A new Perspective on GTD

Posted on Sat, 28 Mar 2009 in Productivity

By now I am sure you all have heard of OmniFocus, and if not let me start by stating that:

"This is the most powerful GTD® app on the marked today."

I have used OmniFocus on and off ever since the first public pre release, and when Omni later introduced "Perspectives" I was sold - I have been a die-hard OmniFocus user ever since. OmniFocus is very powerful, and can seem a little daunting at first, but after a while it'll grow on you and make you more productive than you have ever been before.

While OmniFocus could seem overly complex2 to the casual observer, "Perspectives" are what keeps it all simple. Perspectives are effectively user definable filters that let you "drill down" through all of your tasks and only show you what is relevant right now. E.g. I don't want to be bothered by work related tasks when I'm not at work - it lets you keep your focus.

If you haven't read "the book"3 yet, I highly recommend that you do, it has the potential to transform your life.

For a system like Getting Things Done to work you have to do it all the time, you have to make it a habit.4 When you are away from your computer you still need to be able to capture new tasks and ideas, and having two systems for the same thing doesn't work well for me. Fortunately Omni has created an iPhone version of OmniFocus that completes the system for me.

The only thing I miss now is for my perspectives to sync to my iPhone. But it looks like this might happen not too far into the future.5

  1. Give your self time to get acquainted with OmniFocus it'll pay off in the long run. 

  2. It really isn't - it's just very configurable. 

  3. http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0142000280/tag=davidolrikdk-21 

  4. and that takes time. 

  5. and you can help make it happen by emailing the Omni support ninjas and requesting this feature.