I’m about 80% finished with it. Didn’t like the direction of where it was going and threw it away to start over again. But it’s the Holiday Retail Shopping Season now and I’ve had to set aside deep work like writing for after the new year. The idea of the Today list sounded great but it became a “planning” perspective for me instead of a “doing” perspective. So I’m still trying to iron it out. It’ll come when I finally think it’s baked enough. But if you have your own ideas of what a today list looks like, we’re all ears and would love to see it.
I hope you (and others) can take whatever works and fit it into your own system. Then it becomes yours.
I don’t think I’ve let go of OmniFocus. As much as many folks wants OmniFocus (or whatever task manager app of choice) to be the “everything plus the kitchen sink” app, I’m finding its role in my overall system. Some folks want to go all digital and some folks want to go all analog. I like finding my own place and getting comfortable. Life changes and what used to work in a previous situation doesn’t apply as strongly (if at all) in a new situation.
When I had stopped using OmniFocus years ago, I went back to analog. I wanted something basic and simple enough to work in. Create a simple system that I can work in. I can create my productivity habits and systems when it is stripped down to the basics. GTD was tough to absorb because there were all these building blocks that I was trying to adopt all at one time. The Zen To Done (ZTD) variation helped me slow down my learning process and add on blocks as I practiced and got better.
Later, I was able to get the habits in place and explored how OmniFocus and my digital tools would fulfill my needs. GTD is complicated because beginners want to try to implement everything at one time without taking the time to master the basic foundations of GTD - capturing, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage.
Our tools are worthless if we don’t have a system or set of habits in place to make it work. If we can get the system baked into our psyches, the digital or analog workflow works better. Returning back to paper allowed me to work on my fundamentals so that I can easily translate it back to digital if I wanted to.
I didn’t need to stay “all digital” or “all analog”. Pen and paper has its place in this world right next to my iOS devices and Mac. I have OmniFocus, Fantastical, and DevonThink working together. My 43 Folders and Hipster PDA. I think it’s more about developing an ecosystem with multiple tools instead of just finding a tool that does “everything.”
My interest in analog started up once again shortly after the 2017 hurricane that plunged Puerto Rico into chaos. What if I didn’t have access to the internet or basic things like power? What if foreign agents decide to crush our internet system and overwhelm us with denial of service attacks? I wanted to make sure that I can carry on without relying on a phone or computer.
And now I return back to my Holiday Retail Shopping Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!