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dave256 2007-09-07 05:46 AM

sort by due date in project view
 
Is there a valid reason why you can't sort by due date in project view? It's certainly confusing that the option is available but doesn't work. I realize I could enter the projects by due date or focus on a project and switch to context mode, but it seems strange to me that it doesn't work.

Ken Case 2007-09-07 08:04 AM

[QUOTE=dave256;20796]Is there a valid reason why you can't sort by due date in project view? It's certainly confusing that the option is available but doesn't work.[/QUOTE]

In planning mode (currently called "projects mode") you can sort projects by their due date, and when I tested just now it seems to be working for me. (Right now this is a little confusing because the project's effective due date for this sorting is the due date of the first action that comes due, which you can't actually see anywhere when you look at the project itself—but we're thinking of changing this soon to just use the project's assigned due date.)

Are you trying to sort individual actions rather than projects? If so, flip over to context mode (which operates on actions) and set the sort order there.

dave256 2007-09-07 09:03 AM

[QUOTE=Ken Case;20804]

Are you trying to sort individual actions rather than projects? If so, flip over to context mode (which operates on actions) and set the sort order there.[/QUOTE]

Yes, I was trying to sort items within a project and I do realize I can do that in context mode. The way I have it set up now is my projects don't have due dates, but items within the project do so that's why it appeared to me that sorting in project mode didn't do anything. I teach so I have a project for each course. Each course then has tasks like:

write HW 1
write HW 2
write lab 1
write lab 2
write lab 3
write exam 1
write exam 2

I tend to put them in that way and then add due dates. I tend to review in project mode (maybe I shouldn't) and wanted to see what needed done soon. I guess I need to figure out a different way to do the review or enter them by due date in project mode.

brianogilvie 2007-09-08 07:32 AM

[QUOTE=dave256;20806]I tend to review in project mode (maybe I shouldn't) and wanted to see what needed done soon. I guess I need to figure out a different way to do the review or enter them by due date in project mode.[/QUOTE]

I end up reviewing in both context and project mode. In project mode, I group and sort by review date, but if some actions within a parallel project have a due date and others don't, I tend to drag those actions to the top of the project (unless there's an implicit due date on the others).

In context mode, I first group and sort by completion date and show completed actions, to see what I have gotten done since the last daily or weekly review, and then group and sort by due date, to see which actions I need to have on my radar screen lest they blow up in my face.

I've set up perspectives for these views, which speeds the review along.

By the way, it seems to me that you ought to be able to sort by due date within each project by doing the following:switch to context view, group by project, and sort by due. However, it doesn't seem to work that way.


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