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08 March 2017 @ 08:40 pm
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 :-)
(Anonymous) on March 19th, 2017 04:56 am (UTC)
OmniFocus looks kind of similar to MyLifeOrganized, which I've been using for several years. FWIW I've started to get into a bit more of a Agile Results practice myself, though I have a zillion recurring tasks in MLO to compete with all my actual goals.
Noahangelbob on March 19th, 2017 03:45 pm (UTC)
There's definitely a similarity. Looks like the biggest practical difference for most users is Mac vs Windows - OmniFocus has no Windows version, and MLO appears to have no Mac version.

What I'm missing from OmniFocus, and why I miss LifeBalance, is a bit of the goal-oriented stuff. I don't like standard Agile task tracking as a way to handle that, but it would be nice to adjust importance somehow based on what I've been doing too much or too little of lately.