Lately, I have been feeling obstructed and not settled with my systems and started giving it a lot of serious thought about why and how to fix it, or if I really should. What really started me down this path is a life change. I quit freelancing after 18 years (as a software craftsman) and went to work full time for a company. The demands are much different.
Points that bother me about Omnifocus:
- I seriously dread reviews; daily and weekly.
- Everything has grown to large and complicated even though I’m diligent about no nested folders, as few tags as possible, etc.
- having to create automations to try and simplify feels like a red flag.
- It’s notifications have become a sound of dread.
- Planning my day eats up too much time and I have to use custom perspectives to achieve it.
- Notes implementation is just poorly done.
I could go on but those are my biggest points.
I started thinking about using Org-mode again. I like plain text and use emacs for my job a lot. But there’s no viable iPhone companion so that is out. It also requires more commitment than OF does to ramp up.
I looked back at TeuxDeux and while I love it the lack of notes and notifications is something I need.
I was updating software on my iPad this morning and Things3 had an update. I opened it up and was surprised to see the two big problem points I had with it are resolved and/or better than I expected they would be.
- Repeating tasks used to be cumbersome to remove. That’s fixed and now has a concept of pausing them. Hmmmmm. I can also choose to repeat from completion date or static date.
- It now has notes on a task and easier to get to than OF.
I started playing around; adding areas and projects and tasks. The concept of “this evening” for scheduling is very nice. Headings and checklists make my projects much easier and prettier.
Checklists easily replace the automations I have in omnifocus which kept my today list slim by linking to other lists of tasks (sometimes recursively). For music study, this is awesome. Repeatable lists of repertoire or technical routines. Wow.
Adding tasks to “today” is super easy. Calendar is very nice. I tested Siri integration with CarPlay in my truck. It works as good as OF. This is important to quickly inbox thoughts as I get them.
I hope I’m not being over optimistic because it’s a new tool which can always be fun for a while. But the fact that OF has become a thorn in my side I’m willing to try it for a month.