The Omni Group
These forums are now read-only. Please visit our new forums to participate in discussion. A new account will be required to post in the new forums. For more info on the switch, see this post. Thank you!

Go Back   The Omni Group Forums > OmniFocus > OmniFocus 1 for Mac
FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

 
Dropped but visible Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
During the course of a workday there are often tasks that I want to drop from my workflow, but still have in the task list as a reference point.

So, I make a context "dropped" with the status "Dropped". But when I want to mark a task as dropped, it doesn't show up in the context drop-down list. It seems my only option is to drag-and-drop the task onto the context within the Context view. I can't do that from Project view, which is where I tend to work from.

Why banish "dropped" contexts from the drop-down list? It's one of those small "do it my way" things about OmniFocus that make it less intuitive than it should be.
 
Make your context "on hold" instead of "dropped" and you won't have this issue. Dropped projects don't appear in the lists, either. The idea is that you want the project (or context) out of sight during normal operation, and are keeping it only so you have a record of its existence.
 
Thanks for the pointer, whp.

I already use "On Hold" for a couple of contexts. I want to specifically "drop" certain tasks, which OF recognises as a possible course of action. But:

- why make dropped items disappear? I'd prefer to have them appear, if very subdued, as an aide-mémoire to my thought processes at the time.

- why are "dropped" contexts unavailable in the drop-down context list?

Maybe I just need to file a gripe with Omni.
 
The fact that the don't appear in drop down lists is the result of previous griping. Most people seem to think that dropped items shouldn't appear; they're gone forever except as a record of past activity. So, feel free to submit a request, but I'd guess that a change is unlikely.

It sounds like when you drop something, you intend to pick it up again. That seems like the definition of on-hold to me. OF 2.0 will supposedly include the ability to put individual actions on-hold without changing their contexts. Would that help with your situation?
__________________
Cheers,

Curt
 
Curt - no, I don't intend to pick dropped items up again as part of the same project. But in my line of work, the people I talk to as part of one assignment may become the basis for another assignment in the future. In that case, I go back and review who I interviewed, and also who I didn't interview. In that sense, old task lists serve as a permanent aide-mémoire.

Very few of my tasks are of the "clean desk" variety, the sort that can be chucked out after they are crossed off. They contain contact details, a few notes on when I called, left messages, promises to call back, websites and other cruft. I should be using a CRM, perhaps, but I'm not in sales and find CRMs to be clunky and full of features I don't need.

OF is just right - except in its insistence that it knows what I don't want to see.
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bashosfrog View Post
OF is just right - except in its insistence that it knows what I don't want to see.
Or rather, its insistence that when it uses a word like "dropped" the word means what it wants it to mean, with apologies to Lewis Carroll. I think the change you're looking for is unlikely to happen, and certainly won't happen immediately. So, you'll have to look for ways to use the tools that you have to do what you want. Sand with the grain, in woodworker parlance.

Let us know whether Bill's (whpalmer) suggestion can be made to work for you. If not, perhaps there's some other foo that you could do using perspectives.
__________________
Cheers,

Curt
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by curt.clifton View Post
Or rather, its insistence that when it uses a word like "dropped" the word means what it wants it to mean, with apologies to Lewis Carroll.
I think in this case, the interpretation of "dropped" is too close to "deleted" in that the task goes AWOL from the task list.

Anyway, I seem to be alone in my angst, so I'll just give "dropped" an On Hold status and leave it at that.

Thanks for the discussion, Curt and Bill.
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bashosfrog View Post
I think in this case, the interpretation of "dropped" is too close to "deleted" in that the task goes AWOL from the task list.
Only if you don't change the view bar. You can show the tasks in dropped contexts by changing the view bar's availability filter to show any status.
__________________
Cheers,

Curt
 
It might be worth experimenting with the use of searches like
tasks where (hidden of its context) is true
and
contexts where hidden is true
in Where in OF (for OF 1.8)

to list and select / focus on the matching items, or a subset of them.

--

Last edited by RobTrew; 2012-07-17 at 08:17 AM..
 
Rob,

I'm a big fan of your OmniFocus-Devonthink scripts, and am really appreciative that you've taken the time to analyse my workflow and improve it substantially :-)

As a non-scripter, my mind boggles at how much work WhereInOF must have taken. It's another gem, and thank you, it does partly address the subject of this thread.

I'd like to think that the OmniFolk will grab this (paying you handsomely) and put an Omni UI on it. Search is one of OF's weak points, perhaps because few people use the program as a CRM-type work record as I do. This goes a long way towards fixing that.
 
 


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Folders - dropped but can't put them on hold? BevvyB OmniFocus 1 for Mac 4 2009-09-25 08:52 AM
Spurious dropped cookies rdoust OmniWeb General 1 2009-02-25 02:49 AM
Main window not visible! steveb OmniFocus 1 for Mac 1 2008-03-18 03:21 AM
View without completed and dropped? Shanana OmniFocus 1 for Mac 2 2007-08-26 06:02 PM
dropped projects Craig OmniFocus 1 for Mac 1 2007-06-19 05:38 AM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:59 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.