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sterlingcurrency 2011-03-29 07:18 AM

Checking Multiple Completed Tasks?
 
I've been off the wagon with OmniFocus for a few months, and am now facing a rather long list of repeated tasks that I presume need to be checked as completed in order to get back to square one.

Is there any way of batch completing a series of tasks?

whpalmer4 2011-03-29 07:28 AM

Select them all (use cmd-click on the row handle to add another to the selection if they aren't all in a row), then press the space bar.

sterlingcurrency 2011-03-29 08:00 AM

This seems to work (the tick appears in the small box on the LHS and a line runs through the text on that line), however once those actions have been checked, new actions (with exactly the same characteristics as those just checked as completed) are then created. When I examine the details for these actions in the inspector, I see what the "Added" date & time is the time I tried to check / complete the action, not when the action was originally completed.

Is there some setting to my actions that I'm missing?

whpalmer4 2011-03-29 08:11 AM

Sorry, I started a post to discuss what you should do in exactly that case, but got interrupted by a phone call before I could finish. Naturally, that gave you the opportunity to get tripped up by my incomplete advice :-)

If you have your repeats set up with "Repeat every", when you complete one that is overdue, you'll get the new one at the date/time at which you would have gotten it had you checked the original off on time. Sometimes that is what you want (if it is important that a task take place the right number of times), but it's a nuisance when you don't want it. When you don't want to repetitively tick off "walk the dog" 14 times to make up for the week you were out of town, the best option is probably to just reschedule those tasks. The way I usually do that is with Dan Byler's [URL="http://bylr.net/3/2009/02/omnifocus-defer-script-updated/"]Defer[/URL] script. Select the actions you want to reschedule, run the script, and put in the appropriate number of days to get it into the right time frame. This works best with a scenario where you've been gone for a known amount of time. In your case, where you've been off the wagon for months, you might instead want his "Today" and "Tomorrow" scripts, found [URL="http://bylr.net/3/2010/01/today-and-tomorrow-omnifocus-scripts/"]here[/URL].

Brian 2011-03-29 02:25 PM

[QUOTE=whpalmer4;95237]When you don't want to repetitively tick off "walk the dog" 14 times to make up for the week you were out of town, the best option is probably to just reschedule those tasks.[/QUOTE]

Also, email the [EMAIL="omnifocus@omnigroup.com"]support ninjas[/EMAIL] and ask to be added to the feature request we have open for some sort of "skip repeats" option. :-)

sterlingcurrency 2011-04-11 10:29 PM

Thanks for taking the time to respond guys. Although I was able to download the "today" script and install it, I wasn't able to use it to help in completing the tasks that I had outstanding. I was able to clear the backlog by ensuring that each of the outstanding tasks was set to "Don't repeat", then completing them. I'll certainly add my name to the "skip repeats" option list. Thanks again,


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