La Mirada, California, USA
Thanks for the replies, very useful.
I have started my GTD life today with the collection phase. Rather disconcerting actually and i have a desk pilled with papers and 100 off things in my Omnifocus inbox.
Yes I decided to go with Omnifocus!
So now to process and review. headache already!
The way I see it, the software for GTD (omnifocus - OF? - in my case) needs to distinctly manage 4 different things:
- projects list
- next actions
(I must say the ability to view the actions by context but still have multiple ones related to a project is good and seems to go beyond David's GTD book)
- waiting for
It is these 2 categories where the OF methodology doesn't seem clear.
I've read The White Paper OF, GTD and you (which started out really promisingly with a GTD style workflow diagram) but there after seems a bit vague. Using a "on hold" context for both of these 2 categories.
I would like a distinct Someday/Maybe section with separate categories e.g. Music, films, skills to learn, holiday ideas etc
Waiting for should IMHO be a simple list with just delegated actions
As David states in p140 of his book, there are 7 categories in the organizational structure and they should be "kept visually, physically and psychologically separate"
(the other 3 being calendared items - iCal and project and reference material - both in a filing cabinet)
So my question fellow GTD'ers:
How have you managed to fit this methodology into OF??
So my top level has a folder
Manage Our Farm Sustainably with sub folders of General Farm, Sheep, Orchard, Poultry, Horses, Ditch Company and within each of those folders is a folder for Farm Someday, Sheep Someday etc. Within those folders are the projects that are possible future active ones.
My lists of music to buy or books to buy is handled by having an on hold project which is buy more books. When I decide to activate it the action is decide what book to get from my saved lists. I keep the actual lists of books in a separate Open Office Text file and also in my DEVONThink notes. My kindle books to buy are in my Amazon Kindle Wish list. It's project support material so not directly in the Omnifocus system but referred to by the system.
My waiting for is a separate context because I am waiting for something but the project is active. So not really seen in the project view at all.
Oogie McGuire - Mac, iPhone & Omnifocus
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Paonia, CO USA
That's really helpful.
I was getting confused by thinking of waiting and on hold as identical but of course 'on hold' is a status we attach to any context (like waiting) or to a project (for example someday/maybe ones)
think i'm getting there!
I prefer OmniFocus though any software I've seen has to be "tricked" to really work with GTD.
For example in OF I use Someday/Maybe as a context. While that might sound really strange from a GTD perspective I'm just tricking the system to get it the way I want.
I have a top level folder for each Horizon and in Areas of Focus I use OF project items to represent my different 20k areas - e.g. Bills & Finances. Then I can use the OF action items to "hang" both actionable things as well as Someday/Maybe things by using various contexts.
It sounds more complicated than it really is and helps make my Weekly Reviews better.
How did you capture that thought?
Still using www.getflow.com. The app has come a long way since April. Check it out again and see for yourself!
GTD: Because It Works!
I have used both, and I've found that Things is much better suited for my needs. While Things isn't perfect, it is a much closer fit to my needs than OF.
I can't speak to the syncing issues that others have with Things--or its apparent lack of a quality sync--because I only use Things on my laptop. I have a different capture tool on my mobile that is always with me and suits my needs perfectly.
To each his own. No sense of loss or limitation for me at all using Flow. And the sync is great. Much better than Things and its glacial pace of development and obvious limitations.
GTD: Because It Works!