This is no simple question and my love for analog tools is not letting me let this one go easily. I have found that my creativity goes up and my energy thrives when I’m doing work with pen and paper or even with a whiteboard. If I need to do some brainstorming, analog is easily the first place I turn.
But what about task management? I’ve moved my idea generation to paper with great success, but is there a similar benefit to doing that same move with a task manager like OmniFocus?
I’ve not done any hands-on experimentation with this one… yet. It’s purely a thought experiment right now. But I’ve realized that the simple process of managing projects and contexts is easily done on paper. There are all kinds of systems out there that prove this is possible. The trouble is, I’m coming from OmniFocus. I’m used to my AppleScripts, templated projects, repeating projects/tasks, and recurring checklists.
The hurdles I’m still working out (again, just in my head):
- How do I handle templated projects like editing a podcast or setting up a web server?
- When a project needs to happen every X days/months/years, how does that work?
- What about the simple checklists like a packing list, pre-meeting list, or my Weekly Review?