I love Omnifocus for managing my tasks, but its biggest downside is that there is no web interface: just apps for the desktop and iOS devices. I work in an office, and since Omnifocus for Mac is only installed on my home computer, the only way I can review my tasks away from home is via the iPhone app. This is all well and good, but sometimes I just want to copy-and-paste some info from the desktop web browser into Omnifocus instead of, say, typing it out into my phone.
I have a lot of thoughts in my head (more than most, I don’t know) and I’ve been struggling for many years with the question of how to manage them. Since I spend so much time on the web, I am inclined to save my thoughts digitally. (I don’t have a Moleskin notebook or anything.)
After having played with many tools, I have (for now) settled on three. I have come to the conclusion that there are (for me) three types of data that need to be organized, and the tools I will discuss address (yet at the same time define) these categories of information:
- Lists of things to do (tasks)
- Lists of more-or-less static information (not tasks): bands I like, RSS feeds I read, etc.
- Mental dump (information that is not easily categorized or that cannot be summed up in a few words)
I use Notational Velocity on my home computer to edit text files. Until recently, I used the Simplenote web app—synchronizing with both NV and Dropbox—to edit text files on other desktop computers, along with the SimpleNote iPhone app. However, I found SN to be too slow, probably because I have too many text files that contain more than a few sentences. (Plus, SimpleNote-Dropbox synchronization resulted in many duplicate notes. Although the SN team is supportive, I still have some notes that have something like eight copies.)