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I’ve been using Notion for several months now. Many people use it for notes, and some use it for setting up databases. In the notes arena, there are tons of students using Notion for advanced study, and that’s how I first heard about it. Once you start using Notion, however, if you are a tables, spreadsheets, and databases type of person, you’ll immediately see the potential of Notion for a very different kind of integrated system beyond what you can do with flat notes.

If you are on the database side of things, there’s a bit of a learning curve to thinking through how to architect your use of Notion to meet your needs. Just jumping in and setting up individual tables though is easy!

You can set up a table in a matter of seconds and start playing around with customizing fields, properties, filters, and views. For the analytical thinker, this is a total geek-out tool. 

I immediately set up a habit tracker-style table so that I could track some of the things I like to track daily in a bullet journal, composition book, or planner but often fall off of doing regularly. With a digital setup, I have found it easy to check things off during the day and at the end of the day. I have a system in place now where I set up the new day’s tracking log every morning, and then fill it in as the day unfolds. It’s one of the last things I do at night… scroll through the “sheet” and check off what I did for the day.

There are lots and lots of components to a good Notion setup. Relational databases and the use of “rollups” between databases bring a lot of power and interconnectedness to your personal documentation once you get things set up and connected.

I am still fleshing out my own system, but I have found that I really, really enjoy Notion videos. I’ve learned a lot from them, and I just also (not surprisingly) enjoy listening to people talk about productivity in this way. I didn’t even know all these people were out there, so finding Notion — and I discovered it via a YouTube channel — was like finding a bonus rabbit hole filled with people who think similarly about tracking and data.

There are many parts of my Notion setup that I hope to share, and there are parts I am still building. This is a project that can be tinkered with often, and I have spent a lot of time working on the setup I have, but I continue to shape it and let it evolve to really meet my needs.

What I’ve shared in this video is specific to tracking drawing. This is something I always aim to do. I draw daily, and these drawings add up. I’m not drawing a batch of things to sell. Instead, I’m drawing every day as part of my creative life. That process, habit, and routine yields a lot of drawing. While recording these daily drawings isn’t necessary, I like doing it, and I like being able to look back and see a log.

The flexibility of Notion takes things a step further in that I have the ability to set up an endless number of data points that I can customize, configure, and enter. I can then visualize those data sets in a variety of ways based on which format I choose and what filters I employ.

For tracking projects like #the100DayProject, Inktober (or Inktoportraits), and ICAD, this system will be invaluable.

I’ll be showing more, but I encourage you to give Notion a try. There is a thriving Notion community out there and lots of templates and tutorials available.

If you have questions, let me know.

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If you have an iPad and an Apple Pencil, you probably already know how amazing these tools are when it comes to note-taking. Some great apps like Notability or GoodNotes let you scribble and make handwritten notes on an iPad using the Apple pencil. 

But if you use Notion, a very powerful note-taking app that many productivity enthusiasts use on a day-to-day basis to take notes, make their to-do lists, organize tasks, and overall workflow, then you might wonder:

Does Notion Support the Apple Pencil?

Yes, Notion support Apple Pencil but only as a stylus and doesn’t yet have any drawing or handwriting support. Therefore you can’t draw, take handwritten notes, make diagrams or scribble on a blank page in Notion using the Apple pencil. In fact, the only things you can do with an Apple Pencil in Notion are – click, select, and scroll.

However, of course, you can create handwritten content in different applications like Notability, GoodNotes, or OneNote and then import it into Notion. So, if you absolutely need to add any handwritten notes or drawings inside Notion, you have to do the additional step, as of now, that’s the only way possible.

If in the future, Notion roll-out any updates, and supports Apple pencil natively, we will update this article and let you know.

Also Checkout: Best Notion Templates to Use in 2021

Can you Draw in Notion using Apple Pencil?

As I mentioned already – Notion currently doesn’t have drawing or handwriting support, therefore you can’t use the Apple Pencil on iPad to create drawings or diagrams in Notion. However, if creating drawings is something really important to you, also at the same time, you don’t want to shift to other tools just for the sake of pencil support, then there is a way of doing this.

Many tools available in the market, allow you to draw and scribble using Apple Pencil on your iPad. You can use the free and pre-loaded Notes for iPad or more advanced and premium GoodNotes 5, Notability, or Miro to do the same. But remember, just installing the apps neither means you can now draw inside Notion nor your drawings in the third-party apps would automatically be synced with your Notion account.

In order to add a drawing, you need to create it in a separate app first and when you’re done, you can import it into Notion. This works just fine if you occasionally need to add drawings. But if you regularly create drawings and diagrams, then unfortunately every time you have to bear the additional hiccup, until Notion fixes it once and for all.

Will Notion Add Support for the Apple Pencil?

Back in 2018, on asking about when Notion will add support for the Apple Pencil, NotionHQ replied on Twitter by saying –It’s one of their top feature requests, and handwriting/drawing support is definitely on their radar.

Even though they didn’t announce the exact release date, but we get a sense from the Tweet and the sheer number of replies that there are plenty of iPad users who desperately want this feature and Notion is soon going to support Apple Pencil.

Should You Use the Apple Pencil With Notion?

If you already have an Apple Pencil then instead of using your fingers to interact with Notion, you may use the pencil as a precision stylus, for sure it would improve the experience. But, if you’re planning to buy a new one just for the Notion, then it is not advisable, because we don’t know exactly when Notion will add support for the Apple Pencil, and how good or bad the integration would be.

However, as I said already if you want to draw and scribble on your iPad then go for an application like GoodNotes or Notability, only then purchasing a 129$ Apple Pencil would make sense and you’d make the most out of it.

Does Notion Support the Samsung S Pen?

No – Notion doesn’t have native support for Samsung S Pen or any of the stylus for that matter. If you have a Samsung S Pen then it can’t be used for handwriting or drawing in Notion. To do so, just like iPad, you’ll need to use a different application like S Note that supports the S Pen, only then handwritten notes can be taken and imported into Notion.

Keep in mind, while adding the handwritten notes from different applications like S Note, if you go back and update old notes, you’ll create duplicates. To avoid that make sure you’re deleting the old versions whenever you’re updating your notes.


Notion is an all-in-one workspace for you and your team. It was first released in June 2018 as a humble note-taking system, despite being very young it has evolved a lot.

Notion can be used on so many devices including the iPad. Although it is not perfect on iPad as it lacks Apple Pencil support and that’s the primary reason, holding many people back to make a complete shift from other offerings to Notion. Nonetheless, we can only hope for the best and see what Notion has up its sleeves for iPad users.

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Notion does work with the Apple Pencil, but only as a stylus. This means you can’t scribble on a blank canvas within Notion for iPad. It can only be used to click and scroll. That’s not to mean you can’t store handwritten content in Notion, though: You can always create it in a different application and import it.

Can You Draw in Notion with the Apple Pencil?

Seeing as the Apple Pencil can’t actually be used for handwriting in Notion, it also can’t be used to draw. That’s not to mean you can’t store your digital drawings in Notion, though: You can always sketch them out in an application and import them into Notion for safekeeping when you’re done.

There are several tools that’ll let you do just that. Notes for iPad is the most basic of the bunch and the most accessible, coming pre-loaded on all iPads out of the box. There are some paid options out there as well that offer more features, like GoodNotes 5 and Notability. Both are available from the App Store.


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Granted, this isn’t as seamless as it sounds: When you want to edit the document, you need to fire up the tool it was created in, make the changes, then export it it to Notion. But remember: This latest version won’t overwrite the old one, so you’ll need to delete the last or you’ll end up with a stack of duplicates.

Will Notion Add Handwriting Support for the Apple Pencil?

Notion has confirmed to Notion Wizard that adding handwriting support for the Apple Pencil is on its roadmap. It didn’t confirm when the feature will be added, however. All we know is that it’s something it will be releasing for Notion for iPad in the future. We will, of course, update this article when it has been added.

Should You Use the Apple Pencil With Notion?

Limitations in mind, it probably isn’t worth purchasing an Apple Pencil to use it with Notion. If and when it’s supported natively, it’ll be a different story. Until then, we only recommend picking one up if you’re planning to use an application like GoodNotes or Notability to take notes (or have a different use in mind).

Does the Samsung S Pen Work With Notion?

Like the Apple Pencil, the S Pen works with Notion – but only as a stylus. Of course, handwritten notes can be taken using a different application – S Note, for example – and imported into Notion for safekeeping. Just remember to delete the old version when updating a note to keep your Notion Workspace organized.

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Low tech, down-and-dirty sketch pad for creatives. Inspired by whiteboards, sharpies, and, of course, Notion.

🖍️ Draw below!

How to use

Type and enter the link:


Lightweight: No login, no setup required! Download to SVG Select color Undo/redo

Roadmap (Notion API is here!)

  • [ ] 1. Support multiple drawings
  • [ ] 2. Sync data to a notion database or current page
  • [ ] Mobile + Tablet? [Code]
  • [ ] Point drawing performance [Code]
  • [ ] Indicate that space is drawable? [Design]
  • [ ] Notification on copy [Design + Code]
  • [ ] Tight column view [Design + Code]
  • [ ] Download on web is broken due to block. Is electron using a difference chrome version?

Chrome Platform Status

  • [ ] Notion User Theme preference is inaccessible ☹️
  • [x] Actually copy the svg [Code]
  • [x] Dark Mode [Code]
  • [x] Store drawings, show on load
  • [x] Recognize dark mode on load [Code]
  • [x] Undo, redo [Code]

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