Perspective for several most important tags


Hi there

Tag system
I have several rather orthogonal tag hierarchies: people (boss, colleague, wife), places (office, home, errands), priority (today (actually “todayish”), nextday, week, express, annoying-small-do-sometimes).

Work mode
Most of the days my mode of work is to do:

  1. Whatever is exactly scheduled for the day - calendar in Forecast view
  2. Most/all of “today” tag - again doable in Forecast view
  3. Hopefully one-two things from express"
  4. Maybe a couple of things from “nextday”
  5. Maybe a couple of things from week
  6. Maybe “one thing” from “lazy annoying-small-do-sometimes”

Dashboard for it
Right now for items 1-2 I use Forecast view and the rest are just perspectives for a single tag that makes… too many perspectives, I have to jump between all them to remind myself of these things.

I am trying to figure a way for building a perspective that would include these six groups of tasks somehow, (or at least last four. 1-2 can stay in Forecast), ideally each group would show only 3-5 top tasks, but it’s okay even if it shows all tasks. I still see a lot of value of listing all these things grouped by priority tags on the same page.

I understand how to create perspective with all the tasks, but I fail to figure how to group by the priority tags. If I use “group tasks by tag” I get a complete mess, because of the orthogonal tag hierarchies: I would get groups for not just “today, nextday, express”, but for “today, office, nextday, wife, etc”.

  • Or is building a perspective the best way at all?
  • How would you do this sort of a dashboard?
  • Or do you use some other way of planning work not to forget to do one-two items from important categories every now and then?


Does it help to use the tags (combined) order instead of just tags? That would group them into sets like,
today, boss
today, wife


I’ve avoided jumping into using multiple hierarchies of tags for the same reason. I hope they correct this, as I was very surprised OF3’s custom perspectives insist on using all tags rather than the ones you invoked within the rules of that perspective. Just seems dead-obvious to me.