@macgenie I actually have no prior direct experience with the GTD method; I’ve worked with people who followed it, and I’ve read some primers, but that’s it.
I developed my own task/project tracking system over the years, which uses a combination of pencil/paper, reminder apps (like Due), and calendar events.
So I’m evaluating which one lets me think the way I already think, and work the way I already work, but with more centralization, ease of visualization, and ability to let me juggle more projects at once.
And even in the last few hours, one of them… has begun taking the lead… (cue suspenseful old-time radio-show organ warble)
@jack tell me about it ... I am starting to use OmniFocus with many less categories than in the past ... and tags like they are going out of fashion .... the drag and drop on the Mac makes it easy ... but I still find myself spending too much time sorting tasks ... when I should be doing tasks ... so also I find a lot of stuff now staying in the inbox and being cleared before they even make it to the tagging / categorizing stage ... one thing I am thankful for ... I don’t have a recurring task to tell me to organize tasks!
@rnv I have used both ... currently back in Omni land. My simple summary ... Things is beautiful and Omni is functional ... the basic choice for me was form over function.
Out of the box and easy to get your head around Omni functionality and powerful with scripts and extensions.
Things out of the box not as rich and to me ( a non tech) the things extensions are waaay too much ... though undoubtedly powerful.
One other big kicker. I use calendars a lot and the ability to view your calendar ... with the tasks in the same view - at the right times was invaluable ... not possible with Things .. I asked ... they expect you to live in the Things app and view your calendars there. Like with Omni ... but the views are too limited.
Also @rosemaryorchard published a script that takes that a step further ....
@rnv As the weekend has progressed — even over the course of the afternoon — the decision has been getting easier. In fact, I think I’ve already decided.
But there’s a saying in my line of work: deliberate slow, act fast.
So I’m glad each trial period runs 13–14 more days, so I can keep testing them both, under many more conditions.
@rnv Have used every task manager under the sun available for iOS/macOS. I love Things 3 - I switched the day it came out and stopped trying out new tools after that. It just works like my brain works. The fact that it treats iOS like a first party system (native keyboard support for example) means a lot to me as I spend 99% of my computing time on iOS (iPad Pro/iPhone). Holla if you have questions!
@rnv sync is fast! I can watch things being entered on my iPad and Mac as I type it on my iPhone. Never had conflicts and I have multiple projects and repeating tasks.
The Mac and iOS versions have no differences in terms of functionality - which is awesome. Too many iOS tools assume I want to do things on a Mac.
@mdhughes Funny you should mention Trello. I had kicked its tires a few years ago, but had never really embraced it.
After farting around with T3 & OF all weekend so far, I just started revisiting Trello a few hours ago, by re-creating a complicated project I ran a few years ago using about a thousand post-it notes and a 15-ft long glass wall.
I’ll give it a look-see as a task manager.
I strongly agree about the value of “tasks-always-visible.” There ain’t nothing in this world I can’t postpone if I think I can get away with it; I need a task manager to nag the hell out of me and get up in my grill.