I have always looked for ways of working more efficiently, and being able to get the most out of every day by spending time on what is important and not necessary just the loud and urgent. What now seems like ages ago, I read a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen, and was intrigued by his approach to handling commitments, projects, deadlines — essentially anything that life hits you with. Continue reading
One of the best ways of becoming better at something is to simply do it and reflect on it afterwards, to iteratively become better for every attempt. This is true for everything from software development, meditation and even developing yourself. To become better at reflecting on my day, I started asking myself a couple of questions each night, as part of my evening ritual before going to sleep. Continue reading
One of the cornerstones of Getting Things Done is getting anything on your mind down to a trusted system. While this may sound simple in theory, how to actually handle different scenarios can be quite tricky.
Following the post on The 2016 OmniFocus Setup and Workflow, where I wrote about my GTD setup in OmniFocus as it looked roughly a year ago, I received some questions on how to take advantage of the workflow for certain scenarios. A Reddit user summed up these questions well in a comment, where the person was unsure how to handle the specific scenarios. I would like to answer a couple of them here. Continue reading
Joe Buhlig has, with his vast experience in using OmniFocus, put together a comprehensive and complete set of guides for getting the most value out of OmniFocus and GTD in a series of well-produced videos in a course called Working with OmniFocus. Everything from the basic setup to explaining an advanced workflow is thoroughly covered in an easily digestible video format.
Using Joe’s system and his down-to-earth way of describing his setup and workflow, these guides provide a solid foundation from which to build your very own productivity setup in OmniFocus. It’s a solid investment for becoming a master of productivity and efficiency, and it will take your life to the next level.
Check out Working with OmniFocus.
Airmail is an email powerhouse with a serious set of features to accommodate every possible way of working with email. It is available for both the Mac as well as the iPhone and iPad, which means that you will get a unified experience regardless which platform you use. Continue reading
I have written countless posts on OmniFocus and the Getting Things Done methodology, but this is the very first time I have gathered my entire workflow and setup into a single piece. Since my GTD setup is an ever evolving organism, this can only be seen as snapshot in time for when this article is written, and the real changes will be visible when I write the 2017 edition of this very post and highlight the differences. Continue reading
My post on perspectives in OmniFocus has been published on Inside OmniFocus! Go ahead and read Getting Organized Using Perspectives.
Getting Things Done provides an excellent framework for managing all aspects of your life. What could easily happen in a professional work environment though, is that there is already an existing tool in place to keep track of tasks for the entire team, be it Trello, Pivotal Tracker or some other collaboration tool. While it is certainly possible to keep track of some tasks in separate systems, there will usually be an uncertainty in what goes where and if everything has been captured and taken care of appropriately. The worst thing that could happen, and usually does, is that you lose trust in the system and things fall through the cracks because you missed to check one system.
Ever since the book Getting Things Done was released and the notion of separating actions in projects into contexts was first introduced, people have been trying to customize, and improve the effectiveness of their definition ever since. Being an OmniFocus user for quite a while, I naturally started out with the classic contexts that David Allen himself outlined in the book, such as “at office” and “at computer”. Times have however changed considerably since the beginning of 2000 when the book was first published, and certain context stopped making sense as the years went by.