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I recently moved from Things to Omnifocus. Like many who have tried this I was not happy having to give up my Today list. Some of my work is task oriented and must be done on particular days. A Today list made my life easy with regard to the set tasks.

It took me a bit of time to figure things out - I messed up more than one type of Perspective before arriving at this point. I have searched the forums and I have to say most of the work arounds for a today list have been far too labor intensive (due dates and flags that need daily attention... ). It might work for a week tops for me but then I'd lose interest. I want simple - something I don't have to work on every single day. I want to add things to my omnifocus lists and then not think about them again until they need to be done.

Here's what I came up with that works for me. I wanted to post it because it might help someone else. I do realize this will not work for everyone. This is just my way of doing it. YMMV.

First - all items for this Perspective need to have a START date - that is the one necessary column to be filled in.

Create a Perspective as follows:
-- View Mode: Context (it may work under projects... I didn't try it that way someone else might find that way more useful so experiment!)
-- Under Restore I have the following that ended up being checked (I don't remember checking them but I put this out there for information purposes)
-- Context Sidebar Filter
All Contexts
-- Group Actions By
-- Sort Actions By
-- Status
-- Duration
Any Duration
-- Flagged
Any Flag State

This will give you all actions with a listed Start date that have not been completed sorted by Start date. It includes start dates that have passed but the actions have not been marked as complete and goes through the future. It includes actions with no context, no project, no due dates. As I said the list is based solely on the Start date. Therefore my "Someday Maybe" list items with no dates do not clutter the list.

This works beautifully for me as I put all kinds of things like "water plants" as a recurring task every Monday. I hated using a "due date" because I don't need a highlighted task staring at me from the Omnifocus window when it's not really a super huge priority, just something I don't want to forget to do. My work items that must be completed on a certain day have a due date too so they will turn red if I don't complete them - that's important for me.

And I now have a "Today" list so to speak... ordered by date. I can just look at the list of items for today's date and ignore the rest of the list.

I hope this helps a few people who have been having issues with a "Today" list. I really love the way Omnifocus syncs with my ipod touch and that was my primary reason for moving. Things did not give me any recurring tasks on my ipod - it became a large issue when I was traveling. Now that I've figured out this perspective as one way to view my lists - I will be even happier.

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