One feature I really miss from my previous task management system is the ability to define a date and time that I’m going to actually work on the project.
On Sunday I would drag and drop the tasks onto a calendar and set the time that I was going to work on the task for some of the important task.
That way I knew that my work was scheduled and that I had allocated avspecific block of time to work on that task. Sometimes I would use time blocking and assign three tasks with the same time of eight to noon for example. But important point was that I didn’t have to maintain it in my mind and knew that it would come up when I plan to take action on it.
I find that Scheduling Tasks really makes you think realistically about what you’re going to be able to get done.
Having a “Do or Action” date also allows you to assign it to multiple days when the project will not be able to be completed in one sitting
I have bought the software, bought the Macsparky course, signed up for a year of learning OmniFocus and watched the YouTube videos but I am still only getting minimal value out of OmniFocus.
I am committed to giving OmniFocus my best effort and try and get it to work for me. The one thing I would really like to figure out how to create a prioritize daily to do list. Too often when I sit down at OmniFocus what to do next is not readily available.
Right now I have what David Allen would describe as a mountain of undoability
Almost all experts recommend against using the due date as the date that you will work on it and while some recommend scheduling your tasks with defer dates, unfortunately if you don’t stay on top of deferred tasks you can have them fall off the grid, as there’s no perspective to see overdue defer dates, as there is for overdue due days
I have thought of creating a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday… Tags to be used to spread my work out over the week and I’m currently in the process of testing that.
The other thought I had was creating Monday, Tuesday… Projects and then copying the link to those tasks into that day I want to work on them, so that the actual task stays in the folder and project where it belongs. I worry that it might be cumbersome to first have to create the url links.
The advantage to having them as projects as I can manually sort the tasks into the order in which I would like to perform them and then just move down the list.
The other workaround is to assign a priority tag and use that as a poor man’s solution to creating a prioritized daily to do list
Can anyone suggest a workaround to the lack of a Do/Action date.