Hey everyone! Haven’t been on the forums in quite awhile, but they’ve always been extremely helpful.
I don’t work in OF2/GTD using David’s preferred “working by context,” because while it may be great to take care of all your phone calls while you have a phone, or email when you’re in front of the computer, I may not be doing my most important task/work at that moment. So, basically, I’ve set up my system this way, and I work items in this order.
Tasks with a Due Date
Flagged (may have a due date, or might be “important not due” but I want to call special attention to
Important, not Due (items I’d like to get done sooner than later, but do not have an actual due date.
With Start Date, No Due (items that aren’t overly important that I can start whenever I want).
Someday (no Start or Due date).
Since I started using OF1 many moons ago (and now OF2), I was using Due Dates for when I wanted to get things done, rather than when I had to get them done. I’ve been slowly weaning myself off of these, which has drastically reduced the amount of “timeshifting” I had to do each week (reassigning due dates). So I’m trying VERY hard to only have a few things due each day, and the rest fall into the other categories above. I have perspectives for each of the categories above as well, which helps.
Here’s my dilemma. I just got a task today that’s due Thursday. It’s going to take some research, so I don’t want it to show up Thursday and then I might scramble to get it done. I’d like for it to have a Start Date of today, and due of Thursday.
Trouble is, I have a lot of items that have a start date and I worry about glancing over it when I look at the huge list of items I have with a start date. Since the due date is 3 days from now, it’s not going to show up in Due until Thursday. I don’t want to use flags all over the place.
How would you handle this? I don’t want to be so inflexible about my start and due dates, but I really want to try and be true to those dates. I COULD add a start and due of a day before, but that really doesn’t tell me that that is its true due date.
Thoughts? Sorry about the long post…
Thanks in advance!