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Jan 8 6 tweets 3 min read
Yesterday I wrote a thread about "build only what you need"

Here's what that looks like in practice:

I'm in a group chat with a bunch of smart people, and today it rained book recommendations.

I also have an extensive #Source tag that has a field >Recommended by

I could have made every recommendation into a full Source and then added the person recommending it...
But I didn't do that. Because I didn't have the time.

(I'm spending it now writing this thread, but oh well 🤷‍♂️ 😁 )

Instead I just noted down the books, tagged them all with a new ad-hoc tag of "book recommendation" and declared it done.

Maybe later I'll update this...
so that "book recommendation" extends "Source" or whatever.

I don't know yet, and that's okay!

As I mentioned in the thread yesterday: it's not about high-modernist perfect "rational" organization all the time.

It's about getting what you need, when you need it.
I hope you've found this thread helpful!

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This is one of the most common mistakes people seem to make when jumping into Tana (or other similarly powerful tools)

You don't need to start with a fully built out, high-modernist, top-down system. Start small! 🧵
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But that's not the case. At all.
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Makes me so happy.

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Notion has it, and Tana should too.
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