You may recall my recent comparison of K.I.T. and Yojimbo. Verdict: K.I.T. wins hands-down. However, I just couldn’t work it into my digi-lifestyle.
What do all these software packages have in common? They promise to help the regular user get more organized, think linearly and as a result, get things done. (No, I still haven’t read the book, but it’s on my wish list!)
I had hoped that iCal’s new connectivity with Apple’s Mail might revolutionize how I approach my tasks. Then I moved to Remember the Milk, and that has been a fair substitute.
I’m willing to look into OmniFocus and will keep you updated as to its integration.
For anyone who wears multiple hats as I do, anything that can help me focus and keep my tasks and goals prioritized is a huge help. However, what I keep coming back to is… drumroll… my brain. I work in a very fluid thought-stream kind of way. I always have. I don’t necessarily like that, and I’m open to change; however, it has defined my work habits for so long that I think it’s going to be an uphill struggle.
I’m interested to know if there is material out there about the benefits of the thought-stream approach (my wording).
It’s best described by someone who is a practitioner. Here is how I see it operating:
- The ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
- Easily distracted; therefore, practitioners must discipline themselves to ignore what might interrupt their thought-stream
- If a reader, you usually are reading more than one book at a time.
- If a computer-geek, you most definitely have multiple windows and programs open at a time.
- You are an early adopter of all things geeky and technical, often opting for the untried and unproven in the hopes that you might “discover” something, sometimes only for the joy of being in “no man’s land.”
- You have an astounding ability to concentrate on whatever is before you – at that moment. You may switch between thoughts and projects frequently in an hour or so, but whatever is in front of you has your full attention.
- You daydream and envision better ways of doing things frequently. Often, you feel like the methods you currently use can’t be the best, and so you’re constantly on the lookout for a better way. (Thus, being an early adopter.)
- You frequently “awaken” from intense concentration to realize that your kids have created a bowling alley in your living room (right under your nose) or that your spouse has called your name several times, and the most recent call had an uncomfortably-threatening decibel level to it).
Uh… now what was I saying? (I paused to listen to what was happening in the kitchen…)