I use org-agenda-todo-ignore-scheduled set to 'future to ignore / not show TODOs in the global todo list that are scheduled in the future.

org-agenda-todo-ignore-scheduled set to 'future seems to work for TODOs that have only a date and not a time.

E.g. if today is Oct 23 2020 at 10 am and a TODO has a timestamp of e.g.:

SCHEDULED: <2020-10-24 Sat .+1d> 

then it is not shown.

BUT a TODO with:

SCHEDULED: <2020-10-23 12:00 Fri .+2h>

is shown in the Global todo list even though it is scheduled for 2 hours into the future.

I have been searching for a variable or setting that could make the global todo list also ignore TODOs that are x hours into the future but have not been able to find anything.

Is there any way to do this?

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    I guess future means tomorrow or later. You can set it to 0 if you want to ignore today I think, but you won't get earlier ones for today that way. I guess the granularity unit is one day.
    – NickD
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 14:57
  • Thank you NickD for your input :) It makes sense that the granularity is 1 day not less. I suppose time was added to date stamps so that TODOs could be shown in a time range in the agenda...
    – ironfish
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 19:13
  • Time is important for appointment-like TODO's, perhaps not so important for SCHEDULED-like or DEADLINE-like TODO's - at least, that's how I interpret things.
    – NickD
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 21:00
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    For me it is useful to repeat certain tasks that I need to do eg every 2 hours, such as take a break from work, stretch, etc. I could also see it helpful for people that would like a TODO to take eg some medicine every 6 hours, etc. I have found a solution and posted the answer.
    – ironfish
    Commented Oct 25, 2020 at 15:10

1 Answer 1

  • Do C-h v org-agenda-todo-ignore-time-comparison-use-seconds and click customize.

  • Click Value menu.

  • Set it to Compare time with seconds.

  • Save

  • Restart emacs

This changes the comparison from the default value which is days.

  • TIL about org-agenda-todo-ignore-time-comparison-use-seconds - thanks!
    – NickD
    Commented Oct 25, 2020 at 17:23
  • @NickD - Thanks for sprucing up my post and all the help you have given me in many other questions :)
    – ironfish
    Commented Oct 25, 2020 at 21:09
  • A good question and a good answer deserve some touch-ups to present their best face to the world :-) Thanks for the question and the answer!
    – NickD
    Commented Oct 25, 2020 at 22:09

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