@adiabatic OmniFocus is one app I’ve tried at least a dozen times with varying success and failure. I’m never able to get past capturing. By a week in I feel like I’m letting stuff fall through the cracks.
@scientifics I’m really interested in things 3 but my issue is I have no idea how to organize everything
@JeffPerry I can definitely write something up. Let me get to my lunch break and I’ll see what I can put together.
@JeffPerry I've been using Things 3 for a few weeks now and it's more than capable of handling different projects and tasks. One feature I particularly like is that it allows you to create groups of tasks within a project.
@JeffPerry the out of the box / sorry if too advicey response: examine some of your expectations for what you can do in a week, don't leave out self care, possibly do a modified bullet journal, and be gentle with yourself.
@jw thanks for the advice! My worry is I’ll put all theses tasks in Things and start to organize them and eventually everything will fall through the cracks because I’m missing something in my organization.
This post looks promising. I’ll give it a read for sure!
@JeffPerry If you care at all about the back end and where that data is and how many platforms you can access that data from, check out Toodledo. While there is a Toodledo iOS app, I am using 2Do with it as it has a better UI.
@frankm honestly I’m just looking for an app that supports syncing between my iPhone and iPad Pro. Those are my main two devices.
@JeffPerry What are you trying to track exactly? I have found that Reminders is great for one-off stuff because the capture is unmatched (from watch or phone by voice or typing).
@JeffPerry Also: I recommend looking for things that "fit" together (I can do half an hour of email processing while the laundry runs) but give up on multitasking. It sucked to feel like I was failing by not multitasking but that went away when I started finishing more and losing less.
@JeffPerry reminders for quick stuff and entering everything via Siri - if it seems to be part of something larger - i drop that task into my ‘Omni folder’ and that removes the task from reminders and puts it into OmniFocus where it will find its way to being part of one of my projects .... i like contexts - but limiting .. but omnifocus 3 ... which is in some kind of beta at moment replaces contexts with tags - and you can have many tags against each task .... and both apps sync across iOS and Mac devices
@Verso I mainly want to track my blog posts, podcast editing schedule, projects for Tablet Habit, and so on. I have so,e one-off stuff but mainly editorial stuff to stay on track and make headway on my projects for each of my areas (two podcasts I do and a blog)
@JohnPhilpin thanks john! OmniFocus is something I have tried dozens of times but always have trouble making sure I don’t miss anything in it. I have found I let a lot of things fall through the cracks with OmniFocus either with defer dates or simply never processing it. Capturing isn’t my problem, it’s what comes after that is.
@JeffPerry no problem! I have a lot of stuff to deal with with regard to tasks and so I really love helping others figure it out. 😀
@JeffPerry FWIW, I think far more important and what tool you use is having a system that you trust. I highly recommend reading Getthing Thigns Done or at least listening to a podcast or two about it. The basic steps of capture>process>do>review are key to getting your arms around everything out there without losing things...
@JeffPerry I never use defer but I definitely understand your POV _ which is why I never use defer ;-)
@JeffPerry I organize by area (and then project if it’s a big todo item that has multiple steps).
@JeffPerry When I see schedule, that screams calendar. It’s key to put tasks that must be done on a date on your calendar.
@scientifics so for the tasks in your calendar is it a matter of blocking time or having it be an all day event?
@alice I like Trello a lot but they don’t integrate calendars well enough imo. Todoist used to be my task manager but to me it’s visually unappealing and I didn’t like how I couldn’t hide tasks that aren’t active. But that’s just me, and I’m weird and finicky with my stuff.
@JeffPerry If you're not married to it being on iOS, I've been using a bullet journal and it's working great.
@JeffPerry I moved from 2Do to Things 3. I think either of those would be a good fit for you, if you're not going to go with Todoist or OmniFocus. Those are pretty much the main four task managers right now.
@JeffPerry I've also seen stuff fall through the cracks with OmniFocus, but for me this partly a self-discipline in keeping the Perspective or Flags (or your view of choice) relevant to what you're working on.
I've also used OF2 in conjunction with the Fantastical calendar app, where dragging a task of 30minute duration into Fantastical will create a 30minute slot.
Finally, I'm also looking forward to OmniFocus 3 when it ships later this year, especially multiple Tags (not a single Context) and improved reminders.
@JeffPerry To me, if something has a real due date, it’s worth blocking time on my calendar.