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FocusGuy

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I gave a real try to Nirvana since monday and finaly decided to switch to it. So I took a perpetual licence.

I am a bit sad; It ends a long mariage with Omnifocus, I was using since Omnifocus 1

I decided to do it so because Nirvana follows GTD principle, it is clear and logical and wanted something I could use on every devices with a good GTD framework.

Also I thought that Omnifocus was a bit out of date, to complicated for acting and also it tooks me to many perspectives to make I works as I needed.

At last I spent to many time setting and re setting my system. I was never really satisfied of my GTD system.

It is a pitty because I was accustomed to Omnifocus. I still think that it is one of the best software for GTD but even if making a crucial choice like this was indeed difficult, I had to do it.

It tooks me about 2 days for moving my projects and tasks from Omnifocus to Nirvana (there is no import tool from omnifocus) but it helped me to make a deep review and clear my system.

Later, my challenge was to set correctly my system with Areas and appropriates contexts (as tags) and I am really proud of the result ;)

Nirvana is easier, The way it treats next action, someday and waiting for is clever. I dont use references for the time being. They go in google drive and Evernote for personal stuff.

I also work faster since Nirvana. It helps me to follow GTD workflow so I can make my job correctly and focus on GTD

Hope that's help
 
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DaveInMilwaukee

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I have been using Nirvana for more than a decade. While it is not as feature-rich as some of its competitors, I like how simple it is to use. I agree with you that because of the way it is set up, you can follow GTD with ease. I know lots of people complain that Nirvana hasn't changed much in many years, but that is actually what I like about it. It is a workhorse.
 

Longstreet

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I have been using Nirvana for more than a decade. While it is not as feature-rich as some of its competitors, I like how simple it is to use. I agree with you that because of the way it is set up, you can follow GTD with ease. I know lots of people complain that Nirvana hasn't changed much in many years, but that is actually what I like about it. It is a workhorse.
Exactly - me too!
 

jeremy0648

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Question — and forgive me for my ”noob” status on this question. I currently use Todoist but really like Nirvana — however what’s stopping me is the fact that you can’t attach files, emails, etc in Nirvana like you can in Todoist, Evernote, Notion etc. For those of you who are diehard Nirvana users how do you get around that?
 

mcogilvie

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Question — and forgive me for my ”noob” status on this question. I currently use Todoist but really like Nirvana — however what’s stopping me is the fact that you can’t attach files, emails, etc in Nirvana like you can in Todoist, Evernote, Notion etc. For those of you who are diehard Nirvana users how do you get around that?
The question always is, can you find your way to a smooth workflow? I have found that a lot of attaching stuff is just busywork that obscures the need to decide the next action and move on it. Kind of like the person who brings to every meeting a five-inch file of meeting notes that go back to the administration of Warren G. Harding. So the better I get, the less I need to do it.
 

FocusGuy

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Question — and forgive me for my ”noob” status on this question. I currently use Todoist but really like Nirvana — however what’s stopping me is the fact that you can’t attach files, emails, etc in Nirvana like you can in Todoist, Evernote, Notion etc. For those of you who are diehard Nirvana users how do you get around that?
Hello for emails and files i link them in google using the web link. It works very well. Anyway I dont link a lot unless it is absolutly necessary. I usualy use flag on my email on my mac so finding them is fast and easy. For example green means waiting for. Red means act on. Orange means references. When I do my weekly review I review all my emails of the week erase and unflag. Nirvana is easy and great. It helps a lot for GTD But keep it simple and easy.
 

Sojourner

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Question — and forgive me for my ”noob” status on this question. I currently use Todoist but really like Nirvana — however what’s stopping me is the fact that you can’t attach files, emails, etc in Nirvana like you can in Todoist, Evernote, Notion etc. For those of you who are diehard Nirvana users how do you get around that?
That is definitely a con against Nirvana for some, but like @FocusGuy, I just copy and paste a URL link to the file or email into Nirvana's note area when possible. A proper URL will be clickable in Nirvana. If a link isn't possible, I simply reference the associated file or email location. Most of the time, I work on shared files that are continuously updated (e.g. Google Drive, Office365), so having a link to the most current file version versus a static version is more useful to me anyway.
 

Ariadne Marques

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Question — and forgive me for my ”noob” status on this question. I currently use Todoist but really like Nirvana — however what’s stopping me is the fact that you can’t attach files, emails, etc in Nirvana like you can in Todoist, Evernote, Notion etc. For those of you who are diehard Nirvana users how do you get around that?
I used to have this concern when I was using Todoist. Back then it seemed like the ability to attach files was essential to my workflow. And I realized I didn't use it too much. And since I like to store all my files in the cloud (OneDrive) I could always paste the link to an attachment if needed.
So I do like @FocusGuy and @Sojourner : I copy/ paste the link to Nirvana's note section, simple as that.
 

MrW

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Hi all, I recently found NirvanaHQ thanks to this forum and I've been trying it out. So far, I think it's really good - follows GTD quite closely, not to complex to setup, etc.
Prior to this I was using Evernote, loosely following 'The Secret Weapon' approach. One thing that I really liked was being able to send emails directly to particular folders in Evernote and automatically apply tags using hashtags in the email subject line.
Is there a way to set priority, assign tags, etc. when sending emails to Nirvana? I've not found any info on doing that so far and my experiments in this regard have all failed. Ideally, I'd like to be able to use Outlook QuickSteps or the BCC field to tag and send mails, e.g. for mails delegating action to an owner, I'd like to have this appear in Nirvana as a 'Waiting' item, etc.
Any thoughts and inputs would be appreciated.
 

Sojourner

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Is there a way to set priority, assign tags, etc. when sending emails to Nirvana? I've not found any info on doing that so far and my experiments in this regard have all failed. Ideally, I'd like to be able to use Outlook QuickSteps or the BCC field to tag and send mails, e.g. for mails delegating action to an owner, I'd like to have this appear in Nirvana as a 'Waiting' item, etc.
Any thoughts and inputs would be appreciated.
I don't think Nirvana currently has the ability to set priority or tags when creating a task via email. They only allow the task name (subject line) and notes (body of email). I've only used this feature a few times. I do know it sends the task directly to your Inbox, so that should then force you to clarify and organize it (i.e. assign tags/areas, set priority/due date, etc).

https://help.nirvanahq.com/category/getting-more-from-nirvana/add-your-items/#create-inbox-items-via-email
 
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MrW

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I don't think Nirvana currently has the ability to set priority or tags when creating a task via email. They only allow the task name (subject line) and notes (body of email). I've only used this feature a few times. I do know it sends the task directly to your Inbox, so that should then force you to clarify and organize it (i.e. assign tags/areas, set priority/due date, etc).

https://help.nirvanahq.com/category/getting-more-from-nirvana/add-your-items/#create-inbox-items-via-email
Thanks Sojourner, that's been my experience with it. It's workable, but I did like being able to tag and sort when sending emails to my GTD tool, it just felt more efficient. Now I have to decide whether an email requires action, then send it to the GTD tool, then process it - just feels a bit more clunky but I can live with it.
 

FocusGuy

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Back To Omnifocus.

I made a wrong modification of nivana's database and discovered there was no previous back up of the data base. The technical service answered kindly that I had to do it by myself and it was a text or .csv export. Not a real database as Omnifocus does so well. I dont understand why they never did it with a secured encriptment since Nirvana exists since 10 years. For me It is just unacceptable.

So I went back yesterday night to Omnifocus, made a big weekly review, copied and pasted projects and tasks from one to the others one by one because there was no import tools in OF...

I trust Omnifocus I use since over 14 years I guess and it has all secured systems to be back very easely to previous version and encriptments too !

Anyway, I learnt a lot about my one month experience with NIRVANA and applied some new perspectives to Omnifocus for applying GTD the best I could. GTD is the best system I know and it helps me so in my life that I could not get rid of it !

It is sad for Nirvana was a great soft very well Thought and pleasant for work.

I feel much better now.
 
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