Keep Your Most Important Things In Focus So You Can Find Ultimate Flow In Your Work

The Simple Way Tana Keeps Me Focused & In Flow Daily

Ev Chapman
5 min readSep 19


There is nothing more detrimental to finding flow in your digital systems than having to click around constantly to work on things.

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It’s one of the main reasons I stopped using Notion. Everything was siloed. If I was working in my content hub, I couldn’t see my daily agenda easily. Too many of my most important things were out of site all the time.

This kind of task switching kills your flow & productivity instantly.

That’s why I created The Focus Sidebar in Tana

It’s an easy way to keep everything I reference throughout the day within easy reach. I use it to keep my agenda in focus throughout the day, work on notes side by side & keep ideas I want to marinate throughout the day in front of my mind.

My Focus Sidebar Lives Constantly On The Right Hand Side of my screen

Tana’s panel feature is perfect for bringing up two things side by side. Typically I have my Focus Sidebar open on the right hand side throughout the day and then I can navigate to wherever I need to in the main panel.

This means no jumping back into my day page to see my daily agenda, or check on my current Focus Sessions (how I track my time). I can easily keep the nodes I reference throughout the day in focus.

I tend to keep two kinds of notes in my Focus Sidebar:

Reference Items

These are items I reference constantly throughout the day & I want to see them all the time. Right now I have three reference items that I keep in focus.

1. My Focus Timer

This is a little tool I built to track my time in Tana. I simply enter what I’m working on in the Focus? Field and press Start Timer. The rest happens by magic through a Tana Command that inserts the current timestamp & changes the state to In Session.

The visual queue at the top of my sidebar is a great reminder of what I’m supposed to be working on at that…



Ev Chapman

I help modern workers build digital systems for productivity, knowledge & creativity that take care of the busy work. So they can do the human work ✨