Well, I’m officially very excited about version 2 of OmniFocus. There has been so much debate over the years about whether tagging should be included in OmniFocus. I don’t want to open up that debate again, but I have discovered a tagging workaround that works extremely well for me.
When creating a perspective under filtering, you can now search text. So, you can create a perspective that searches for particular tags, in the example that I am going to use, @waiting
Here is a situation:
You have sent an email to Bob asking for a document. How do you track it?
Based on an improved OmniFocus feature here is what I now do:
- write the action “follow up with Bob about document” and assign the @bob context. In the note field write @waiting.
- when meeting with Bob, you will see the note OR when reviewing your @waiting perspective, you can see everything you are waiting for.
Some of this works in OF1, but as far as I can tell, until now you haven’t been able to create a perspective around a particular text search.
The perspective will also work on iPhone and the iPad.
I think “find text” in perspectives opens up some powerful new possibilities. As with any type of tagging system, the key is consistency and simplicity. I would be interested in your thoughts and other ideas.