So, to give a perspective, let me explain a bit how I get to Coda.
I was always an avid user of productivity tools, jumping from one to other. Here are some tools I used before Coda to organize everything:
- Hubspot CRM
In 2017, the company I worked for, started to use Notion and, in a period where I was frustred with Todoist because it wasn’t anything else than a task manager, I decided to migrate to Notion and, oh boy, that was another world. When you understand that, to achieve good data records you need good database structure, everything changes. Notion became my daily driver, although, at that time, the app was slow and the platform had even less features than it has today. Because of that, I was always searching for a substitute. I saw Coda in it’s embrionary phase when it resumed to a simple “Word” page style, but with huge capabilities. After a few years, in the begging of 2020 I decided to give Coda a shot. By the end of the year I migrated my entire life from Notion to Coda.
From start, I saw so much potencial. I built elaborate automated systems from a time tracker to replacing Toggl, a super CRM to replace Hubspot, a task manager to replace Todoist, a note taking inbox to replace OneNote and a complete dashboard of everything to replace Notion. This is a supertool that can do it all.
But somethings pissed me off. The mobile app is barely usable. Nothing on a phone that takes more than 5 seconds to load is tolerated. In the begging, I think Coda took around 30s to open what I wanted it to open. Also, new features were being launched, but always looking kinda unfinished, made in a hurry.
But, while Notion was launching a new feature every month, Coda was launching new features every week. No way of going back, right?
Coda never fixed the simplest things. Like jotting a note in the phone is really important for a fast paced day life, but it’s a frustrating experience on Coda. The pace of updates where slowing down while Notion was going faster. And my last perception of the new super tools came like a hammer: I spent a huge amount of time perfecting those systems, generating more and more data, but I didn’t use even half of all that information. I noticed I was spending more time building systems than using them.
I decided to simplify. I don’t care anymore about complex numbers and data. Instead of creating crazy dashboards to investigate client’s behavior and build an automated email system, I noticed a better conversion rate If I just send them a simple message. So I don’t need anymore all the features Coda has to offer, but simple and efficient small features I can find in Notion.
So, my main take is: If you need a tool for a complex company operation, go with Coda. But if you just need a more simpler control of your own business and your daily life, go with Notion.
I am leaving this community by the end of the year and I grateful for everything I learned here. Hope I can come back one day. Thanks for the journey and I whish everyone here prosper!