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I want to add difficulty markers to TODOs similar to how priorities are added. For example, the one below is a normal task with a priority of "A" assigned.

** TODO [#A] Ask at StackExchange on how to add difficulty markers
** TODO [#B] Work on adding difficulty markers

What I want is something like the one below:

** TODO [#A][1] Ask at StackExchange on how to add difficulty markers
** TODO [#B][9] Work on adding difficulty markers

The numbers denote how difficult the task will be.

Is there an easy way to do this? Is there a package that does something similar that I can look into?

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    How about a tag? ** TODO [#A] Hello world. :9: Or, a property drawer? :Difficulty: 9 – lawlist Feb 20 '17 at 20:46
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    Relying upon the built-in regexp for headlines and property drawers will permit certain highlighting/colorization advantages and also searching/organization -- e.g., org-search-view, org-tags-view, and org-agenda-list. To change the regexp of a headline will take oneself into the realm of a custom-built karlo-org-mode and undoubtedly break a zillion things in the process :) In an org-mode buffer type M-x describe-variable RET org-complex-heading-regexp RET to see what I mean. – lawlist Feb 20 '17 at 20:54
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You may be interested in looking at Org-Mode Effort Estimates.

These allow you to attach time estimates of how long you anticipate that certain tasks will take. If you also org-clock your tasks, you can then compare your Effort Estimates to your actual working time, and hopefully improve how accurately you schedule your tasks going forward.

  • It is not exactly what I am looking for but is a good solution to my problem. Thanks! – Karlo Licudine Mar 3 '17 at 5:02

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