Originally Posted by rmathes
fixing this bug will indeed help, but where I'd really like to see this go is to apply the ‘focus’ concept to the context/execution side of things. but if I see an expandable tab labeled ‘next week’, then mentally a part of me is wondering ‘well gee, I wonder what is in THERE?’
I don’t want to even raise the question in my brain. I just want to see what I want to see and I want to eliminate other data from the view. Focus.
Basic question: is it reasonable or unreasonable to ask a task management app to provide a view that shows you only what is due today or prior? Obviously I think it’s reasonable. Your mileage may vary.
I'm not sure whether the question is reasonable or not reasonable, but whether you prefer one way or another. I personally prefer the way OF handles the views since I can see past dues, today, and future dues in one screen. If I don't want to see the others, I can simply collapse the others, and once the expand/collapse bugs are fixed, they will stay put. However, I can see what's coming up in the horizon in this same view, and I will argue that having this flexibility makes OF much more powerful than either iGTD or other program that do not give us this feature.
When I review the tasks in the morning, I can see things I need to do today, but there might be other important things I should be working on today even though they are not "due" today, or perhaps what's due today aren't that important for me than certain future items, or I don't have enough to do's to occupy the whole day as well.
In iGTD or other programs with smart folders, I need to scan three views, past due, today and future (e.g., next 3 days) in order to do the same task that I can do in one view in OF. Of course, I can create a smart folder that allows to show past dues, today's, and future, but then the list gets all mixed up with the list of tasks (that's the reason I created separate views in the first place) and I don't have the ability to "hide" or collapse certain items. Thus, the mixed view does not help me focus.
That's one reason why I love OF so much. It helps me to focus on things that are important to me rather than just urgent . . .