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Re: [Orgmode] Not not using GTD

From: Carsten Dominik
Subject: Re: [Orgmode] Not not using GTD
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 19:28:12 +0200

On Aug 28, 2007, at 11:21, Dmitri Minaev wrote:

In the last year, I tried a couple of times to adopt the GTD planning
style. Until now, I was not successful, mainly due to my own inability
to keep the records up to date. Two weeks ago I gave another try and,
as before, I felt the initial relief that comes with getting rid of
the necessity to keep everything in mind. My org-mode setup is very
close to what Carsten described in Another GTD Question thread [1]:
tags for contexts, todo keywords for task state, outlines for pretty
everything else. Scheduling and deadlines make the standard agenda
view an amazing tool. Someday/Maybe lists simply have no todo state. I
have yet to explore the ways of dealing with projects.

There are, however, some things I might want to do, but either don't
know how or still not sure if I should.

* WAITING states in agenda
  I really love the standard agenda view, but the list of currently
  open todo items includes all unfinished entries, including waiting
  tasks. To exclude them, I can define a custom agenda, but I would
  prefer to customize the standard view, though, to replace the huge
  "open todo items" list with a slightly more compact list of selected
  todo-states. Is there a way to do so?

  How do you prefer to see your waiting items -- in the same list with
  other todos or in a separate list?

You can exclude selected stuff from any agenda view using `org-agenda-skip-function'

For example (in a customize buffer) for org-agenda-custom-commands:

Org Agenda Custom Commands: [Hide Value]
[INS] [DEL] Choice: [Value Menu] Single command:
            Key: a
            Choice: [Value Menu] Agenda
            Local options:
            [INS] [DEL] List:
                        Option: org-agenda-skip-function
Value: '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'regexp "\\*+[ ]+WAITING")
            [INS] [DEL] List:
                        Option: org-agenda-overriding-header
                        Value: "Agenda without the WAITING entries"
            [ ] Export:

* Inherited tags in agenda

  The inherited tags are not shown in the agenda. It would be OK if I
  were careful enough to tag all new entries. Now, as soon as I see an
  untagged item in the agenda, I am tempted to check if it belongs to
  a tagged upper level or I have simply forgotten to tag it. Is it
  possible to show the inherited tags in the agenda?

Not currently.  The "T" key shows the tags in the echo area, though.

- Carsten

Carsten Dominik
Sterrenkundig Instituut "Anton Pannekoek"
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Kruislaan 403
NL-1098SJ Amsterdam
phone: +31 20 525 7477

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