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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Taking care of postponed tasks

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

We often hear from users that taking care of old tasks can really help to feel better about what's left to do. After cleaning up tasks you added long ago, this week's tip, shared by kateoneill, suggests also looking at cleaning up postponed tasks.

My morning RTM routine involves marking as "complete" any tasks that I did actually complete the day prior, but postponing the rest. This means that some tasks that don't grab my attention can end up deferred for days, weeks, and yes, sometimes even months. But I have two Smart Lists to help me address this:

one called "ORLY?" with
postponed:"> 5" AND priority:1
so that I can see any supposedly high-priority items I've been procrastinating on and either handle immediately or determine true next steps for

and one called "Clutter!" with
postponed:"> [whatever the highest number that yields results is]"
which allows me to go in periodically and clear out ALL old tasks, and then revise the smart list to a smaller number so that it continually tightens my view on my overall tasks.

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

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Posted in: Tips & Tricks