Org Mode Resources
This is not for the faint of heart. Most people will be perfectly happy with OmniFocus. But if you're of a technical disposition, or are prepared to tolerate some technical complexity in return for almost limitless power, then I would like to present the other option: Org Mode.
Org Mode is major mode in Emacs, a text editor which reaches back through over forty years of fanatical dedication and ruined pinkies. Org and Emacs will not hold your hand, but you get incredible flexibility to develop an entirely idiosyncratic task system. So, pop a red pill, chase it down with a dram or two, and take a look:
Getting to grips with Emacs
You won't get far with Org Mode without a basic understanding of Emacs. These are the resources I used to learn it:
- Absolute Beginner's Guide to Emacs - Jessica Hamrick's superb guide. The best place to start.
- A Hand-drawn One-pager for Beginners - I have this printed out and stuck to my wall.
- A Guided Tour of Emacs - GNU's fantastic primer.
- Harley Hahn's Emacs Field Guide - Once you've got started, you're going to want this on your bookshelf.
- Mastering Emacs - Mickey Peterson's superb guide. I use it more as a reference, but you might like to take a couple of days to go through the book from cover to cover.
- Beginning at the Basics - From the Org Mode wiki; a guide to getting started.
- Rainer König's Org Mode video tutorials - Probably the fastest way to get to grips with Org Mode
- The Manual - Obviously
- David O'Toole Org tutorial - Another superb guide. A particular focus on task management.
- How I use Emacs and Org-mode to implement GTD - A detailed guide to creating a powerful task system in Org. I pinched lots of snippets from this page to create my own system.