OmniFocus for Noobs – Part 0

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Ever feel like there’s something you’re forgetting? There’s something you should be doing, or planning, or talking to someone about… but what is it? That’s me, all the time, every day.

OmniFocus has always seemed to me like one of those apps that could change my life. People rave about GTD and particularly about OmniFocus – in particular The Sweet Setup recently named it their favourite productivity suite, and people like Shawn Blanc and David Sparks have posted extensive glowing reviews.

If only it weren’t for that intimidating learning curve.

But hey, you have to start somewhere, right? I’ve just installed OmniFocus for iPhone, and I’m going to try to use it extensively and preferentially in my working and personal lives. There’s a ton of resources out there, but like many people I learn best by doing. So here goes.

I’d be interested to hear from you if you’ve tried OmniFocus and love it, if you’ve tried it and hated it (and what you use instead, if anything), or if you’re in the same boat as me and have always wanted to take the plunge. Get in touch via our forums or on Twitter.

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  1. I have been using it for a few months on my iPhone & Mac. I found this site YouTube channel Omnifocus 2 for Mac to be quite a good resource when trying to find my way.

    It has taken me awhile to sort out Projects and Contexts, this article gives some good points. GTD and OmniFocus 2 - my productivity workflow

    I find that you have to learn to use the "forecast view" for your daily task list. Also make use of the perspectives view, I use the "due" perspective mostly.

  2. Following this keenly. I'm in Wunderlist land because it's so simple but I need much more.

  3. It looks good but I reckon it's overkill for most people. I'd use this in a corporate environment or if I was planning a major project like an overseas holiday or home renovation, but for day-to-day tasks and even repeating tasks, the built in reminders app on iOS is really good.

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