Notion focuses on showing trends in your data over time—be it a day, week, or month (or more).

In addition to pulling data from a variety of tools, an API, or spreadsheets, Notion also allows you to assign and collect data from another important source—your team.

We do this with ingredients and recipes, the building blocks for your metrics and dashboards in Notion.

What are ingredients?

An ingredient is how we refer to the smallest increment of data in Notion. Ingredients are similar to data in a row or column of a spreadsheet, and have regular reporting dates that can be updated daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly.

Sometimes this ingredient may be the only number you are looking for. Other times, it's a smaller piece of a larger formula (which we call recipes).

Ingredients are visualized in charts in Notion and can be added to dashboards. You can also combine or compare ingredients by creating a recipe. After you make a recipe, it can also be used as an ingredient in other recipes.

Ingredients can be updated by a team member by assigning them to report the data, or they can be automatically updated from an integration.

Our integrations pull data from your tools nightly, and you can choose to see the metric daily, weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly when you add it to a recipe.

What are recipes?

Metrics that require a formula are called recipes in Notion. They can be composed of many ingredients and even other recipes.

Recipes can be simple ratios or percentages like A / B or they can be more complex equations like ((A - B) * 12) / (C + D) — which happens to be the recipe for the SaaS Magic Number.

With our recipe builder, you can use existing metrics as ingredients—including team-sourced metrics and metrics from your integrations—or create new ingredients on the fly.