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hbar 2014-05-16 08:43 PM

Omnifocus vs Things: any transition advice? and multiple contexts question
Recently, my responsibilities and tasks have been evolving into series of projects and complicated tasks spanning several areas of responsibilities, so I am trying to redesign/restructure my workflow and daily routines.

I've been using Things for many years, and I have been pretty happy with it. However, I think Omnifocus may improve my productivity, so I am currently trying the new Omnifocus(beta test version).

If you have extensively used Things and made a switch to OF, what was your reason and how did the transition improve your productivity? What is the main difference?

Also a question concerning the multiple contexts. When I use Things, I don't assign many tags since the action of tagging itself is somewhat anti-productive and does not necessarily help me, but I usually have 2~3 tags/contexts, primarily location and mood/energy level. I have been reading about the multiple contexts issue on Omnifocus, but I still cannot find a resolution.

For example, I'd like to filter my tasks with two primary contexts: location and energy level/mood. I could make a single action list with specific location, but I often have projects where some of the tasks are location specific(requires certain equipments at the lab) while some are not (such as researching or data processing).

At this point, I just have 3 hours of experience with OF, so I would appreciate your help/advice!

Dale 2014-05-16 11:13 PM

I am currently making the exact opposite move. The functionality in OmniFocus 2 is so bad for my workflow that for the first time since about 2008 I am looking for a different productivity software and have settled on moving from OmniFocus to Things for my productivity needs.

Concerning your inquiry; OmniFocus 2 does not support tagging or multiple context. I am a pretty strict user of GTD and have not implemented any form of tagging in OmniFocus myself. I do understand users have added hashtags in the notes section of individual tasks and used search to filter a context list. I am not sure if the workaround functions on iOS devices or not. The requirement of manually adding and maintaining this type of workaround seems pretty difficult to implement to me, I hesitate even mentioning it, and I am not sure how well it worked for those users.

I would suggest for you to ask around and see what other users suggest in the OmniFocus 2 forums. [url][/url]

Can I ask why you are venturing from Things to OmniFocus? I see you consider the move a productivity improvement and I am well aware that workflows differ among users. What I am curious about is if there was any functionality or feature difference you see as beneficial in one software over the other.

Thank you for any input and I hope I helped somewhat even though I do not utilize tagging.


Did a quick search in the OmniFocus 2 forums and the solution I mentioned already has a posting. [url][/url]

pvonk 2014-05-18 08:05 AM

Well, some time ago (two, three years??) I made the trip from OF to Things and used Things for a year then gave up and returned to OF. I'm using both OF 1 and 2 (version 2 for evaluation) and must say that Things was a pretty thing, and perhaps that's why I moved to it. But after a while, the missing features relative to OF prompted me to give it up. As I recall, one missing feature in Things was the parallel/serial choices for tasks in a project. There were others, but I don't recall what they were - anyway at this point Things may have improved, so I shouldn't offer a strong opinion. As for tags, I didn't really miss that feature in OF.

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