thank you for the explanation. I too, use the defer+flag for a long time. But it still feels like a workaround.
Like trying to make wrong+wrong=right.
The thinking is: “I will probably do this next Tuesday, I might do it before then, when I get the chance, that would be good. I can even do it later, there’s no strict due date.”
But now, OF seems to force me to misuse a combination of “highest priority”+“cannot do it before next tuesday”. Which are both wrong.
I learned from GTD to not misuse a due date, when it’s not strictly due.
Now, If I am forced to manually set/remove a flag (or a tag, I don’t see the big difference) or a defer date(+1 day) every morning, than that’s no better than to postpone a (not-really-)due-date + 1day every morning. Is it?
With big projects, when I know I cannot work on them today/this week, I feel comfortable to defer or put-on-hold them. But there are many small single action items that cost me more than 2 Minutes; maybe 30…60 I want them to be available but not yet flagged. Some of them should rise in priority next week, when still not done.
@nggalai: your example of regularily looking through ‘flagged but unavaible’ is a good example against too much usagage of the defer+flag combination, I think.
Because that way, I do have a lot of reminders in flagged+deferred, that I really don’t need to go through every day. e.g. a reminder to think about canceling a contract before it extends another 12 months – deferred for 9 months from now, but flagged so that it get’s attention when time comes.