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10 Reasons to Love Launch Center Pro 2.3 - Productivity and Workflows - Geeks With Juniors

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It's been four months since we received an update to Launch Center Pro . But, it's an update well ...
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My OmniFocus Perspectives

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I’ve not officially written up my thoughts on OmniFocus 2 for the Mac but
suffice it to say, I’m a fan. I’ve received a lot of questions lately about
my perspectives so for this post, I thought I’d dive into the weeds and
share all of my perspectives.

Why Are Perspectives a Big Deal?

OmniFocus is a powerful tool. It can hold a lot of tasks with a lot of
associated data. Perspectives give you the ability to filter all that
information in ways that make sense. I use many perspectives and am
constantly flipping between them as I go through the day. Perspectives,
created on the Mac, drive down the iOS versions of OmniFocus so whether you
are in line for tea or bearing down at your desk, they are there to help.

Perspectives and OmniFocus 2 for Mac

One of the improvements with OmniFocus 2 for Mac is the ability to more
easily create perspectives and, more importantly, their constant visibility
down the left side of your screen. There is a default set of perspectives,
but you can also add your custom perspectives (assuming you are using
OmniFocus Pro) to this list from the Perspectives window. Like on iOS, you
can add a perspective to this left menu by starring it in the Perspectives
pane. I love this.

Inbox, Projects, and Contexts

I use several of the built in perspectives and while I’ve made specific
selections from available options, there is nothing particularly
interesting in the Inbox, Projects, or Contexts screenshots.

Forecast

Checking the Show Deferred Items is huge for me. As explained in the above
linked article, I manage tasks by deferring them out to future dates. I’m
not forecasting tasks that are due in the future so much as I am tasks that
are set to begin. I also set the calendar display to 7AM since I often have
early morning meetings.

Flagged

I’m using flags more now than I did before. I’ve explained how I use due
dates sparingly. Flags allows me to set even fewer due dates. If I’ve got
some task that is important but doesn’t have a due date, I flag it. Today,
for example, I had two tasks flagged and it felt pretty good checking them
off. Getting back to this setting, if I push something into the future and
flag it as important, I don’t want to see it until it becomes available so
I apply the “available” filter.

Completed

Rarely, I need to go back through completed tasks and when I do, this
perspective gets the job done. You’ll note I don’t have this starred to
appear on the left side of my screen because I use it so sparingly.

Changed

This perspective shows all my recently changed tasks. Sometimes I’ll get
ahead of myself when organizing OmniFocus. The first line of defense in
that case is Command+Z but if that doesn’t work, this gives me an easy way
to go back and make corrections.

Added

This one is somewhat related to the Changed perspective. A lot of times I
capture tasks and only partially process them, particularly when I’m
working on the go. This Perspective gives me a list of recently added tasks
when I need to make sense of it.

Clear

Occasionally, I need to clear the decks. Clear gives me all available tasks
ungrouped. I can Command+A to select them all and push them out if
necessary with the defer date in the inspector. This is also a good
perspective to sort out date discrepancies. If I’ve got a lot of tasks with
various (and old) defer dates. I’ll select them all in the Clear
perspective and set their Defer date today in the inspector.

Clients

This is a Perspective that just points at the Professional/Clients folder.
If I just need to focus on client issues, I’ll select this. (I added a
similar Perspective for MacSparky tasks as I wrote this article.)

Errands

This perspective shows me all tasks from the Errands context. I don’t refer
to this context much either but it is handy on weekends.

Law

This is somewhat related to my Clients perspective but broader. It includes
everything relating to my day job: administrative, clients, business
management, continuing education, legal speaking, the works.

Today

This is the perspective that a lot of readers have already adopted. It
sorts all “available” tasks by project with nice little project labels.
It’s a great way to see what’s on deck for the day and an essential tool if
you are managing tasks with defer dates.

There’s More…

I’ve been toying with a “Waiting” context but haven’t got it right yet.
Anytime you look at OmniFocus and don’t see the information you want at
that moment, you should investigate creating a custom perspectives. They
are very flexible and you should be able to do just about anything you
want.

About Those Icons

I downloaded the new icons from Github. Josh Hughes made this great set
that really fits in nicely with the native OmniFocus icons and has them in
multiple colors. This too is a work in progress as I continue to fiddle
with my perspectives.
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Launch Center Pro 2.3 Extends iOS Automation

Launch Center Pro 2.3 Extends iOS Automation | M-Productivity | Scoop.it
Released today on the App Store, Launch Center Pro 2.3 is a major update to Contrast's app launcher and automation tool for iOS that further enhances integration with online services, improves how actions are built and triggered, and that refines several aspects of an app that's become a key piece of my workflow. I've been […]
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