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Apple Watch – the Ultimate OmniFocus Capture Tool

I’ve been progressing through the MacSparky OmniFocus Video Field Guide, which has giving me some “ah-ha” moments. I’d already known how to use Siri and the Reminders app to get tasks into OmniFocus with my voice, but I’d fallen off the wagon and hadn’t used that method in months. When the Field Guide covered that method, it hit me like a ton of bricks – since you can add reminders to the Reminders app with your watch via Siri, you also can add tasks to OmniFocus the same way.

Here’s what you need to do:

1) Follow the instructions from the Omni Group’s support site to set up OmniFocus to pull tasks from the Reminders app;

2) Activate Siri on your Watch by either saying “Hey Siri” when the Watch face is active (i.e., lit up), or by pressing and holding the digital crown;

3) Once Siri is active on the Watch face, add a task to OmniFocus by saying aloud, “Add [name of task] to my [Reminder’s list set up in step 1] list.” For example, you could say “Add purchase the video field guide to my OmniFocus list.” The task “Purchase the video field guide” should appear in your OmniFocus inbox moments later.

The key to step 3 is to start speaking almost immediatley after you activate Siri. For all those random tasks that pop into my mind, I now raise my wrist and speak into my watch. Easy and frictionless.

If you don’t own the MacSparky OmniFocus Video Field Guide, I heartily endorse it. I’m not even a third of the way through the 2.5 hour guide, and it’s already been well worth the $9.99 price tag. I’ve been using OmniFocus for over three years, and the guide is teaching me new tricks and reminding me of others.