Thursday, February 1, 2018

Rocking out with Dynalist

So I am on the cusp of some major changes. I am moving into masters thesis mode and also in the throes of formalising much of the coaching and mentoring that I do. It was ironic that my passion for old fashioned pen and paper role playing was the avenue through which my latest discovery regarding how I can organise my thesis writing and mentoring related notes in order. Enter Dynalist.

If you have ever used Workflowy, Dynalist is Workflowy plus all the nice things you wished Workflowy had.

For those of you who do not know Workflowy or Dynalist, to quote Workflowy's own blurb:
organizational tool that makes life easier. It's a surprisingly powerful way to take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm, plan and generally organize your brain
Imagine an online (with offline apps) WYSIWYG editor that makes collapsible lists using powerful word processing functionality, that can also be taggable and lends itself to (check)list making.

The limitations I found in Workflowy that are rectified in Dynalist are:

  1. The ability to very easily (compared to Workflowy) embed links in your text but more importantly embed links in your text to other parts of your writing. Indeed when you use the double "[[" function, Dynalist presents a search box and you can easily find the part of your own document to create a link to.
  2. MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS! Workflowy forces you to work from one ginormous document. Dynalist allows you to create separate work spaces which, even though you can simulate this is Workflowy, I just feel a little more psychologically free in Dynalist.
It may seem petty that two simple functions serve as a deal breaker in my mind, however once you use Dynalist's tagging function, everything else seems archaic in comparison.

In addition, these features also were significant in my move...
  1. Offline apps.
  2. Platform agnostic (I am working from a Google Pixelbook and Nexux 5X phone with occasional Windows 10 PC use, nothing I can't do on the Pixelbook though, just nice to work on a huge screen occasionally).
So I have set up a huge document to manage a Star Wars role playing game that I will be running for my sons. The ability to hoover up information and rapidly organise it in Dynalist made me start thinking about my thesis and then of course my thinking tumbled into taking my mentoring more seriously as I move to organise it a little better.

If you are on the cusp of an organisational revolution, check out Dynalist.

Oh, did I say that the vast majority of the awesome tools are available on the free version!?

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