thx. yeah, I used to remember believing that my Franklin-Covey planner would solve my. inability to get work done. It was my center point. Then after numerous auditions with different task managers, I decided to give OmniFocus a try. I heard so much about the “magic” that OmniFocus would give me. That became the hub of my life. All that planning and organizing felt really great. All of my thoughts, dreams, ambitions, goals, and projects were all in one place. But it didn’t really do anything for actually getting things done.
Then I realized that all of the next actions were just hiding inside OmniFocus or whatever task manager I may be using. It’s just different when I took a handful of tasks from OmniFocus and committed them to paper. That made men intentionally choose what I wanted to do today. If I could get those tasks on paper completed, I could go back to OmniFocus and pick out another handful of tasks.
We have to put our projects and tasks in front of us. It was handy to have it on my clipboard and walk around getting stuff done. If those tasks were hiding in OmniFocus, I’m reluctant to take out my iPhone or iPad just to see them.
This is where paper worked best for me as part of my workflow - putting just the handful of tasks I want to do today and letting me see it. I guess I could do the same by putting my tasks on a whiteboard and those tasks are screaming at me to get them done. All the other tasks can stay hidden inside OmniFocus (or the task manager of your choice).