I am fed up with Things due to their lack of security with Things Sync. I used Things as a simple To Do list manager. I want to switch to OmniFocus, but the complexity is daunting, and I am not sure how to map my simple system into OmniFocus.
- Today: Tasks I need to get done today.
- Next: Tasks I want to get done today or very near term. I move tasks from Next to Today as appropriate.
- Scheduled: Tasks I want to defer until later, but want to see a pop-up reminder. The task automatically appears in Today on the set date. Sometimes I move tasks from Today to Next. More often I reschedule them for a much later date if I don’t have time to deal with them now.
- Someday: Tasks I want to remember, but never seem to have the time to do and get tired of seeing them pop up automatically as in Scheduled. Long term stuff.
Areas (Things tasks are grouped and displayed in this order):
Work (my business), Phone Calls and Emails, Errands, Chores, Other, Elderly Parent Care, Home Repairs, Computer, Vehicles, Long Term.
Most tasks are one-offs. A few tasks are periodic - every six months (e.g., change batteries in smoke detectors).
I am not ready for the full-on GTD regimen. I want to find an easy way to map my system into OmniFocus. I read the OmniFocus for Mac eBook and have no problem understanding each of the components of the OmniFocus software - projects, project types, contexts, perspectives, etc.
Where I am struggling is how to take what I have in Things and apply them to OmniFocus. Are my “Areas” equivalent to Contexts in OmniFocus? If so, what projects do I need? Should they be parallel or action lists? Are they Projects? If so, which Contexts do I need? etc. etc. etc.
Any advice, experience, or suggestions to get started would be most appreciated. Thank you.