Yesterday, I realized I was having an existential crisis regarding task management.
I’ve been talking a lot lately how I’ve scaled back my usage of OmniFocus to try to be less stressed out by managing tasks. It was a great experiment to start, but as time has gone on, I frankly just haven’t been using the tool. Like, at all.
I’ve been running my life out of my brain and notebook for the most part. I’m still capturing certain things, but I’m not fully investing in a particular task management system. I’m dropping the ball on certain small items, but I’m keeping the big picture in focus still and handling the important projects and tasks (my brain apparently is surprisingly good at this when I know what’s important to me).
This all being said, I have a lot of big projects coming up, and I have no solid system to handle them all. They’re all important and all need to be done. As of right now, I’m mapping them all out in MindNode, but I’m not sure where to put them. Sometimes I feel like the limitation of making everything a checkbox in OmniFocus is difficult. I have thoughts, ideas, and questions that often go along with big projects, but I work better when they’re all together with the tasks.
At ProCourse, we like the idea of managing projects, not tasks, when it comes to collaboration. I’m almost wondering if taking this approach would be better on a personal level as well – managing the big picture instead of the little details. Of course, I’ll still need a list of actions that aren’t tied to projects, so I’ll probably have some kind of app around for that (and due dates, etc).
The other idea I’ve been looking at is some kind of a Personal Kanban system. I do not like Trello, but the concept of having a Kanban-like system for upcoming, active, and completed projects (or major project pieces) is appealing. It’s similar to what I’ve been trying to do with the channels of work philosophy from @Kourosh.
I’m really at a loss to some degree how to approach this, so I’d appreciate any thoughts you might have!