Originally Posted by curt.clifton
I find it easier to use actions in an "Awaiting" context for these cases. The action items are like "From Bob, funding decision on new system" or "In time, price drop on iPhone". Then when the other person comes through, or circumstances change, I just check off the action and the project moves ahead.
I think "On Hold" is just a more concise way of saying "Someday or Maybe". As such, I'd argue that OF already has built-in support for Someday/Maybe lists.
Curt, there's a subtle difference here.
I see several distinctions between future projects:
1. things you know will be happening in the future. For me, the next SF con (where I will be working) is like this ... it's over 6 months away, and I don't need it on my list yet, but I know it will be.
B. things I might need to put on my active list but might not, depending on outside factors. So, "talk to school about my son's need for math enrichment" is dependent on how his teacher handles things at the start of the school year. If she provides enrichment on her own I won't need to prepare my presentation to convince her to do it.
III. things I may want to do in the future, but haven't decided yet. "Take a furniture-building class" ... I could do this this fall, or 5 years from now, or not at all.
These all need different handling:
1. All I need to do is set a start date on the project for when I need to begin work.
B. This can be put On Hold, as long as I remember to do my weekly review, which includes looking at my On Hold Projects.
III. I could put this On Hold, but I really don't need to see it every week. It would be nice if OF had buckets for what David Allen calls 30,000 feet (review every year) and 50,000 feet (review every 5 years). In Kinkless, I set up separate sections for these items, where they were out of my brain and out of the way.