Automatic moving of elements from Next to Today when due
Tom Ekeberg commented
This makes a lot of sense. If a task has a due date it needs to be performed no later than on that day. This means that after "today" it will no longer be actionable. Consequently, it no longer belongs in Next. It should be moved to Today because it by definition it has to be done today (or be deleted, or be edited with a new due date).
Schedule means that an action is not actionable until the scheduled date, which is something else entirely. A task should in principle go to Next on its scheduled date because this is when it becomes actionable. However, it makes good sense to move it to Today so it can be started or manually moved to Next.
But you don't Schedule because you want something to show up in Today. You Schedule because you want to get it out of the way until it is actionable.
Kerry Dawson commented
I agree with Peter Lawrence. Personally when I first read this I had no idea what it even meant.
Agreed - this would make sense. Also, I want to be able to sort by date created, even if no due date is selected.
Peter Lawrance commented
I guess it could be a user-defined option but gee, you already have the option. If you want a task to move automatically to "Today" then Schedule it. If you just want it marked as due by or on a particular day then use Due Date.
Alfredo Barroso commented
Negative vote here too. Due dates are like deadlines, the "last frontier", not the starting day of the task. if you want a task to appear at a given time in Today you should use the Scheduled folder.
If you have a task with a due date, perhaps you just put it in Next category. If you forget to ever move it, then it will never appear in today. It would be nice to have it as an automatic feature as it may not be that much of a priority compared to other tasks you may be working on.
I would like someone to give an example of their workflow where this would be useful. If I want a task to be put in my inbox on a particular date I put it in the 'Scheduled' folder. This helps me de clutter my 'Next' folder too.
Thanks, just trying to get a feel for the workflow since this is a popular request.
Yes, I would really like this - it is perfect for the way I organise my tasks. In fact, it is probably a "must" for me before I sign up (I am currently test-driving the app). However, I perfectly understand that some people may not be so keen, so an option to turn it on or off would be the ideal solution.
I also put in a "negative" vote for this. As a user, you should decide in which order you handle tasks. priority, due date, etc are just information to help you decide.
You may want to move tasks only due in 2 weeks on the top of your "Today" list, or purposefully keep an overdue task in "Next". This all depends on your personal assessment of your priorities.
And I agree with Kara, reviewing and sorting tasks regularly is key in the GTD process.
I would definitely like to either see things move to Today on their due date, or at least be able to sort / display by due date. I agree, though, that - given the range of responses to this - it would be best to be able to select whether you wanted it to be automatic or manual. But it should be an option, at least.
Agreed; make it a user option.
I purposely opened this to see if i could put in a "negative" vote . . . so clearly I am not alone here. But a simple toggle as Richard suggests where one could CHOOSE (globally, not each time) whether to have scheduled tasks automatically move to today would satisfy everyone.
Hear, hear, Richard! Yes, these types of contentious issues that boil down to a user's individual preference should be configurable as such. Don't force users into one specific method of doing things, especially where there is a lot of room for interpretation in the GTD methodology.
Elsewhere I have posted a request for user options so that we can control our own world and preferences. In this case it would be :
'Allow scheduled tasks to automatically move into today? Yes/No'
'Move scheduled and next tasks into intray ? Yes/No
Dan Williams commented
I disagree with Richard/Kara (but I would like to have negative votes!)
I have lots of things to do, plus some occur at significant times or on significant days. I think that if tasks are moved automatically to today, that would be great, but should only happen to tasks scheduled for today. That should satisfy Richard and Kara, surely?
I agree with Richard - if I could use negative votes, I would. The beauty of Get It Done is that you have to review your lists regularly and move items. It only takes seconds and is akin to a daily review.
If this is selected for implementation, *please* make it configurable by the user, i.e., allow the user to enable/disable the automation.
No. Today should be a personal manual job, there can't be many tasks in a day surely, just put them into the inbox, maybe classify them so they can be easily picked up and put into today.