I have defined an extra todo keyword
started in my org-mode config for tasks that I'm currently working on. I only ever have one task that is in the state started.
Can I display this task in a seperate line above (or bellow) the the mode line?
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This doesn't answer your question exactly, but might be a viable alternative:
If you use
org-mode's clocking commands, your current task will be listed in the modeline along with the total time you've spent working on it.
From the manual:
While the clock is running, the current clocking time is shown in the mode line, along with the title of the task. The clock time shown will be all time ever clocked for this task and its children.
This won't give you a separate mode line, but you'll have the info your after in the usual mode line. Perhaps that's close enough? It should be possible to put together a hook that automatically clocked-in on a task when you switched its state to
started, and clocked out when you changed it to something else.