FAQ

General Questions

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.

 

Are there discount versions?

 

No, there are presently no discount options available.

 

Can I buy them on my mobile device?

 

You can purchase it, but you cannot download it directly to a mobile device. Instead, if you plan on reading on your iPad, iPhone, or Kindle, download it to your laptop or desktop and follow the included instructions to transfer it to your mobile device.

 

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

 

To read the ePub or pdf files on an iPad:

  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.

The audiobook comes with image lists in the above formats as well as the sound file which may be listened to on most audio playback systems.

 

Do you have an affiliate program?

 

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

 

Can I buy the books elsewhere?

 

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

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.

 

Can I share the books?

 

While I encourage you to purchase your own copy, some have asked about sharing between those living in the same household.

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 the upcoming Workflow I try to describe what I understand to be GTD concepts and what I believe to be my own deviations from it. 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.

 

On Creating Flow with OmniFocus

Will there be a new version of Creating Flow with OmniFocus?

 

Creating Flow with OmniFocus 2 (working title) is presently a work in progress.

Creating Flow with OmniFocus 1 was last updated at the end of 2011 and was based upon OmniFocus version 1. While I stand by that text as a solid representation and tutorial of good practices with OmniFocus, I would certainly like to update it to reflect OmniFocus’ new iteration. I also have new ideas that I’ve developed since the original version that I am adding, as well.

 

Will there be a discount/free upgrade to version 2 for customers of version 1?

 

No. The present version 1 of Creating Flow with OmniFocus, has been discounted to $19.95 instead.

 

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. Here is a short video the Omni Group created to show off its basics:

Introducing… OmniFocus for Mac from The Omni Group on Vimeo.

Introducing… OmniFocus for Mac from The Omni Group on Vimeo.

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

 

What is included in the purchase of Creating Flow with OmniFocus?

 

Upon purchase of the eBook, you will receive a PDF, mobi, and ePub file versions.

Upon purchase of the audiobook, you will receive an m4b file (audiobook format) of the listening materials as well as PDF, mobi, and ePub versions of the accompanying image lists.

 

What makes Creating Flow different from other resources?

 

There are many 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.

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 psychiatric 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. However, due to the limitations of the iPad and iPhone clients, most of the benefit one would derive from the text and consequently most of the examples stem from the desktop version.

The text describes syncing between clients and advantages one can derive from this syncing that can otherwise enhance the iPad and iPhone versions.

 

If I own the eBook (Audiobook) can I get a discount on the Audiobook (eBook) version?

 

Not presently. I’m looking into upgrading the website so that such a method of purchase might be possible. It would be nice, but I cannot promise it.

 

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.

 

On Workflow Mastery

How can I download the new version of Workflow Mastery: Building from the Basics?

You can use the same download link which was sent to you upon original purchase.

In addition, an email with an update was sent before the release of Workflow Mastery: Building from the Basics from The Dini Group, Ltd. (April 15, 2014). If you still cannot find it, please contact me.