Creating Flow with OmniFocus

Create Flow with OmniFocus 2

Build and guide your workflows.
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Workflow Mastery - Building from the Basics

Master Workflow

Work and play with a clear mind.
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On Creating Flow ...

“… by far the greatest tutorial on a piece of productivity software that I have ever laid eyes on.”

On Creating Flow ...

” … The Book Every OF User Should Read”

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On Workflow ...

“… a master class in workflow …”

“… one of those rare works that will truly help you in the quest to stop doing things and start doing the right things.”

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On Workflow ...

“If you are even slightly interested in the dynamics of process and workflow, this is a great place to start.”


POWERFUL TASK MANAGEMENT

Winner of 2015 Gold eLiterature Award for the category of Education/Academic/Teaching.

Creating Flow with OmniFocus helps you to easily guide your work, play, and productivity throughout the days, weeks, and years using the strength of the task and project manager, OmniFocus. Creating Flow with OmniFocus guides you from the basics to the most advanced uses one step at a time.

Find out what’s new in the Second Edition.

  • Learn from the most basic to the most advanced concepts.
  • Build a trusted system and get things off your mind.
  • Create a streamlined singular workflow.
  • Take control of OmniFocus at a much deeper level by mastering perspectives.
  • Build a dashboard system to manage responsibilities and tasks easily.
  • Take on the projects you want to, knowing you have a way to do them day to day.
  • Grasp basic and advanced concepts of OmniFocus through real examples.
  • Gain mastery and integrate maintenance tasks, new tasks of the day, as well as larger projects.
  • Have daily tasks and year long projects rest easily side by side.

Includes:

  • 110,000+ words
  • Numerous screenshots and images
  • DRM-free ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats
  • Many examples and tutorials

POWERFUL WORKFLOWS

(Application Independent)

Winner of 2014 Bronze eLiterature Award for the category of Education/Academic/Teaching.

While Creating Flow with OmniFocus provides a very detailed approach to task management, Workflow Mastery takes a step back to present the workflow’s entirety. Workflow Mastery is a deep dive into what it takes to develop mastery and meaningful work. It describes, at both practical and psychological depth, how vision develops, how we can organize meaningfully, and ultimately how we can create the conditions for our work and play. The material is structured so you can decide where and how to improve your individual workflow to whatever degree you may wish. It, too, builds from the very basics up through the advanced. Learn how to:

  • Find a deep focus.
  • Make clear decisions with calm.
  • Organize meaningfully.
  • Guide technology, rather than be controlled by it.
  • Understand motivation.
  • Do what you feel is important without procrastination.
  • Master the universals of workflows to build your own unique system.
  • Avoid bouncing from one task to the next without getting anything done.
  • Build the foundations to develop mastery and meaningful work.

Includes:

  • 550+ pages
  • DRM-free ePub, Mobi, and PDF formats
  • Many examples and exercises

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your refund policy?

Either book comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. Simply use the contact form to receive a refund.

While no explanation is necessary, if you do request a refund, I would appreciate any thoughts so I can consider how to improve these works.

Are there discount educational/upgrade versions?

Yes, there are.  If you have purchased the first edition of Creating Flow with OmniFocus or are involved with an educational setting, please use this link to purchase the book at a discount. There is no difference in product.

There is also now an educational discount available for Workflow Mastery: Building from the BasicsUse this link to purchase the book at a discount.

What is the difference between Creating Flow with OmniFocus and Workflow Mastery?

Creating Flow with OmniFocus is geared towards developing a specific workflow while also teaching the ins and outs of the task manager OmniFocus.

Workflow Mastery examines an overview of the workflow. The principles here apply throughout our environments be that of task management or otherwise.

Where do I start? Creating Flow or Workflow Mastery?

It is difficult to make a general recommendation for everyone. I can say that I started with the excellent Getting Things Done (non-affiliate link).

To describe the difference between Workflow Mastery and Creating Flow, I fall back on music to describe an example of where one can find benefit in the creative process:

Where Workflow Mastery might help …

When improvising at the piano, one practices both an in-the-moment reduction of anxiety and self-criticism to help foster a flow experience while also memorizing what is and has been played, repeated, altered, or varied beforehand.

Such parts of the creative process cannot be connected to an Inbox. Any trip out of the work’s play breaks its flow. I cannot stop in the middle of a flourish of notes and write down thoughts of where I was, am, or plan to be. Interruptions to the creative flow risk its destruction. Otherwise helpful tools, events, or even people are impediments when uninvited.

 

Where Creating Flow might help …

Once a piece of music is created, however, one can then study it in detail, edit, process, draft a post, combine it with other pieces of music to describe an overarching story as an album, or build some other creative construction. These stages of presentation, grouping, and processing coalesce and expand as a next canvas extending the original artistic process.

While there are certainly some improvisatory moments in these parts of the process such as the occasional epiphany of presentation style or idea for reconstruction, much of the work after conception can benefit significantly from a task management system.

Can I buy them on my mobile device?

Yes. They are downloadable, too, via the receipt. You can also create a login for Gumroad (the purchasing service) so you can download the items in the future.

A set of instructions are included, too, if you prefer to download them directly to your computer and transfer them to a device, such as a Kindle.

How can I read the eBooks on my iPad/iPhone?

You can download and read the books using your receipt.  You can also create a login for Gumroad (the purchasing service) so you can download the items in the future.

If you prefer to download your PDF or ePub directly to your computer and transfer them to the devices, then use the following instructions:

  1. Open iBooks.
  2. Drag either file into iBooks.
  3. Connect your mobile device to your computer by the Apple provided USB cable.
  4. Open iTunes.
  5. Wait for iTunes to recognize the device (it will appear in the top right of the iTunes application).
  6. Select the device.
  7. Select “Books” in the menu bar.
  8. Make sure that “Sync Books” is checked. If you prefer to have only particular books synced, choose “Selected books”.
  9. Make sure that “Creating Flow with OmniFocus” is checked.
  10. Sync your device.

The book should now be available in the iBooks application.

How can I read the eBooks on my Kindle device?

1) Turn on the Kindle.
2) Connect the Kindle via the accompanying USB cable to your computer.
3) Drag the .mobi file into the documents folder on your device.
4) Wait until the USB activity indicator on your Kindle stops flashing.
5) Depending upon your operating system, remove the device by either:
⁃ (Windows) choosing “Safely Remove Mass Storage Device” or
⁃ (Mac) selecting “Eject”.

The book should now be available to read on your Kindle device.

What is the difference between the file types?

The PDF file is an electronic file which most accurately represents the presentation of the book’s contents. However, these pages are static in nature and will not adjust to the page for the latest eReaders.

An ePub file is also included for compatible readers such as the iBooks or Stanza apps on the iPad. ePub files are adaptable and allow changes of font, zooming of images (on iBooks), among other adjustments.

Also included is the .mobi version which is compatible with Kindle device readers. Note, this file is intended for the actual Kindle device and not the iPad application.

Do you have an affiliate program?

No. There are no plans for an affiliate program at the moment.

Can I buy the books elsewhere?

Presently, the books are not listed in iTunes, Amazon, or otherwise. This may change, though I have preferred the direct artist-audience connection the present method provides. If you would prefer it sold by some other method, please drop me a line and send your vote.

Purchasing the ebooks here at UsingOmniFocus.com provides you with multiple formats so you can read or listen where you like and how you like without restriction.

Can I share the books?

I suggest using it as you would a physical book within the home. As long as you are not reading or storing it at the same time, then please feel free to share within the household.

Could you tell me about my own specific workflow?

Requests to evaluate individual workflows are welcome. However, to do so adequately would take me some time. If you would like to hire me, please use the contact form to send me an inquiry.

Are you affiliated with Davidco or Getting Things Done?

Nope. I just really like the methodology.

Throughout Creating Flow and Workflow Mastery I try to describe what I understand to be GTD concepts and what I believe to be my own deviations from them. But, Davidco does not endorse me, and I may not interpret everything they have to say perfectly.

Do check out the book Getting Things Done. There are many task management methodologies out there. I find the best are those you can adapt to your own workflow. I’ve found the GTD method to be useful for myself.

What’s new in the Second Edition of Creating Flow with OmniFocus?

The second edition of Creating Flow with OmniFocus builds upon and enhances the concepts originating in the first edition.  In it, you’ll find:

  • A streamlined singular workflow.
  • Expanded tips and tricks.
  • Ideas on using OmniFocus for in-depth sessions of work.
  • Enhanced sections on contexts and their use.
  • Methods of establishing trust with contexts and perspectives.
  • Several new sections on building systems from simple to complex.
  • Using customized perspectives.
  • New example perspectives, such as:
    • Dashboard perspective.
    • Settling perspective.
    • Communications perspective.
    • among others …
  • Creating a flow of perspectives.
  • In-depth methods for building routines.
  • Buffering routine to avoid compulsive use.
  • Using OmniFocus to develop desired habits.
  • Alternate template uses.
  • Standardized higher horizons to make choosing Most-Important-Tasks (MITs) simpler.
  • The use of meta-tasks.
  • Use of OmniFocus in large clear projects:
    • Example of use as a student.
  • Use of OmniFocus in large creative projects:
    • Example of use in study and music.
  • Expanded techniques for creative work.
  • Integration of Workflow Mastery concepts.
  • Expanded problems and solutions section.
  • Enhanced processing email with OmniFocus.
  • Using TextExpander with OmniFocus.
  • Using Keyboard Maestro with OmniFocus.
  • and, of course, more …
Will there be an audiobook version?

I have not started an audiobook version, though if you are interested, please let me know and I will add it to the votes for creating one.

What is OmniFocus?

In short, Omnifocus is a powerful task management system that can be used to organize anything from routine activities up through major goals in life. It is a tool that helps break down your goals into real world tasks that allow you to work and play in a way that you want to.

Check out the Omni Group’s main OmniFocus site for more information.

What makes Creating Flow different from other resources?

There are many products, comments, and posts about using OmniFocus on the net and more coming about everyday. The resources section on this site links to many of them.

Creating Flow with OmniFocus, however, describes thoroughly and systematically an all encompassing method of working with OmniFocus to deal with and integrate small projects up through life goals on a day-to-day basis. All the while, it presents the concepts behind the system so that you can adjust and adapt the ideas to your own unique workflow. While it does present much of my own setup, it does so with the point of helping you build a system that works for you.

While there are many free resources, it would take a lot of effort to arrange them into a smooth flow of learning.  Creating Flow also takes you through step-by-step, in a measured format that you can easily navigate at your own pace..

Creating Flow functions both partially as a manual as well as a productivity guide incorporating thoughts from the Getting Things Done methodology developed by David Allen, the nature of the program, the concepts of flow in work, as well as a psychological understanding of the mind and attention.

It is a culmination of years of psychoanalytic training, GTD work, creativity in art, music, and writing.

Does Creating Flow focus on the iPad, iPhone, or Desktop client?

Creating Flow with OmniFocus includes all clients, but mainly focuses on the Desktop version. Most ideas can easily be adapted to the iOS version.

Are you affiliated with the Omni Group?

I have been compensated by the Omni Group for giving a talk and may in the future, too. However, I’ve enjoyed their products long before any such arrangements.

Build Calm & Powerful Workflows

Learn solid task and project management with Creating Flow with OmniFocus.

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