Morning all -
I took the plunge and invested a considerable sum in the OmniFocus suite, iOS and OSX. For most of my academic career Things has been a sufficient GTD solution. It was simple, intuitive and I learned the routines pretty quick. But over the last year my responsibilities have grown A LOT and I needed more complexity and nuance in my GTD system. Most importantly, I needed sub-tasks, in a way that Things Projects/Area categories would not provide.
So far the move has been rewarding, but there’s one large gap I’m having trouble getting over.
In Things I’d have repeating tasks for things I do every day, usually in the morning. For example
- Check banjo forums
- Do Duolingo exercises
- Practice banjo for 20 minutes
- Weigh self
These would appear up front every morning when I launched Things. It would put them in the “Today” section in a bright yellow box, which would then allow me to either start those activities today, or defer them.
I’m doing something similar in Omnifocus. I’ve created a single action list with all of those actions, set to repeat every 1 day. However, when I complete the task each day, it immediately spawns the next day’s task, and sets it a due date for 24 hours from the completion of today’s version. So, if I practiced my banjo today, and checked the box at 12:03pm, it immediately spawns a new action to practice my banjo, now in yellow, and due tomorrow at 12:03pm.
What confuses me here is the due date. To me, a due date suggests such-and-such activity must be completed by that due date. But these are activities I just need to do the day of, anytime during that day. I sort of perform them when I get a chance, and they are lower priorities than my professional obligations and tasks.
Is there a better flow or set up I can be using here to make these tasks a little more intuitively “Daily” to-dos, or am I just going to have to get used to it?