@MarkSealey Reading your original question, I noted this phrase: “it shows up in my forecast even though I’m clear for that day”. I assume that you have the ‘Show deferred items’ option enabled in the Forecast view, and that you are relying on the defer dates of the actions/project to show you what you should tackle today.
Another way to accomplish this is to apply your Forecast tag (eg. ‘Today’) to the actions in your project/SAL. You’ll pick some of them and complete them. The ones you don’t complete will still be there the next day under the ‘Today’ section (and you can additionally defer them until tomorrow if you don’t want them showing up because you’ve done enough for the day).
Defer dates only control the availability of an item, ie. when it’s possible to do it; they were not designed as “start dates”.
If you really do want a date-based approach to force you into a schedule, you could create a daily-repeating action called “Make progress on project X”, which represents your 1/7th of work. It can be inside the project itself or outside with a link to the project. Two ways to set it up:
- With a defer date only and the Forecast tag
- With both a defer date and due date for the same day (the times being the start and end of your day).
You mark this item as complete when you’ve finished your target chunk of work, it disappears for the day and pops up again the next day. If you set the repeat based on ‘Assigned dates’ and don’t cheat on marking it complete, then it will represent your workload including catching up on chunks that are overdue. With this scheduling action, your project or its actions can have true dates representing when they can/must be done.