Goodbye OmniFocus, hello Things

No surprise there. It was obvious as soon as I downloaded Things that it was just what I was looking for. Here’s why it beat OmniFocus.

OmniFocus was the first GTD app I tried. I found it by chance after seeing its beta release mentioned on MacUser in November. At this point I’d barely even heard of Getting Things Done. I’d seen it mentioned in a couple of other blogs but didn’t really know what it was. Anyway, I thought OmniFocus looked interesting, watched the screencast and immediately downloaded it. Read the rest of this entry »


Which email for my iPhone?

What’s the best type of email for using with an iPhone? For me it has to be IMAP so I can sync it with my Mac easily. My usual email set up is a POP3 Yahoo account (with BT Internet) that forwards mail to my IMAP .Mac account.

Things had been working well until last week when I noticed some emails weren’t coming through. I had registered with a couple of websites and never received the promised welcome emails. I suspect they were (incorrectly) categorised as spam. I fiddled around with some settings, turned off the spam filters and stopped Yahoo forwarding to .Mac and had the emails resent. Everything worked fine if they were sent to either Yahoo or .Mac but not when forwarded. I don’t know whether the fault lies with BT or Apple. But either way, I have lost confidence in my email setup. So I considered alternatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Trying out WordPress

The previous entries on this blog were written using Apple’s iWeb and published via .Mac. I am usually a fan of all things Appley and enjoyed using iWeb for a couple of previous websites. It just hasn’t worked for me this time. Links didn’t work properly and a couple of times I wasn’t able to upload. I think the iWeb/.Mac combination is great for a family website with photos and movies. But I don’t think it’s really geared up for blogs.

So I thought I’d try out WordPress. It’s free and seems fairly easy to use. I’ve had a few problems with paragraphs not formatting properly but I’m hoping a change of theme will sort that out.

So, on with the blog…

Thank goodness I didn’t buy OmniFocus yet

In my previous post I briefly described all the GTD apps I have tried and why OmniFocus, although not perfect, was the best choice for my right now. I had decided the next time an update appeared (which I thought was likely to happen yesterday) I would pay up. Then yesterday, as I was looking over my RSS feeds, Daring Fireball mentions the Things beta is available. So I scoot over to the website and download it. And oh my goodness is it good. Read the rest of this entry »

Only 4 more days to make a decision on OmniFocus

I’ve been trialling the OmniFocus beta for a few weeks. If I buy it just now it will cost $40. However, the price goes up to $80 on Tuesday when it comes out of beta. I’m definitely not willing to pay $80 for a GTD app but $40 is reasonable. So I’ve only got 4 more days to decide if I’m going to buy OmniFocus or not.

There are a lot of other GTD apps out there just now and more in development. I want to be sure I’m putting my money into the right app for me. I’ve downloaded and tried loads of others (Midnight Inbox, iGTD, EasyTask Manager, Actiontastic, Ready-Set-Do! and Bento) as well as Backpack and Remember the Milk. More on these in future posts. At the moment OmniFocus is probably the best. But it’s not perfect. Read the rest of this entry »

The Road to Organisation

This blog will track my path to a state of ultimate organisation (and therefore, calm)!

I recently discovered Getting Things Done by David Allen and I’ve started to implement some of his principles into my life. I haven’t actually finished the book yet (too busy, not organised enough!) but am pretty familiar with it all having read a fair bit online. I’ve been playing a lot (and wasting huge amounts of time, I may add) with a variety of OS X GTD apps. I intend to give my opinions on each of them in time. For now I’m using OmniFocus mostly. More on that in an upcoming post.

So yes, this is yet another GTD blog (plus my general musings) but you can never have too many, can you?