March 8th, 2017

the really really long ladder, greatest triumph

Organizer Programs

I found OmniFocus awhile back, and have been using it heavily. Last week, the last time I actually counted, I completed an average of ten OmniFocus tasks per day. I also have hundreds of semi-idle tasks in six (I think?) major top-level categories... So, y'know, still actually using it.

(Also, Siri's ability to set reminders means I can just magically say something like "reminder: buy shoes" and have "buy shoes" show up in my OF inbox. The future is friggin' here already, is what I'm saying.)

OF is one of those scary Neil-Stephenson-style power tools (see "In The Beginning Was The Command Line") where you really have to adapt to it a small subsystem at a time. I'd hate to be the programmer who wrote a real onboarding system for OF, but they'd make an absolute mint if they added one.

Having adapted to OF over the last year or so, I'm now looking for how to keep messing with my workflow. Naturally :-)

Have other people used Balanced or Productive for iOS? Specifically, anybody know how I might sync that sort of information with my laptop? Or know a similar program that syncs? One of OF's strong points is Mac/iPhone sync. Having only iPhone support, even for a relatively simple subset of my tasks, is sounding unreasonably realistic, like something a Luddite would have to do because his computers don't magically do his bidding perfectly.

What I'm really looking for is a replacement for the now-defunct LifeBalance, which I used so long ago that it was on my Palm. The Balanced app is... about 30% of LifeBalance, but with a really pretty interface. It makes me want to reimplement something similar for myself, which is (naturally) a really bad idea :-)