Tana turned my note-taking system from a one-dimension knowledge library to a multi-dimensional universe of knowledge.

How Tana Turbo-Charged My Knowledge Building & Writing

Ev Chapman
7 min readJun 26, 2023

The hype is real when it comes to Tana… and it’s completely transformed my spark notes & writing system.

Marshal McLuhan famously said, “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.”

After years of trying to stay tool-agnostic when it comes to talking about note-taking, I’m willing to put it all on the line & say Tana has turbo-charged my note-taking & writing like no other tool I have used before.

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I’ve been developing a note-taking habit for the last 3 years loosely based on the Zettelkasten system and I’ve used tools like Notion, Roam & Obsidian. But nothing compares to the turbo boost I’ve gotten by switching to Tana.

Everything else now feels like I was working in slow-motion compared to the speed, the quality and the depth I can get from working with my notes in Tana. And it doesn’t have anything to do with the speed of the tool itself.

I think it comes down to two fundamental Tana ideals:

  • Fields connected to Supertags. Tags are cool, but having fields as a native part of tags adds a…



Ev Chapman

Personal Knowledge Coach. I Help Solopreneurs Turn Their Personal Knowledge into Profitable Ideas with a Tailored System That Transforms How They Think & Create