The OmniFocus Field Guide
Version 3.0, September 2018
The OmniFocus Field Guide, by the numbers
David Sparks speaks and writes about how to use technology to be more productive. David is a past speaker at Macworld / iWorld and a regular faculty member for the American Bar Association’s TechShow.
David has published numerous books and videos on how to use technology including the MacSparky Field Guide series that includes videos and books on managing email, going paperless, and how to make a winning presentation. David is also co-host of the popular Mac Power Users, Automators, and Focused podcasts. When not speaking and writing about technology, David is a Business Attorney in Orange County, California.
PreviewIntroduction and Overview (3:05)
StartOmniFocus Pro vs. Standard Versions (1:04)
StartInstallation and Initial Setup on iOS (4:25)
StartInstalling OmniFocus on the Mac (1:23)
PreviewInterface Walkthrough on the iPad and iPhone (6:37)
StartInterface Walkthrough on the Mac (3:47)
StartDark Mode (2:34)
PreviewCapture Overview (1:34)
PreviewCapture in OmniFocus for Mac (5:08)
PreviewAdditional Capture on the Mac (9:12)
PreviewCapture in OmniFocus on iOS (3:01)
PreviewAdditional Capture on iPhone and iPad (5:41)
PreviewThe OmniFocus Mail Drop (3:51)
PreviewWhy I Love the Inbox (2:18)
PreviewCapture on the Apple Watch (0:45)
PreviewCapture with Siri (6:46)
Frequently Asked Questions
I have been an OmniFocus wannabe for many years, always thinking it a good way to keep my stuff moving in the right direction. During this time, I fell off the GTD and OmniFocus wagons many times and more than once assuming the wagon had tipped over and that this app was not for me.
Watching the OmniFocus field guide has provided tons of insight and renewed my excitement in getting back to the application. In addition to the easy to follow instructions and guidance AND the exceptional willingness David has to answer questions from customers to help keep us on path is awesome.
If you’re an OmniFocus beginner or seasoned veteran and want to try new uses or learn more, I cannot recommend this content enough. Thanks for the great content.
— Derek Schauland, DerekSchauland.com
Omnifocus can be life changing. It can help you order your work and home life in a way that makes you in control, at ease, and organised in the best possible way. When you open the app for the first time however it can feel incredibly daunting with a steep learning curve that may be off putting for some (it was for me). The Omnifocus Field Guide is the answer to this. Clear. Considered. Well paced. David Sparks knows the app and knows the task management processes that will help you get control of your life. Purchasing this course is a no-brainer.
While I've been using OmniFocus religiously for quite some time, I almost instantly learned a few new tricks to make myself even more productive. This is probably the best $29 I've ever spent.
Upon opening Omnifocus the first time, the robust set of features feels a bit intimidating. So I found the Macsparky field guide on Omnifocus to get me started. At first, I was a bit hesitant – being a totally blind individual, web based video courses often tend to be inaccessible to me, as "click here and drag this" leaves a lot to be imagined.
I was thrilled to find out that not only the MacSparky field guide's website is accessible, the video guides are extremelly well explained and voiced. All UI elements and paths were clear and understandable immediately. This fieldguide made me believe again into inclusive teaching via the web. I am happy to say, that Omnifocus doesn't feel intimidating any more. :)
Although now retired from a career in TV, I’m still a really busy person. Am I organised? NO!
I've had OmniFocus for years on my Mac, iPhone and Pad. Do I know how it productively works? Not one jot. I have tried various OmniFocus experts on YouTube and frankly given up. Especially when asked to add to inbox “brush your teeth” please!
I was at the stage of deleting OmniFocus and maybe looking for something else when I came across an article from David Sparks on a MacSparky link comparing OmniFocus and Things.
Its clarity and precision impressed me. I checked further and noticed David’s Field Guides. I played the Digital Paper Trial guide and straight away I knew this was the business.
Maybe it's David’s background as a lawyer that gives his Field Guide Courses clarity and precision. No waffle, just one step leading superbly to the next. In our overcrowded world, it's pure delight to get something in the digital world actually worth paying for.
I'm thrilled to have found the MacSparky Field Guides. David's teaching style makes even complex software such as OmniFocus easy to understand and use. I've implemented many of the ideas I found in the OmniFocus Field Guide, and I'm already feeling more focused and productive as a result. I'm looking forward to learning more from MacSparky in the future.