I have a series of routines that I try to do daily.
For tasks that aren’t critical to do, I just use defer dates. For tasks I absolutely want to do every day, I use a defer date to hide it until it’s actionable and then a due date.
Despite my intent, sometimes I don’t get those deferred / due items done. When that happens, I have tedious chore work to do the next day:
- I can’t mark them as done, because OmniFocus then resets them to the following day
- I can’t just hit +1 on the due date, because now the defer date will be out of sync, and the task will be constantly visible
- So I have to increment both the defer date and the due date individually, and I can’t do that as a group, because the times on some of them are different, and incrementing by one day using the +1 day button when group selected sets them all to the same defer time and due time
- On mobile, this is extra tedious since I have to reveal hidden details about the task to get to the defer field
For example, I check my front yard to make sure the kids haven’t left anything out in the drive way in the evenings. I defer this to 8 pm, since before their bedtime there isn’t really a point, and I set it to due by 10 pm, to make sure I actually get it done.
I’m starting to feel that I’m doing something suboptimal / wrong here, because surely this isn’t an edge case, but it is a lot of work.