Tana Weekly 2023-12-03: Tana Updates, Logseq to Tana, Meeting Notes, Toolbox and Systematic You, Monthly Review, Christmas wishes and more

The latest Tana news, updates and thoughts during the past week. Tana Updates, Logseq to Tana, Meeting Notes, Toolbox and Systematic You, Monthly Review, Christmas wishes and more

Tana Weekly 2023-12-03: Tana Updates, Logseq to Tana, Meeting Notes, Toolbox and Systematic You, Monthly Review, Christmas wishes and more

Hi Everyone,

The usual Saturday post has moved to Sunday to mix things up a little and keep everyone on their toes. I will preface this by saying Unpopular Opinion, but this week, we have COP 28 in my neck of the woods, and although I am all for climate change, I am surprised at the audacity of prominent people in power continuously pushing for an immediate end to fossil fuels without actually thinking.

  1. They all arrived on planes (burning fossil fuels as SAF is not there yet).
  2. Renewable electricity is nowhere near where it must be worldwide to end fossil fuels.
  3. A significant proportion of their GDP comes from taxes and levies on fossil fuel products (i.e. fuel levy).
  4. To electrify the world, we need Rare Earth Materials along with Copper, Lithium, Cobalt, etc. How do these people think these materials come out of the ground?
  5. Where do these people think plastic (appreciate the damage this causes but it is used in just about everything) comes from?

Crazy! What they should really be saying is, let's (re)integrate Nuclear power into the mix, and then yes, we can really change quickly. More on why in a next publication.

Anyway, with that Sunday morning rant out of the way, let's move to more pleasant things like what happened in Tana's World this week.


This week, we had an impromptu release of a redesign of images in Tana.

Today we’re launching a redesign of images in Tana. They are now big and beautiful the way you’d expect them. Paste, drag and drop or click the little + and choose new image to upload an image. You can still name them, add tags, and even indent children - but you don’t need to 

If you view a list of images as a table, you can drag to resize the column to view them smaller. If you have an old node with an image that you’d rather indent below, cmd+k Move image to child and convert to plain node.

We’ve had support for AI generation of images for a while, but for those of you with AI turned on, we just added a much nicer dialogue with some pre-defined styles. Access it from the “empty image state” (insert new image with command or the +) or right-click on a panel title to generate a banner image.

We welcome your feedback here! https://ideas.tana.inc/posts/420-request-for-feedback-on-image-updates

The more detailed weekly release notes here:

2023 / wk47

Tana Weekly

Logseq to Tana

Without much fanfare, it is now possible to import notes from Logseq directly into Tana. To test this out,

  1. Click on the little person icon in the bottom left,
  2. Click Import Content
  3. Logseq
  4. Drag and drop content

Although this is a great addition, please be aware that the two apps are built differently, so some manual work will be required when importing. I am actually ya fan of slowly importing my notes manually as and when needed (or a few every few days) to ensure they are like I want them rather than importing a block of notes and then never looking at them as they are a mess.

Tana Toolbox by Ev

Ev blows us away again with her upcoming (free) Tana Toolbox newsletter.

The newsletter aims to make us all a Tana Pro in 5 Minutes A Day.

Here's the lowdown: 1x email every weekday with three simple tips to help you get the most out of Tana:

  • Tip Of The Day: A really quick tip you can start using right away.
  • Build Your Toolbox: A hidden tip or tool that you might not know existed.
  • The 5 Minute Workflow: You, me & a 5 minute loom video where I walk you through how to setup some of my favourite Tana workflows.

Check it out in more detail, and be sure to sign up, here:

Tana Toolbox Newsletter
This new newsletter series will help you feel like a Pro in Tana so you can start to keep track of anything in your life & work in just minutes a day.

Systematic You by Dr. Monica D.T. Rysavy

Sticking with Newsletters, Dr. Monica D.T. Rysavy introduces us to Systematic News where we can expect to receive the following:

  • Weekly insights to fuel your personal and professional growth (including Monica's latest "Look What I Found!" - tech picks)
  • Expert tips and techniques to become an everyday knowledge warrior.
  • Exclusive first looks at upcoming Master Classroom Courses, System Start live events, Big Build sessions, and other Systematic You offerings.
Want to Conquer Digital Defeat and Become an Everyday Knowledge Warrior?

Tana Meeting Notes Tutorial

Dario showcases a great tutorial on taking meeting notes with Tana in this great video:

Tana is a handy tool for taking meeting notes. It's collaborative, allows for great structure, and has powerful enabling functionality. In this video I break down why Tana might be useful for your professional note-taking.

Workflows in Tana

Wanting to discuss workflows? Then look no further than this Reddit post.

Would be nice if you could break down certain things that you'd like to be able to do. For example:

  • You'd like to summarise all the child nodes under a #meeting note.
  • You'd like to have a dashboard that shows X, Y, Z.
  • You'd like to create a gallery of images/photos
  • You'd like to have a workflow to process your inbox

Head over to the Reddit community and share your thoughts.

What kind of workflows do you often do in Tana?
by u/therealsyncretizm in TanaInc

Month Review

No introduction is needed on Renée use of the new month node. Fantastic!

Tana for annual/quarterly review or planning processes

In line with the monthly review, OP asks:

Anyone using Tana for annual/quarterly review or planning processes? If so, do you mind sharing the structure behind it all? I'm trying get my head around how I would tie supertag's together to set up a decent planning and review system.

A great response is provided:

Here are some steps

  1. Go to your workspace. On the right there are 3 dots "..."
  2. Click it > Open Settings.
  3. Open your Journaling node, it should have the fields day, week, year.
  4. In your day field, you should have a #day tag.
  5. Create a new node underneath it, then add a node with a criteria in this format: `DAY-OF-MONTH MONTH DAY-OF-WEEK YEAR`.

Example in the image attached: Here, I've created the logic so that for the last week just prior to the quarter or year starting, it will attach the relevant tags (i.e. #quarterly_review or #annual_review) to the day tag.

Well worth reading in full here.

Images in Banners

Stian showcases how we can easily integrate images in banners to get a great contextual aid when going back and looking at previous days.

Tana AI 2.0???

Olav, mentions: We can't wait to show you Tana AI 2.0, closing in on augmenting human collective intelligence, in a recent tweet.

Cannot wait to see what the team has in store for us, which leads me to this Tweet about a Christmas list of Tana features.

What would be on your "Dr Santa" list this year?

REMINDER - TANA Australia Meet-Up

Time for a Tana Meet up in Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday 19th of December. 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Enjoy a summer catch up with other Tana community, including some of our favourites-

  • Ev Chapman and Emmanuel Galanos will present some workflows
  • Matt will talk + we will also have a live cross to the Tana office in Oslo/Olav in SF.
  • Also we have Belinda Barnett, author of Evolution of Hypertext to discuss some of pioneers of computing relevant to Tana

Will send out some emails to those in Sydney, but if you are close, come say hello. Sign up here- https://lu.ma/nsdidu3t

Until Next Time

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please let me know.

Thanks again for reading, and I look forward to chatting with you again next week.