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After much experimentation and gleaning advice from this forum, I have arrived at a system where I use Start Date to prioritise current Actions. I put Start Dates in current Projects rather than laboriously enter Start Dates in each Action of those Projects. However, I enter Start Dates in individual Actions within Single-Action Lists that I want to make current. I use Due Date only when there is a fixed date relating to an event or deadline.
This method has been working fairly well within the Perspectives I have created with one major draw-back... I find myself often collapsing the "Start any time" group to get rid of Actions without Start Dates.

Does anyone know of a way to create Perspectives that exclude Projects and/or Actions that do not have Start Dates?

It would be great if the "Show Actions with Status" filter had a "Start Soon" function similar to "Due Soon" with the number of days variable entered in Prefs. Also, in the Perspectives inspector, I'd like to see check boxes for "Show/Hide Projects/Actions without Start Dates" and another for Due Dates, similar to the "Also restore settings for other mode" checkbox.

Any work arounds?
If you take a snapshot of the perspective with the Start Any Time group collapsed, OF should remember to leave it collapse when returning to that perspective.

Originally Posted by curt.clifton View Post
If you take a snapshot of the perspective with the Start Any Time group collapsed, OF should remember to leave it collapse when returning to that perspective.
Thanks Curt, I've tried that, but then I have to manually change Focus to include the Actions with Start Dates that are contained within Single-Action Lists. They are nested within the "Start any time" group because the actual List does not have a Start Date. To give the List a Start Date would result in all the Actions contained within that List to be grouped within a specific Start Date group, whether they have Start Dates or not. Do you see my dilemma?
And the problem with saving a manual focus within the Perspective is that it makes data within that Perspective fixed rather than Dynamic as the status of data is changed or new data added.
I see, you must be trying to do this from Planning Mode rather than Context Mode. I don't see a ready solution to that, other than the feature that you proposed.


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