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I think I read somewhere for routine tasks, people use the Start Date. However, for repeat, you guys use Completion Date, right? What happens when you usually do your laundry on a Friday but for one Friday, you did not have time?
I have a Custom Search for Routine Tasks where I only see tasks whose Start Date is the current day. If I miss a routine task that I wanted to do yesterday, I will not see it on this Custom Search. Any solutions to this?
Maybe there's a better Custom Search for me to see all my routine stuff?
I'm one of the folks that uses the start date for routine tasks, and I do most commonly repeat by completion date.
If I usually do laundry on a Friday, I would have the repeat set to "every Friday -- by completion date". So, if I do the laundry on Sunday, it will reappear in my list the next Friday as always.
There are a few things that I have have marked to repeat by due date for reference convenience. These are generally tasks that need to be done once for each month, and I use the start date as an indication of which month's task needs to be done. For example -- downloading or reconciling financial statements. I need to reconcile each month's records, so if I miss a month, I do still want the reminder that there's another to catch up on!
Maybe for your custom search, look for any tasks with a Start Date before "tomorrow". That ought to get you everything that starts today AND started yesterday.
We all add our own flavour to how things are set up. I hope my perspective helps you figure out what might work for you!
Wow, stuff like laundry is part of my DNA. I generally do it when the bag is 3/4 full; the scuzz factor at work. If I tried to put it on a calendar I would probably get out of sync. Now granted. I have a washer dryer at home so this is not a probllem. If I had to go to the laundermat I just might put it on a calendar so that way I would know to comit to doing it or rescheduling it but either way its not ever a missed apointment. One other way to do it would be to set a context called @chores so you always have laundry to do as an option when you are in a housekeeping frame of mind.
This message was edited Dec 16, 2009.
Yeah, I suck at keeping on top of my chores. I do have a "chores" context, so I don't get them mixed up with other important home or work projects.
But all the same, I'm still at a point where I need dates with repeat or they'll never get done. (Or at least get done WAY less often than they ought to.)
By using a start-date instead of a due-date, I can at least keep the chores off the hard landscape. Hopefully someday they'll all be automatic like the laundry is for you!
I'm somewhere in between having it second nature and being reminded. Right now I am in the process of figuring out what I need on my schedule and what bogs me down as too much info and needs to be removed.
Regular laundry used to be on it but I don't really need to be reminded so I took it off and am much happier. But I do have things like cleaning specific things like the sheets and towels on there and that helps a lot.
Is there any way to schedule something every other week? For example we have an appointment every other Monday and I can't seem to get it to follow that schedule. Right now I have it every Monday and delete the days it isn't on.
When setting the repeat switch to Advanced Options and type in Every 2 weeks. In fact my "Change sheets" is set with exactly that repeat.
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