Focus on IOS iPhone


The perspective options scales badly for multiple life ares (like was said earlier in this threat). In my case my life areas are personal, Job, client work, artist work.

And I would like to be able to focus on each area and then use my perspectives (see list below). I don´t use Perspectives to focus on life areas becaus then I would need to creat multiple perspectives.

Theese are the perspectives that are in my sidebar on my Mac and I use focus to work with them.

Flagged Project View = This sprints actions in a project view

  • Then most of the tags belowe are in “Tag/Context View”
    Priority Matrix = MIT( Most Important Task), Frog (Eat you´re frog), Urgent, Important
    Mac Flagged = Everything that is flagged and I has a mac tag
    IOS Flagged = Everything I do on IOS devices
    Errands Flagged = Everything I don´t do on my mac or Apple devices
    Waiting for = …
    Today = Today tag
    Tomorrow = Deffered actions that have today tag
    Forecast = …
    Deffered = Deffered Tasks
    Future (on hold) = Tasks I don´t put deffer date on but will do, it has theese subtags : soon, later or someday maybe
    Due = Everything that has a due date

I don´t want to creat one of those for each area

  • today work
  • today personal
  • sprint work
  • sprint personal

You see where I´m gonig with this.

So having the optoin to focus on IOS would make it alot easier.


Well, I think our systems differ very much as I use way less tags. To think of it, my only functional tag for viewing purposes is a today tag. That’s it.

I don’t mean to insult you, but have you ever considered simplifying your system?

I don´t use Perspectives to focus on life areas becaus then I would need to creat multiple perspectives.

AFAIK you can create an endless number of perspectives. But with (much) less tags, wouldn’t that be an acceptable number?


In the meantime, since you have only a small number (4) of areas you would like to ‘focus’ on, I suggest the following approach.

In the important perspectives which you would like to use with these areas on iOS, create filter rules for each of these folders/projects, and put them at the top of the list of rules. During use of these perspectives, enable/disable the rules as needed.

As an example, below, I created rules for two areas ‘Home’ and ‘Work’. Initially both will be disabled. When you are in the perspective and you want to ‘focus’ on one of the areas, you tap on the icon to edit the perspective and swipe left on the rule to reveal the ‘enable’ command. Later you can disable it to remove the filter or enable a different focus area.

The enable/disable command on a perspective rule corresponds to the checkbox next to the rule in OF3 for Mac.

Once these rules are set up, applying them is probably a few more taps than a native ‘Focus’ mode on iOS would be, but it’s still manageable when you feel the need to filter on an area.


I have written a plugin for just this reason - it puts an entire folder structure on hold and re-enables it.

This plugin allows all the projects in a folder to be put on hold or re-activated, toggling from one state to the other. You might, for example want to deactivate a Work folder on a Friday night and reactivate it on a Monday morning.

The plugin will descend into the selected folder structure changing active projects to on-hold and vice versa.

Note: a HIDDEN/DEACTIVATED tag is added to active projects when they are put on hold and removed when they are reactivated. This is so the plug can identify which projects to re-activate by only re-activating ones that it de-activated in the first place. This means that projects that were on-hold when their enclosing folder was de-activated remain on-hold when the folder is reactivated.

Actions are provided to activate or put on hold the selected folder or to present a choice from the list of all folders.


Great, haven’t installed it yet, but how does it trigger? By time, manually or something other?

E.g. could changing a task title to let’s say “focus work ON” in a folder called “FocusTrigger” or something like that, activate the plugin from iOS and have it perform it’s magic?

That does require a running version of OmniFocus on macOS of course and the plugin activating at certain time intervals.


It provides to selection schemes:

  1. It can toggle the selected folder (which is only possible on MacOS/iPadOS)
  2. It can bring up a list of folders to choose from (I added this just for iOS)


Perhaps we misunderstand each other, but I mean when will the plugin perform it’s action and put on hold the selected projects/tasks?

The plugin can only be installed on macOS I presume?

The idea is that one could activate the plugin running on macOS by changing a task title on iOS.


After the plugin is installed you explicitly execute the plugin (on any of iOS/iPadOS/MacOS) and the plugin UI pops up and takes it from there.

Below you can see the Toggle Folder plugin on iOS.

Select the plugin and it then presents its own menu of options:


Ah! Then I did misunderstand you as it runs on iOS. Nice job. Thanks!


Hi MultiDim, I still find this option being to much of an hazle so I don´t thinkI will implement it. Might work well tough for a one or two most used perspective like “Today” for example.

Thank you for you´re suggestion


psidnell I´m curious about you´re script, I tried but didn´t get it to work (I havn´t been using apple scripts). Can you point me in any directions that would help me with using you´re script ?


I got it to work on the mac, but I´m not sure how to trigger it on IOS, how do I do that ?


I think you need to enable the Omni Automation feature:

Then install the plugin somewhere with the Files app and finally point OmniFocus at it with the new option/button that appears after the feature is enabled.

  • I have activeted this on IOS
  • When u say Install it in the “Files” app, is it enough to drag it there ? When installing it on the mac I put you´re script in the “Computer scripts Folder” Do I need to refer to the same version of you´re script on mac and IOS ?
    This is what I get on IOS no matter what folder I chose (see picture)


I got it to work, by opening the apple script file on the Iphone, and then it installed.

Thank you for this script, looks like it is exaclty what I needed. Look forward to trying it out :)


Thank you again @psidnell this was exactly what I needed!

Awesome to be able to switch focus like that depending on what time I´m on, in my case mostly “Personal” or “Clients/Job” and still use my perspectives (which work for all life areas) and not having to create multiple copys of them for IOS.

Thank you thank you thank you!