Suppose I want to use the following definitions for effort estimates across all org files - or simply set globally, That is, I want to achieve the effect of having this line at the top of all my org files (or at least the agenda files):

#+PROPERTY: Effort_ALL 0 0:10 0:20 0:30 1:00 2:00

How would this be written in the .emacs file?


See chapter 8.5 Effort estimates of the Org mode manual (which you can also read from within Emacs by running M-x info). It has this to say:

   Clearly the best way to work with effort estimates is through column
view (*note Column view::).  You should start by setting up discrete
values for effort estimates, and a `COLUMNS' format that displays these
values together with clock sums (if you want to clock your time).  For
a specific buffer you can use

     #+PROPERTY: Effort_ALL 0 0:10 0:30 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00
     #+COLUMNS: %40ITEM(Task) %17Effort(Estimated Effort){:} %CLOCKSUM

or, even better, you can set up these values globally by customizing the
variables `org-global-properties' and `org-columns-default-format'.  In
particular if you want to use this setup also in the agenda, a global
setup may be advised.
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