your unique style? This article will guide you through 7 creative ways to personalize your Free Notion Templates.


But what makes a good template? This one’s easy. A good template solves a problem or need for someone, period. If your template looks ugly but works for you, it’s a good template. If your template is simple but works for you, it’s a good template.


Discovering The Best Free Notion Templates

Our subreddit r/FreeNotionTemplates is a goldmine for finding powerful free templates to fit your needs. The community boasts over 2,000 members who have shared over 250 completely free Notion templates, making it easier than ever to locate a template for any specific use case. We’ve also curated a hand-picked list of the best free Notion templates for 2024, which you can find here.


Any of these templates can serve as a starting point, ready for personalization. But before customizing these templates, you’ll want to understand how you work best so you can tailor them to suit your individual or team workflows.


Discovering Your Workflow

Start by defining your personal workflow, breaking it down into style preferences, specific tasks, and data requirements. Consider the objectives, processes, and outcomes that are essential for your template. For example, do you use Notion on a computer or an iPhone? Do you prefer a simple layout or a colorful one with widgets? Do you prefer simple checklists or detailed databases?


After discovering your style, identify relevant templates. Do this by browsing our over 20 free Notion templates here or check out online sources like Notion.so to find templates that are closely related to your workflow. Select the templates that cover tasks or projects you commonly engage in to save time on customization.


Once you've identified the template(s) you'd like to use, click the "Start with this template" button. If you're already signed into Notion, the template will automatically be added to your workspace in the Private section of your sidebar. If not, you'll be prompted to sign in or create an account first. You can also preview templates and see how they function before you decide to incorporate them into your workspace.

After adding a template to your workspace, you have endless options for modifications to fit your needs. Tailoring free Notion templates to fit your unique workflow can help you make the most of this powerful productivity tool. Here are 7 ways to do just that:


1. Reorganize Layout

Adjust the template layout by clicking and dragging sections, columns, or blocks to reorder them. Add or remove sections based on your workflow requirements to create a personalized structure.


2. Customizing Pages in Your Template

You can change the page cover photo, add/change an icon, and alter the page title. You can also select full screen for text or select a more condensed feel.


3. Notion Dark Mode

Our most popular template, Atomic, was designed for Notion dark mode, but strangely we’ve found that while most of our users prefer dark mode on their iPhone, they select light mode on their computer. It’s best to try both, so go to settings and give them a spin.


4. Text Modification

Add formattings like bold, italics, text color, or background color. Change heading levels, add bullet or numbered lists, and rearrange sections.


5. Free Notion Widgets

Typically, Notion widgets are free, easy to use, and featured in most of our templates. If you’d like to find our favorite 23 free Notion widgets, click here.


6. Add Blocks

Add blocks like callouts, toggle lists, or tables. Remove blocks you don’t need to reduce clutter or make space for extra blocks.


7. Add New Templates

Create your own templates or try Notion's built-in templates to supplement the functionality of the existing template. You can also add free Notion calendar templates to help you plan and schedule. For more about Notion calendar templates, go here.


Most importantly - Have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment. Think of customization as a Rubix cube. Keep tinkering until it fits right. Customizing Notion templates can be an ongoing process, so regularly assess your workflow and make adjustments as needed. Your main goal should be to create a template that optimally supports your unique needs and work processes.


Sharing Your Template

Are you proud of your creation and want to share it with a friend? You can make any Notion page a template. Simply click “Share” in the top right, select the “Publish” tab, and click the “Publish to web” button. Make sure the "Allow duplicate as template" is toggled on.


Submitting Your Template to the Notion Template Gallery

Ready to share your template with thousands of Notion users? To submit a template to the gallery, go to the Notion Template Gallery and click the "Submit a template" button in the upper right corner. Fill out the form (including your public template link, template name, template descriptions, and template category) to share your template with the Notion community!


Don’t forget you can always post your free templates to our subreddit with over 2,000 active users! Submit your template here: r/FreeNotionTemplates


Learning how to customize Free Notion Templates is an essential skill for Notion beginners. With these seven tips, you can make the most out of your templates and enhance your productivity. So, go ahead and give your Notion workspace a personalized touch by customizing your Free Notion Templates.


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