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Gabz
Gabz

Unsolicited Micro.blog/Twitter/Mastodon poll (might delete later 😜):

Which, Task manager, if any, you all playing with these days? GO!

paulopinto
paulopinto

@Gabz Omnifocus

FatGeisha
FatGeisha

@Gabz Things 3

Gabz
Gabz

@paulopinto This was my forst ever, underused but effective, but been PC based at work, it's hard to stick with it.

paulopinto
paulopinto

@Gabz you now have a web version.

Gabz
Gabz

@TimeAffluent I have been playing with this one lately and enjoying it, just wish they either had a Windows app or at least a web app

Gabz
Gabz

@paulopinto yeah, but it’s hmm, I have tried it but I didn’t enjoyed it. Has it gotten any better? Maybe I need to revisit.

FatGeisha
FatGeisha

@Gabz I’m on Mac ecosystem here and it works great across all devices. What I like about it, that there is no monthly subscription. You pay once and it is yours. And it’s pretty 😆

Gabz
Gabz

@TimeAffluent I wish I was Mac based at work too. Would make everything much easier to manage.

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@Gabz todoist because I use a PC at work and being able to see and access all my tasks no matter what machine matters to me. If I wasn’t, I’d probably use reminders or maybe things. I think I could get away with Just reminders at the moment.

ChrisJWilson
ChrisJWilson

@Gabz oh... I also use Notion and that kind of does some task management (well project management).

Gabz
Gabz

@ChrisJWilson yeah , I feel like my only two options at this point are either Todoist or TickTick. They both have a windows app. I like how tick tick has a widget that can be always present on the desktop. I don’t think todoist has one 🤔, a widget I mean.

rexbarrett
rexbarrett

@Gabz I use Notion for everything now. Databases tied together for projects, tasks, resources, and people. Best system I’ve ever had.

maique
maique

@Gabz a bit late to this one, and it’s been talked about, but Things 3. Love it, it’s beautiful, pay once use forever, syncs amazingly,.. was on Todoist before that.

Gabz
Gabz

@maique I have owned Things for a long time but wasn’t until recently that I really got into it. My problem is, for work I use PC. Part of me it’s considering using either tick tick or todoist for work related stuff and things for everything else

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Gabz
Gabz

@rexbarrett I use Notion, rather, I under use Notion. Mostly to keep track of important notes and small project for work.

maique
maique

@Gabz I saw the PC part, but felt I had to chime in. I was a Todoist user for many years, and it worked very well, keyboard shortcuts for everything. I gave the other one a try, free tier, felt much like the same, or close, experience for me. Maybe more advanced users could use this or that special feature, but I saw no need to move to it. Then I remembered Things, got back to it after many years (my Todoist phase) and never looked back. I still think Todoist is a great service, and it works everywhere.

Munish
Munish

@Gabz to add my opinion. Workflowy and bullet journal in a notebook. Workflowy helps you digitise this if you so want or just have your own system.

Munish
Munish

@Gabz I will.meed to check things and notion out again.

joelhamill
joelhamill

@Gabz I need to use Notion more to see what I can make it do for me.

Gabz
Gabz

@Munish I dont think I've ever heard of Workflowy before

Munish
Munish

@Gabz web based. There are apps but the web version is good. workflowy.com

JMaxB
JMaxB

@Gabz Workflowy is very cool. But it's protean: an awesome framework for setting up your system the way you want it, but you might wish for some imposed structure.

jpayne
jpayne

@Gabz still and always OmniFocus

Munish
Munish

@JMaxB @gabz i agree with this. What is the alternative?

rexbarrett
rexbarrett

@Gabz I’m ridiculous, went all in on classes, live-streams, tutorials. Figured out how to build a second brain and went for it. Now my team, not because I forced it, uses Notion too.

sproutlight
sproutlight

@Gabz I also use Notion. It’s great for setting up databases to crossreference each other, both for scales of planning and information and notes. It’s great.

sku_b
sku_b

@Gabz I’ve drifted back to Reminders, due to location based reminders and it’s straight forward Siri support.

ronguest
ronguest

@Gabz Still using Things3...

Zacb
Zacb

@Gabz I use Trello for work stuff and reminders for everything else. Trello is simple and really intuitive and there’s some fancy functionality there if you want. Personally, I keep it simple and it works great for me!

Zacb
Zacb

@Gabz I also take a lot of handwritten notes. Mainly during calls. For that I use GoodNotes

Gabz
Gabz

@Zacb this is an approach I am considering. Maybe one system to rule them all isn’t as troth as most people think? I very much like Things 3 on iOS but honestly for personal stuff , reminders is more than enough. I work on a windows PC for my joby job so maybe I can have an app/system just for work.

Gabz
Gabz

@sproutlight I ahve been using Notion for work related stuff, still leraning how to properly use it or making work for me.

Munish
Munish

@Gabz @zacb you have to do what keeps you motivated. For me it is workflow, bullet journal on notepad and notes in paper 53 or goodnotes. After seeing your thread, I'm procrastinating and looking at other tools 🙈

Munish
Munish

@sproutlight I seem to find it slightly overwhelming but want to give it a go. Any good tutorials?

Munish
Munish

@maique how is Things on the mac?

maique
maique

@Munish Lovely. I really like it. It looks good, syncs good, great keyboard shortcut support, couldn’t be happier.

Munish
Munish

@maique will check it out thanks.

Munish
Munish

@maique wow it is not cheap lol.

maique
maique

@Munish It is not 😔

sarcassem
sarcassem

@Gabz I've tried them all. I do like Ticktick, but I've been actually using bullet journal in a physical notebook recently and just using iOS Reminders because it's easy and built in.

sproutlight
sproutlight

@Munish The YouTube account for "August Bradley : Notion Productivity" has a bunch, but to the degree of being overwhelming in and of itself, I think. What I did that's maybe less stressful was make a database, and just add or remove fields until it seemed to be working. Eventually, I realized that some of the fields I had as multi-select options would be better referencing another database, so I made that database, searched for the appropriate items to link as a "roll-up", and then once I had done so, I deleted the old multiselect field I wasn't using anymore. Right now I have two big sets of interlocking databases that developed through that gradual add method:

  1. For work/student stuff, I have databases titled "Learning" (with lists of classes I'm taking toward my requirements), "Discovering" (with lists of potential research projects), and "Practitioning" (with office projects). Those are crosslinked with a "Doing Scholarship" database that tracks individual steps. So, I can look at my lists of projects, and because on each project page I embedded a "linked database" view of the Doing Scholarship database that only includes items that are linked to that project, I can easily add/edit steps. But, I can also look at the big list of all the things I want to do with deadlines, and also use the calendar view to set "do dates" (something August Bradley talks about in his videos). Sometimes those individual actions are linked to multiple projects, like an article that I got permission to do for an assignment for a class AND that I'm submitting to a journal.

  2. I have the information in Notion for a novel I'm writing with a friend, which has a complex timeline with multiple POVs, where events need to be thought about both in terms of section/reader order and actual dates. So, I have one database for the events themselves cross-referenced with one for the POV sections, where the events then can both have dates and easily pull in the reader order from the sections and I can see them in various list and calendar formats. I also made databases for plot ideas, character lists, organizations, and places, which can then cross reference each other via roll-ups. So, for example, I've embedded inline database views on each character's page that pulls in all linked events, organizations they are related to, places linked to them, etc. Then I only have to enter the information in one place, but it all carries over to find it easily again by multiple references. When I recently added the organization database, I just created the database and linked it as a roll-up to the characters database; then every time I added a link on the organization side, it showed immediately on the character side as well.

Sorry that got a little long, but hopefully that's helpful about how you can start small with one database and add other databases that link in as you realize more pieces would be helpful.

Munish
Munish

@sproutlight What a thoughtful response.With such detail in this,how can I not have another look at Notion.I really appreciate this. The more I see people make the effort and treat others with respect and kindness on Micro.blog, like you have done, the more I am glad I joined🙏🏽

Zacb
Zacb

@Munish @gabz Ive been working fully from my iPad Pro for about 3 months now and figuring out a way to keep myself organized was the first thing I forced myself to do 😁

Zacb
Zacb

@Gabz that’s what I use Trello for - a “work only” tasks list. I keep it fairly simple with Ideas, Queue, In Progress, Completed, Paused, and Cancelled lanes for my tasks. It’s helped me a ton at work to stay organized and not lose sight of things.

sproutlight
sproutlight

@Munish You are very welcome! I hope that whatever system you land on works well for you!