Getting (some) things done

Macworld has posted their review of OmniFocus, the new task management utility from the Omni Group.

Some people deploy elaborate project-management systems to make sure they get everything done. Others just jot down their day’s tasks on the nearest scrap of paper. Most of us are somewhere in between.

Yeah, that’s me.  My personal productivity management system (ahem) consists mostly of a complex arrangement of sticky notes, colored index cards, iCal, and my iPhone.  I’ve been using the app for nearly two weeks, and it has been fairly good in freeing me from the Tyranny of Colored Bits of Paper.  But at heart I’m not a “GTD” person, and that’s made the learning curve a little difficult for me – it’s been hard to mold the app to my non-linear needs since it’s built around the GTD system.

More fundamentally, OmniFocus is not a simple program. It requires some learning and practice to really get adept at using it. It’s certainly possible to get a quick, simple list of the things you need to do today—but that isn’t the program’s default view. If you want a quick, unobtrusive way to keep track of your tasks, OmniFocus is too much.

That pretty much sums up where I’m at with OmniFocus.  I’ve had some success using it, and it goes well beyond the super-simple “To Do” structure built into OS X, but if I’m not using its full capabilities in a GTD way, I’m not sure I can justify the $80 pricetag.

posted 4/4/08 at 4:27pm to Mac nerdery · 1 reply · »

1 reply to “Getting (some) things done”

  1. John B. Kendrick said:

    I, like you, had a hard time finding an application for GTD, but I was really sold on GTD. I recently found an application that lets me access my GTD on my Windows computer at work, my Mac at home and even carrry with me on my iPhone. I wrote about my experience with the application in a couple of recent posts on my blog at You might find the information useful, especially since you have an iPhone. I have some other iPhone posts as well.

    Apr 5, 2008 at 8:05pm

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