Advanced recurring tasks in FacileThingsAUTHOR: Francisco Sáez
Recurring tasks is one of the most powerful tools in any personal management system. They allow to automate the management of a large number of your activities, and automation is often a synonymous with productivity.
First, you will find that you can now define a recurring task at the same time you are processing it. The reason is that you usually know that a task is going to be repeated periodically in the moment you think a little about it—i.e. while processing—, so it is not desirable nor productive to postpone its definition or stop processing your inbox to set it properly.
In the advanced options you will also see three new possibilities:
- You can set a specific time in the day for the task to be done. Ideal for regular meetings which are always performed at the same time.
- You can keep the task inactive until a few days before the scheduled date. This way it will not appear in your Calendar until you want. For example, some birthdays and anniversaries often require only a call so you would not need to see them until almost the same day.
- You can use the completion date as the calculation basis for the next date. For example, if you define a task to get done every 2 days, but it takes you more than 2 days to do it, the next task will be generated 2 days after the date you did it, rather than 2 days after the date you should have done it.
What do you think? Are you missing any other possibility?