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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Running to-do lists

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

It can be difficult to manage "today's" tasks when sometimes there's too much to do on a given day. This week's tip, shared by kylir, suggests using priorities instead of due dates for any tasks that don't need to be done on a specific day.

'dueBefore:tomorrow OR NOT priority:none' Smart List

I'm often annoyed by having to reschedule overdue tasks when in reality I just want to get that task done today and if not today then as soon as possible. To solve this problem, I've created a simple "Today" Smart List which shows things that are due today or which have a priority.

I then mark tasks in my other lists with a priority which then means I should do them as soon as I can. If I don't finish them today, they automatically appear in my today list for tomorrow without me having to change their due dates. My "Today" Smart List looks like this:

dueBefore:tomorrow OR NOT priority:none

Thanks for sharing this tip, kylir! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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