Need to do some last minute holiday shopping? I know I do. Thankfully, I have a workflow for how I approach gift giving, powered by OmniFocus.
I wrote earlier about how I use OmniFocus for organizing my holiday experience, but in response to a reader question, I thought I’d expand on my gift management workflow.
In a previous post, I wrote about my iOS Shortcut that connects Agenda to OmniFocus. With thanks to everyone for their questions, I wanted to follow up with some additional details around how I use the Shortcut and what my workflow is like.
It’s that magical time of year where I have to shovel my driveway four times in one weekend, but it’s so worthwhile, because I’m cozied up by the fire now while the outside is blanketed in beautiful snow that reflects the lights my neighbours have hung with care.
Also, there’s a bajillion things to do. How does one cope?
I thought that, for both my sanity and for the purposes of sharing, I’d break down my holiday construct in OmniFocus.
I’m a meetings guy. Largely not by choice, but a lot of my work day is meetings.
One of the biggest traps of meetings is that, unless they are very well facilitated (spoiler alert: many aren’t), it gets really easy for agreements or commitments to be made but then later lost or never acted on.
After all, saying stuff is easy.
I’ve found just the right solution to this that works for me, though, and so I wanted to write about it.
One of the marquee features of OmniFocus 3 is the move from Contexts to Tags. I adore this capability, but I think it introduces a lot of questions:
How do I use this?
Do I worry about how many Tags I have?
In what ways should I apply those Tags to actions?
Now everyone’s answer to this will be different (which is wonderful, and demonstrates the flexibility of the software here), but I wanted to share my own experience.
I was recently asked by a colleague how I approach the development of new strategies or processes or products. Essentially, how do I start to create a something that isn’t an evolution of something that is, but that is new?
In business, this is a tricky one, because not only would I need to solve this for myself, I’d also need to know how to convince others of what I’ve come up with and recommend. Going from “what if…” to having an actual plan about that is not a simple play.
Two maybes make a probably.
I’m going to write a bit more about the Forecast and Forecast Tag in OmniFocus 3, because I think it’s just a plain great thing.
In the physical world, things have names for a few purposes:
- Common language
- Identity or brand
- Relative reference
And sure, you can change something’s name without changing what it is, but you do end up changing how that thing is perceived.
The last few weeks of my career have been tough. Like, really tough.
We’ve all been through this. Those busy times where a project is launching but also it’s emotionally charged and also your kids have parent teacher interviews and also you’ve got a home to keep on top of and a life you want to live.
It’s not simple.