I have been struggling with the way OF handles dates.
In my workflow, I tag tasks and projects with time period windows:
‘Next’ is anything that I want to do within the current review period, which is typically within 1-2 weeks
‘4 Weeks’ is anything that I want to do this month
‘3 Months’ is this quarter,
‘12 Months’ is the year.
In OF, anything outside ‘Next’ is switched to ‘On Hold’ in the Tags menu.
In my review process, I’ll cascade tasks from one chronological category to another, and ideally I’d apply due dates only to those items which MUST be complete on a certain day.
I would really like to then apply an action date to help me plan when I want to actually do a task. Defer dates simply hide tasks until their nominated date and I have never satisfactorily implemented them.
For the past 10 days I have been trying Things 3, which handles dates in a different way. It has deadlines, and it has ‘do’ days. I really appreciate this approach. (I’m less convinced by the ‘someday’ ‘anytime’ categories at this stage.)
I’m curious to know whether anyone has set up OF so that Defer dates actually indicate a start/do date, rather than ‘start no sooner than’.