Improvements: Times in Calendar and future actions

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez
tags Improvements List Management

Let me introduce a couple of new features that have been added in the latest update of FacileThings. Both are aimed to provide greater control over the organization of your actions.

Times in Calendar

Now you can schedule your actions in a specific time of a day. For example, if you have a meeting tomorrow at 10:30, you can enter the following:

Meeting :day tomorrow 10:30

If you are using the in-line command, you must type the time after the date, with the format hh:mm. Optionally, you may specify AM or PM, without leaving any space (18:15 and 6:15pm are the same times). This is a reminder of how to enter dates in-line.

You can also indicate times using the graphical calendar interface:

entering times using the calendar interface

Inactive or future actions

Inactive or future actions are those that cannot be done until a certain date.

Imagine that next April 20 there is a concert that you would like to attend but tickets are not offered for sale until April 1. You don’t want to have this action visible since it cannot be done, so you can assign an activation date using the command :start:

Buy tickets for the concert :start April 1

You can use the same date formats for both the :start and :day commands.

All actions are active unless you assign a start date after today. If you want to delete the start date you can use the :start clear command.

In order not to divide your energies with actions you cannot do today, inactive actions will not be shown in the Calendar or Next Actions lists, and will not be computed on the counters of these lists. However, you can view and edit them using the new inactive filter that you have on both lists:

inactive actions

Francisco Sáez

Francisco is the founder and CEO of FacileThings. He is also a Software Engineer who is passionate about personal productivity and the GTD philosophy as a means to a better life.

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