I switched to org-mode a while back, and love it. I used vim and a plain text file very successfully for years before that. My first stab at org-mode failed hard because I tried to use too many features. Now, my working model is similar to the plaintext file, but with handy shortcuts: top-level bullets with the date, notes and TODO items indented below. TODO items are trivially searchable with C-a t. I also customize the TODO states. This file also acts as my engineer’s notebook. That’s it!
Tools/workflows like these are awesome, until I stand up and walk away.
So instead I make due with things that flow less easily, because 50% of todos 100% available is still better than 100% of todos 50% available.