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I've recently trimmed the fat and deleted many projects that have become habits. Such projects include, flossing, checking my weight, inputting my daily nutritional intake, jogging six miles, etc....

I like that many of these things have become habits. I've noticed my system has molded to now include only things that are pressing I. The sense of having to do it no matter what. Such things include typing up an essay, reading certain journals, etc.

The dilemma is that in my thoughts I'm thinking that I now have two different buckets with things to do. One being the OmniFocus system, and the other being the habits I'm trusting my brain to now just automatically do.

It's an infesting situation, but admittedly am realizing that I've placed too much importance with my gtd OmniFocus system the past few years and it's time to appreciate what truly is important to me... And that means taking it easy, meanwhile being productive.

It's an interesting journey.
Thanks to all especially jdh and Gardener. The idea of a "Read something from this list" is a great idea and one I'll get right on to ...
Originally Posted by HappyDude View Post
I love doing my weekly review but when it comes time to implement my actions, I get somewhat stagnant.

When it comes time to do a Weekly Review, I throw everything in there. From that big important 10 page essay to the nitty gritty laundry, daily jogging/swimming and all goes into my inbox.
Just curious. How do you use omni on health? Maybe on an exercise routine?

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Last edited by alvinpt; 2012-10-07 at 01:19 AM..
Wow. Great responses. I was surprised how many people use it so in depth for personal life. In regards to personal, I just used to remind of things like change air filters, fertilize lawn, repairs or any other things that aren't habit. For work, it's a total different ball game. I enter everything or I will forget. From purchasing materials, to quotes, individual project tasks, delegated actions, etc.

The best thing I think is one system and one system only. Also, as one poster said, initially you have to force yourself to use OF until it be ones we one nature. That's one of the pluses of OF, entry into the inbox is simple and fast and from any screen from within the app. I agree, enter more now rather than forget. Been there and done that.
Thx for the super hints here!
Originally Posted by alvinpt View Post
Just curious. How do you use omni on health? Maybe on an exercise routine?

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Hey, I have a few free hours to get myself composed and decided to scour these forums. I come here every once in a while and love opening multiple threads in tabs and have myself a good read while drinking tea or eating a chicken sandwich or something.

lol, anyways!

As for health, I've focused in the past on nutritional health and physical as well. The physical includes different action items and for the better part of summer and this fall i've had a swimming action, jogging, lifting weights at the gym and performing a pullup bar challenge with my bar at home. All are daily recurring actions except jogging as too much running stresses my left knee; no need to overdo it.

As for nutritional its a simple action telling me to input all the food items I ate that particular day. It was a recurring action that popped up every 4 hours, as I used to snack and graze quite a bit. Then that got annoying so it was a nightly action, more so part of a nightly review... and then after it became a habit so that action/project doesn't exist anymore.

The exercising actions are still present, and rightfully so primarilly due to the fact that if they were not then lifting heavy weights, swimming long laps and jogging fast miles can easily be be turned into an excuse not to go. The thing about exercising is that if you don't go one day, you'll most likely miss the second and then third and before you know it you've not exercised in two weeks.

I used to be an extreme tracker of everything and it's a bit pleasing to read this thread and compare my ever-changing perspectives on GTD and my approach with OmniFocus which is with me all the damn time. I created this thread so many months ago and the dynamic of GTD has changed in a more profound manner. I used to be (years ago in OmniFocus) all about tracking, capturing and cataloging, but for some months now I've enjoyed and looked forward in tweeking my OmniFocus system just for the sake of testing some new aspect out in hopes of getting better. I've fiddled with my contexts, project allocation and structures, etc, etc etc... and am estactic that the word DO & DOING is what its all about at the end of the day.
We have to remember one fact about "important stuff."

What was once important but no longer is needs to be weeded out. Importance is a very subjective label. What is important to me may not be so important to my wife. What is important to my boss may not be so important to me.

There will be tasks and projects that will have lost its importance status. Remember to do your weekly review and delete or drop projects/tasks that are no longer important. Otherwise all these unimportant things starts cluttering up OmniFocus and just adds to the noise.

I often move out things from OmniFocus and put it into an OmniOutliner outline. These may be things that may be worth keeping outside of OmniFocus but not important enough to clutter OmniFocus.

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