OmniFocus: single user task manager that will greatly increase your successes at work and home
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March 28, 2019

OmniFocus: single user task manager that will greatly increase your successes at work and home

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with OmniFocus

OmniFocus is an amazing planning tool. In our organization it's used at an individual level as it only recently started getting features that allow you to share tasks with others, so for very small groups and projects that are managed by a single person, it's one of the best we've ever used. OmniFocus solves many issues but for us, it does this: helps you understand all the projects at hand. All the projects that you can actually move forward with the resources available to you at that exact time. Your next step on each project that can be done at that moment.
Allows us to unblock bottlenecks caused by dependencies on others as we can see tasks that are stalled or in 'waiting' status. Our sales cycles are more based on our ability to engineer solutions more than a decision by the client, so in our CRM the to-do list and next step feature isn't helpful so we offload those sales steps into. OmniFocus to keep them moving far more efficiently.

  • Ease of viewing your projects at a high-level.
  • Ease of viewing what tasks need to be done at the present moment and the sorting of those tasks by availability, due date, start date, needed resources, and project.
  • The visual interface is really nice to work with, the UX/UI is intelligent and intuitive.
  • It's the most extensible software I've used. There is a community of people that publish compatible scripts for Omnifocus at no charge.
  • The code is robust and I've almost never had a bug or a glitch that resulted in issues.
  • The software syncs in the cloud between MacOS and iOS seamlessly and faster than other To-Do software. The sync aspect is available free of charge.
  • The development team at Omnifocus is on top of bugs and they have been adding releases regularly to increase functionality and performance.
  • While OmniFocus adheres to the GTD (Getting things done) principles, it can be used in almost any manner and you aren't stuck with just that methodology.
  • While the software wasn't designed for team use, it would be amazing if it was improved to allow team use.
  • OmniFocus keeps our tasks moving forward. Using a free script you can search all your current projects for projects that have no next step assigned to it to ensure nothing falls through the cracks.
  • When we serve our clients, the attention to detail we are able to give them comes from accurate tracking of what we need to deliver.
  • We complete projects 25% faster than before and we can see where the bottlenecks are immediate. We have also been forced to document tasks in a more concrete manner which allows for better execution.
While Asana and others are more conducive to groups, OmniFocus is the best stand-alone task manager in almost all aspects. The visual appearance, flexibility, ability to script, predefined views, reporting, and performance.
OmniFocus is great for a single user setting. If you'd like to organize your work and home life, you won't find anything better. It can track projects by step, date, subject, context, category (home, work, hobby). It's not suited for team use if you need to collaborate on specific projects together, however, for the solo worker or a person that manages a project and doles out the tasks, it's quite powerful.

OmniFocus Feature Ratings

Task Management
10
Resource Management
10
Workflow Automation
10
Support for Agile Methodology
10
Email integration
9
Mobile Access
10