Flatter is better!

I have a great affinity for digital tools – although my profession is not known for: since I’ve been working with David Allen’s method, I’ve always been looking for the best tool. Of course on my quest i quickly found Omnifocus, because i work exclusively on Apple devices. Pretty early I also discovered Nozbe. But after a year of daily use of Nozbe, I felt a bit struck by my long project list.
I’ve switched to Omnifocus again: Omnifocus has evolved from an outliner. The organization principle in Omnifocus is nesting: A project can have subprojects. Projects can be grouped into folders. This makes the surface very clear.

The advantage of the flat project structure of Nozbe I only learned to appreciate through the hard reality:

Once I had to plan a worship service where there were three baptisms. So I created the worship service as a project in Omnifocus and the three baptisms as three subprojects of this one big project. When i met ohne of the families and wanted to spontaneously find something to one of the other baptisms, I completely lost myself in the structure of Omnifocus.

After that, I swore to myself: less nested, the simpler and more transparent, the better.

And so I am now working with Nozbe: a worship with three baptisms is now for me four projects, held together by the label that bears the name of the Sunday. So I have a maximum of transparency and at the same time a maximum of order.

From experience, I know it’s better to have more projects. # 10stepsbook