This Tana demo takes you from a simple #todo tag to surfacing todos on Daily Nodes and within projects. It was recorded live for Tana users in AP Productivity Cohort Six, and presented unedited here.
Use Cases and Tips
VR: I’ve been using the awesome for a while now with multiple tools. For those who don’t know it is a highlighting tool (similar to Hypothesis). After taking a look at Tana Paste capabilities I thought I could make it work pretty easily to paste highlights in tana!
BB: I use Tana for many things, managing podcasts, sales pipeline, CRM, but my favorite place in Tana is my Diary. In this video I will show you how to quickly set up a very visually pleasing diary in your today-node in Tana.
Sometimes I can be notoriously bad at looking after my well-being. So I decided to use the daily page to help coach myself when I need to feel good. This method works deliciously well for me as a way to guide myself through what I need at any given moment.
EC: Today I want to show you how I capture ideas in Tana and use Supertags to make it easy to add fields and default content specific to certain content types. So rather than having a bunch of fields that are not applicable to certain content, you can add only the ones you need. Plus I'll show you how you can powerful search and filter through all your ideas.
SO: What if you mixed Notion and Roam Research together? Tana took the best of both outliner apps like Roam and Logseq and database apps like Notion, Airtable and Excel. The result seems pretty great! Here's my first impression of Tana :)
Whatever applications you were using before, there are two things you need to do to get started in Tana to feel confident to find things again. And they are Capture & Search.
Does Tana replace Obsidian? = No.
Does Tana replace Logseq? = Maybe.
Does Tana replace Roam? = Yes.
Does Tana replace Notion? = Definitely.
The thoughtful execution framework is a process created by Annina Koskinen at Spotify. It is a framework helpful for UX designers and product teams to make less subjective decisions.
While our Roam importer is excellent, some people have idiosyncratic workflows from Roam and would like to make some changes to the data before importing into Tana. Shashank gives an excellent guide as to how!
This is Ev's tweet idea generation workflow. Live searches show her popular tweet frameworks to plug her ideas into or prompt her for inspiration. Each new Tweet has a search for frameworks.
With this Live Search, you can track what has been happening over the last n days in your graph. This works great for single and multiplayer use cases.
Script writing in Tana: track ideas for stories, characters, locations, plots. See how a popular childrens' fairy tale podcast runs on Tana.
How to use and set up Tana's special paste formatting to copy the metadata for academic papers from Zotero into Tana, with the title in the node and the abstract, author, year, etc. in the fields.
Here Tarjei Vassbotn shows his Tana fitness system. He tracks the type of workout, as well as his comments, feel, difficulty, and exercises. His exercises are tagged and organized as well.
LK: Every time I'm taking a drug, I create a new node and apply #medicine-taken to it. This new node would have one field "Medikamente" which would be an instance of #Medikament. The node would also have one field "Dosis" where I'd enter the dose.
How Brage Bang saves a layout with all of the tag configurations for his systems for easy adjustments
Brage was trying to set up a Discourse graph based on some examples Maggie shared a while back. When experimenting and setting up the interlinked #tag-structures, saving the main layout he used while working allowed him to navigate out of the view without having to reopen every single panel to regain an overview.
A simple setup for journaling, todos, and routine tracking. This comes with a simple search for his journal entries and multiple views of his remaining tasks.
WT: The reason why I've structured it this way is because I like to work with material from a bottom-up approach (raw material > claim > thread / synthesis).
Learn how Maggie uses Tana for her content pipeline, daily template, write better introductions, decision making, and travel. Her content pipeline content pipeline is particularly interesting - notice how she groups her ideas into columns by how far along they are, and then sorts the columns by her motivation.
JC: As we spent more and more time with Tana, we started to build more tags, and extended or changed existing ones. The key learning here: One doesn't have to have the perfect structure from the start. Start with the absolute minimum of what is needed, when you notice something missing, just add it and update existing records (if that's even necessary)