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Creating Flow with OmniFocus

I’m about two-thirds of the way through Kourosh Dini’s book, Creating Flow with Omnifocus and am learning bucket-loads from it.

However, there are some things that I’m finding overwhelming.

This is partly to do with the fact that I’m trying to use the application in the real world at the same time as I’m learning to use it with fake projects. So, although I now have some knowledge about the app, I’m still feeling bewildered when I open it up. I know, I know, it’ll all come with experience, right? But for now, the perspectives in particular are baffling me. I’ve created a Start Date perspective, a Flagged, a Today and others and I don’t’ know which to use when I switch it on.

Once I’m done with the book, I may revisit D. Sparks’ excellent screencasts to compare.

[OmniFocus screencasts]

To that end, I reckon Kourosh’s book is more of a reference book than an end-to-end solution. Once I get to the end of it, I’ll remember the concepts that were mentioned and then be able to refer back to them. For example, I’ve forgotten already the keyboard shortcut to move the selected focus from the right-hand column to the main body window and that’s rather frustrating.

There are so many shortcut commands that it’s going to take a lot of use before they become ingrained. But one of the apps strengths is that it’s so wide open to be used in so many different ways. All KD’s book is giving me is instructions on how to mimic his use of it. Once I get that, I will be able to start moving things along.