If you have seen me anytime in the past year, you’ve probably heard me obsess over my new love, Coda. Coda is my new tech and productivity Swiss Army knife: I’ve used it to replace countless docs and spreadsheets, and I’ve also used it to build entire websites. Most importantly, I’ve used it to completely transform my personal productivity, because I’m no longer stuck using someone else’s not-quite-right productivity tools: Thanks to Coda, I an easily build my own.
Today in the Harvard Business Review, I look at how Coda and its brethren—most notably AirTable and Notion—are transforming the way we get our work done. As I explain in my HBR piece,
The best way to figure out whether a productivity platform can work for you is to just start using it. So even if you have grand plans for a really elaborate dashboard that will automate various parts of your work, start with something easy, like a task list you customize so it reflects the different ways you like to categorize and view your tasks. When I started working with Coda, I began by simply importing my existing spreadsheet of story ideas, and then creating a few different custom views: one that allowed me to see all my ideas, one with just my best ideas, and one listing the ideas that were ready to go out to editors.
This was my first life-altering experience of Coda, and it may still be my very favorite Coda application. But the truth is that I’m using Coda for more and more of my work. For more thoughts on how this new generation of software tools could transform your productivity, read the full story on HBR.