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Hi, everyone.

I have a project template that I duplicate for work. Each project has four main actions. In each of those four actions, I have about five sub-actions.

I need to know the due date for the project. When I assign a date, I don't need to be reminded that all 20+ actions are due that day as well. If I had three projects that are due soon, I'd rather see a 3 on my apps instead of a 15.

Any ideas? Thanks for your time. :)

Adam
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I'll go ahead and add a feature request for you on this, Adam. Thanks!

For what it's worth: in my experience, most folks don't have projects that are predictably uniform in this manner. Tracking items rather than projects helps those folks figure out "hey, I have twenty-six things to do today; better get cracking!" If one project had two items and the other had 24, just seeing a "2" might cause an ugly surprise for folks with that sort of workflow...
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Thanks, Brian, for forwarding the request! :)

I understand what you're saying, and I agree. I guess this is just a preference feature because I will always do the same 20 things for each project, but I want to go down the list and mentally check off what I completed to make sure I didn't miss anything because mistakes can happen sometimes if I'm interrupted while working.

For instance, if my project was Mow the Lawn and due on Friday, the sub-actions would be:

(1) Pull it out of the shed.
(2) Pull the cord.
(3) Push it.

For the record, I do not have projects like this in OmniFocus for typical things lol. Without explaining my complicated workflow, I'm just giving a simple comparison. The projects I do at work are done the same way, and it's nice to glance down a checklist of things before sending it off to be sure I didn't miss a step. When I see that a project is due soon, I work on that project, and I've memorized what I have to do. The main step and only action is to complete the project, which is where I would want to see "only" the one due date reminder, so the other reminders for various projects stand out. Now, I see a reminder of 40 things, when I probably only have about 10 things total for other various home and work projects because I'm being reminded for the sub-actions.
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Hi, everyone.

I have a project template that I duplicate for work. Each project has four main actions. In each of those four actions, I have about five sub-actions.

I need to know the due date for the project. When I assign a date, I don't need to be reminded that all 20+ actions are due that day as well. If I had three projects that are due soon, I'd rather see a 3 on my apps instead of a 15.

Any ideas? Thanks for your time. :)

Adam
Hi Adam,

I had encountered the same situation (I have a work template, where I only want to be reminded of the project as a whole).

What I've done, and David Allen might frown here, is to create a task at the end of the template with a name similar to the task itself. (ie: "Done When: Photographs sent to Client X")

I put the due date just on that last task to represent the whole project. That also allows me to put appropriate due dates on the intermittent tasks as the project requires.
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Thanks for making the request.
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Hi Adam,

I had encountered the same situation (I have a work template, where I only want to be reminded of the project as a whole).

What I've done, and David Allen might frown here, is to create a task at the end of the template with a name similar to the task itself. (ie: "Done When: Photographs sent to Client X")

I put the due date just on that last task to represent the whole project. That also allows me to put appropriate due dates on the intermittent tasks as the project requires.
Thank you for the tip, Ricardo! This is a great workaround while we wait for a possible feature to be released. :)
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