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Just seeing what other people are doing for this, and it only sometimes becomes an issue for me:

My structure has 4 top level folders (work, home, school, business)

In my school folder, I have a project for each class I'm taking, along with any projects, like for example my transfer application to UW.

In the UW project, I've got a bunch of tasks, but 3 of them designate tasks from one of my previous schools, then has childern tasks within for each action...so it looks like this

School
-UW Application (project)
--SCCC (first task)
---Request transcript (child task)
---Submit transcript to UW
--SLCC
---Request transcript
---Submit transcript to UW
--Honors Society
---Fill out application
---Pay Fee
---Submit to admin

The problem is, in forcast view on ipad/iphone, and "due today" perspective on my mac, both "request transcript" actions only show they are in the UW Application project, but I have no idea which is which. Same thing with tasks like everything under "honors society". All I get in my forecast is "pay fee". What fee?

What does everyone do to solve this? Just copying the parent name into the first part of the child name? Seems repetitive and messes up my flow when I start a list of child tasks, but may be necessary. Any idea's are welcome!
 
I wouldn't necessarily copy/paste the parent's text into the item, but I do try to write my action titles so they're individually distinguishable.

Abbreviated/minimal-length action titles feel more efficient when you're writing them, but require too much cognitive load to figure out later.

Something like "Pay Honors Fee" would be my suggestion; it's a few more characters at entry time, but will be a lot more understandable later on.

Hope that helps!
 
Hmm, I remember writing a response to this yesterday; I wonder what happened to it?

The situation you describe is a problem with any hierarchical system where the leaves don't contain enough information and the context in the hierarchy is hidden. Write your actions as if you are going to delegate them to an idiot; quite often, the idiot will be you, wondering just what it was that you wanted Future You to do. If there's some doubt, you can open the editor on the task and tap the button in the Info panel to hop to the containing project. On the Mac, click on the row handle to select the row, then right-click and select Focus in New Window.
 
 


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