Notion: My shiny new thing for the new year

Will this second brain app give me the jolt I need?

Jim Esch
5 min readJan 8, 2023


The new year always brings along with it a heavy dose of reflection and projection — reflection on the year that was, with its peaks and valleys, twists and turns, and projection towards the year ahead. What do I want to focus on? What needs to change?

A lot.

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Looking backward, 2022 was rough on my creative life. Yes, I finished a novel at the start of the year. Yay! That was the peak. But I had a lingering hangover. The novel needs at least one more revision before sending it out, yet I was reluctant to do so. I was so relieved that the task was complete that I wanted to get as far away from it as possible.

The problem was, nothing much creative took its place. A poem here, a poem there. A drabble or two. Some pecking at creative nonfiction. Mostly crickets, though.

Then a bunch of side hustle work kicked in around summertime, and I was too busy for the rest of the year. The Medium publishing schedule took a nose dive. I tried to be okay and reserved about it.

Still the creative lack gnawed at me. I’m wired to make and share things, and I was missing a big chunk of what gives me purpose and satisfaction.