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aaronpk
aaronpk
I realized I was setting arbitrary due dates on my todo list as a way to prioritize tasks so they'd show up in order of importance, but it turns out that's a terrible technique. I just did a major refactoring of my Todoist and now I'm using priority 1/2/3 tags for that, and due dates o... aaronparecki.com
cygnoir
cygnoir

@aaronpk This addresses something I have been struggling with for quite a while! Do you refrain from adding priority to tasks that are due on a particular day, or do you still add priority?

cygnoir
cygnoir

@aaronpk Also, do you then have custom filters for reviewing p2 and p3 items regularly, and bumping them into p1 when appropriate?

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AngeloStavrow
AngeloStavrow

@aaronpk @cygnoir I’d be very interested in how you differentiate p1 from p2 and p3! I’ve never had a solid rubric for that.

aaronpk
aaronpk
@cygnoir We'll see how it pans out, but right now I don't think I will add a priority when there's a due date since the combined dashboard view gives me a list of both due dates and prioritized tasks.
cygnoir
cygnoir

@aaronpk I like your custom filter, but I think I have to expand the due-date horizon slightly, since even when something is due today I often need a day or two to do the work to complete it.

aaronpk
aaronpk
@AngeloStavrow Right now p1 is the only one I feel strongly about. I'll see if I keep using p2 and p3 as I described.
aaronpk
aaronpk
@cygnoir Yeah good point! I've been looking at the week view up until now so I'll probably expand the filter to maybe 3-5 days.
AngeloStavrow
AngeloStavrow

@aaronpk Yeah, what I’ve settled on for tasks in OmniFocus is three binary axes: priority/not-priority, due/not-due, up-next/backlog. So far so good. 👍

aaronpk
aaronpk
@AngeloStavrow Interesting. What's the difference between priority/not-priority and up-next/backlog?
AngeloStavrow
AngeloStavrow

@aaronpk The short answer is that priority is for projects and up-next is for administrivia. So, for example, when I do a weekly review, I’ll prioritize working on three projects for the coming week, and I’ll add a next tag to a few tasks on single action lists (e.g. “drop off the rent cheque”, “make haircut appointment”, “clean the barbecue”).

The long answer is that I should write a blog post. 😅

aaronpk
aaronpk
@AngeloStavrow Please do! That sounds really interesting.