I rely on OmniFocus (both the Mac and iPhone versions) to maintain some semblance of order in my life.
I occasionally think of ideas for scripts to make OmniFocus for Mac fit better with my workflow, but I seldom have the time to actually sit down and write them, especially since I’m not particularly strong with AppleScript. I have a few OmniFocus AppleScripts installed (the main one I use is “Complete and Await Reply”), but I often think that I’m just scratching the surface of what’s possible.
So I was very glad tonight to stumble upon Sven Fechner’s excellent post, Top 5 OmniFocus Applescripts, which covers 5 particularly helpful AppleScripts. The only one that I’ve tried so far is the one that Sven calls “Quickly find a project” (the script itself is called
FindProject07.scpt if you download it), but that alone was an awesome find for me as navigating quickly to a project with the keyboard is so much faster than mousing and scrolling for me.
He mentions several other scripts which look really useful and I hope to take a look at those soon. I have of course added a project to OmniFocus for that 🙂
Check out the demo video. As Darth Vader said, “Impressive. Most impressive.”
Scrybe is an upcoming Web application for organizing – calendaring and such. It seems to have a very nice interface with some really interesting new ideas and some interesting tricks that allow it to work offline.
Merlin just scored a copy of rare and out of print GtD FAST CD set. This got my attention because my wife bought me the CDs as a gift a couple of years back so I have these CDs, but there are apparently a lot of folks desperately searching for this set, since it’s out of print. In fact, someone who read my blog even emailed me about it a while back.
I’m wondering what the David Allen Company’s stance is on making copies. I wouldn’t want to cheat David Allen out of a dime, but since the CDs are no longer in print, I wonder if they would mind people sharing them? It just seems a shame that so many people want these CDs but can’t have them. I’d like to be able to help, but I don’t want to break any laws or create any hard feelings.
The other day I was browsing through the O’Reilly book “Mind Performance Hacks” and it was talking about changing your habits through the use of a simple device called the MotivAider®. Basically it’s a pager-like thing that vibrates at a chose interval in order to remind you to do things. Sounds simple, huh? Unfortunately, the device costs $60! Seems pretty steep for a vibrating alarm clock.
I’m thinking that there must be some simple program that I can install on my Treo 650 that would do the same thing. In fact, I have a few timer programs such as TikTok and 1TouchTimer, but I don’t think either can set recurring timers.
Anybody know some Palm software that would fit the bill?
I was over at import this and came across another GtD tool called TaskFreak. This one is written in PHP and looks simple but interesting.
It’s been a while since I’ve looked at the state of calendaring with Mozilla Thunderbird (e.g.: Mozilla Calendar, Sunbird, and Lightning). I was hoping that they had made amazing strides in that time.
Well they’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s not stable yet. I installed a Thunderbird 3.0 nightly trunk build and a Lightning 0.1 extension on my PowerBook with OS X 10.4.6. Fired it up and now there was a nice little calendar in the Thunderbird UI. Cool! Let me import my calendar from a remote iCal file via WebDAV. Worked! Cool! But then it popped up 20 or so windows for past-due alarms. Clicking the “Dismiss” or “Dismiss All” button crashes Thunderbird. Every time. Sigh. Maybe I’ll check back in a couple of weeks.
I should probably also take another look at Chandler, which was butt ugly and not very useful last time I looked at it, but maybe it’s better now.
Back in December, I talked about PyGTD and mentioned that I’d been messing around with my own homebrew system.
To be honest, I haven’t been using it regularly lately (self-flagellation), but a few people have asked about it, so I thought I’d post about it in case people find any of it useful.