There is always buzz when a new app steps onto the scene that claims to be the ‘next big thing’ in productivity land. I have been guilty of jumping on the bandwagon of ‘shiny new toy’ syndrome. When Tana first showed up on the scene, I wanted in on the action. I signed up to the mailing list 3 times just to make sure I was on the list. Well, this week I finally got my email saying I had access to Tana. Instead of opening it and playing around, I deleted it.
Now all what I am about to say is all my opinion. Over the weeks since signing up for Tana, I have realised something; the app isn’t available anywhere but the internet, nor is it a final product. I have no problem with an app that is in Beta Testing, I use Logseq. Also, I could see the same thing that happened with me in Notion would happen in Tana. I would think I was doing work, but I would procrastinate from doing work, thinking I had to have the perfect system.
I have gotten Logseq and my PKM system to a place of ‘workable and not boring’ that I can do the work. Having figured out a system that works for me, I don’t want to change it. I had tried a lot of productivity methods, but now I have stripped some systems back to basics, e.g.; just enough tags that I need. I have found it has created more space.
The same goes for my PKM system. I need some organisation, but not a Dewey decimal number that has 10 digits after the decimal point. I want a place where I can go to articles I’ve read and can make notes of them at a later time. Metadata is useful as long as you don’t have too much of it, that you lose sight of what you were looking at.