I have a tag called “Today” which I have added to the Forecast Perspective. But I’d also love to add flagged items to the Forecast as well, and I’m hoping that that I can do that without having to tag each flagged item as “Today.”
No, this isn’t possible. Therefore use flags for a different purpose than your ‘Today’ tag, for example a broader shortlist of actions (which you can look to first to add to ‘Today’), your most important projects, or actions which need clarification/breakdown.
You could just roll your own perspective, include upcoming items, today items, and flagged items, group by date, etc.
I have similar perspectives that show me Today, Flagged items in my Deep, Shallow, and Analysis tag hierarchies.
I’m a bit of a noob, but it seems possible.
I struggled with flags vs. forecast for the same reasons, and I recently made peace with a way of using them differently, which I wrote up on my blog. Hopefully it will be of some help to you. I admit, if Forecast just had a “show flagged items” checkbox, I’d tear up this system and do that instead, but I have at least found a way of working with the constraints in place now.
Well with a little AppleScript help from a forum user I cobbled together this script:
tellapplication “OmniFocus” activate tellfrontdocument set selectedTasks toeveryflattened taskwhose (flagged istrue ) and (completed isfalse ) set oTag to ( firstflattened tagwhose name is “Next”) repeatwith i from 1 tocountof selectedTasks add oTag to ( tagsofitem i of selectedTasks) endrepeat endtell endtell
It makes sure that every flagged item is also tagged with “Next,” my forecast tag.
Since I use flags to denote “Must Do’s,” it stands to reason that flagged items are a subset of “Next” items anyway, so if I set this script up to run periodically, then I think I should have achieved exactly what I wanted.
That said, I can barely Applescript my way out of an open box, so if anyone sees any issues with this please tell me!