Things are happening with my task management system.
I met OmniFocus in the summer of 2015.
It was love. For the next two years I was faithful; my Apple Watch loved OmniFocus as much as I did and we all lived in productive harmony.
Until last week, everything was fine.
It wasn't like I hadn't been acquainted with ToDoist before. I had eyed up the logo; wondered what it was like. But I suppressed any feelings to stray. I was happy. I had OmniFocus. We had the Watch together. We were a family.
Getting to know todoist
Last week, a client brought in a new policy - all freelancers were to use ToDoist to track tasks.
I looked guiltily at the purple tick on my desktop.
I spent the next few days becoming acquainted to the ToDoist interface. Simple enough - a clean design (cleaner than OmniFocus?) and the oh-so-satisfying sunset when all tasks were complete.
There were good and bad observations among the ones I collected: I adored the minimalistic interface, but hated like typing 'every Monday' or 'every Friday' for weekly tasks (it felt weirdly primitive).
The next time I opened OmniFocus, I knew I was in trouble. It looked old. Clunky. Boring.
reservations about the switch
Aesthetically, I love ToDoist but it feels more entry level than OmniFocus - and this is where my trouble rests.
It feels like comparing Crash Course to a textbook: one is visually pleasing and the other has every tiny detail you need. Both serve you well, but in different ways.
And yet, every time I open OmniFocus, I can't get ToDoist out of my head.
I feel I can rely on OmniFocus to do everything I need, no fuss. I'm concerned ToDoist may whinge when it gets down to my pernickety approach to task management.
I tell you this with the hope of clarification.
Are my fears about ToDoist's limited functionality true? Or is OmniFocus as old as it now feels?
Perhaps a switch in task management system is inherently good; it may force me to reassess my work and help me organise tasks more effectively. But maybe not. Maybe time spent migrating away from OmniFocus is wasted time, or perhaps the multi-task-manager life is one to consider?
If you have any thoughts, you can Tweet me here.
For now I will continue to use OmniFocus with one eye is firmly on that pretty, red logo...