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I'm laughing, sort of!

Are you lost?

After 5 months of omnifocus I decided that i needed to start digging deep into the forums to see if I could find a way of working with OF that i was happy with.

The more i dug into the forums the more it was like opening a can of worms

I'm now in the laughable position of finding a "personal strategy of using omnifocus" by using a tool called omnifocus! If that makes sense

As of yet i've still not reached the point where i'm happy that i have a strong personal method with OF. Daily i have thoughts of how can i do this better.

The more you go through the forums the more you realise that it's just personal taste and preferences. You got to find your own way with OF.

Having had 5 months with Omnifocus. I would do things so differently now.

This is what I should have done (Hindsight is a great thing):-

I should have either worked with Omnifocus just in the planning mode or I should have used a even simpler (temporary) GTD program (The simplest) to master the idea of the planning mode (i.e. organising and structuring your projects). There is so much to do at this first stage, before bringing in the ideas of context and due dates etc. I know that i would have eventually returned to omnifocus as i do rate the products sophistication in the context mode (not sure that you'd get that from other programs - not that i've tried any)

If i had my time again then I would have acted sooner this piece of information:-

PLANNING mode is where you set-up tasks & organise into hierarchy......

CONTEXT MODE is where you can ignore the hierarchy & concentrate on working

I'm not sure where this advice was from (either omnifocus help or on the forum somewhere?)

But this was a really significant turning point for me. I ended up going back to the planning mode and i started to get a hierarchical structure in the planning mode. I should have done that before ever contemplating the ideas of contexts and due dates.

My advice is:- Only once you have mastered your plan for a hieratic structure of projects should you then embark on trying to get to grips with omnifocus context idea (that's just a personal viewpoint & i'm sure that others will have their own way)

What to do after you've done that is up to you. Obviously a move on to context was the next stage for me. I'll post a further post in the next few days to say how I'm organising OF to work for me (if you are interested in what i have to say then search for my profile wayne4 for my post).