2008-09-05, 03:28 PM
In an attempt to take care of Q1 type projects, today I attempted to implement a top-down approach to see all items due today, tomorrow, etc. I found within project mode this is not possible. About to file a bug report because I thought SneakyPeak had screwed this up, I found this thread first.
I can see no reason why additional functionality to properly sort projects with due-dates separately in project mode would frustrate GTDers.
For those who like the granularity of seeing things separated by purpose, I think this is a fine thing. It's a bit old-school in terms of lists and non-GTD, but honestly, I think some of us work better knowing what we're working towards on a project that's due very quickly.
Selecting "sort by due date" appears completely counter-intuitive when it doesn't show the sort properly by date. Not to mention that it appears to sort top-down not bottom up... so I see items due in the future before items due in the past. Strange behavior for a sort.
I just tried the same sort in context mode... It's not bad. If you pick all contexts, you can see everything together, then sort by project, group by due-date. Not too bad. You just have to focus on a project first, then you get what you want. Albeit, it's not a complete overview of everything (you need to focus to a certain project or folder), it's not a bad solution to the problem.
I see both sides. But, barring difficulties coding it, I'd love to see a smarter view of sorting in the project view. In the very least, it should be painfully obvious that it's sorting within each project, which was not readily apparent to me at first. [Have the week,day, year etc., demarcations within each project folder?] I don't know the solution... all I can say is right now it's very counter-intuitive.