I'm kinda new to org-mode and I was wondering whether it is possible to set a deadline for a TODO task to a meeting date? I try to be more specific in the following:

I have a meeting org file within which I keep all my meetings dates under headlines (ie. no SCHEDULED nor DEADLINE): appointments.org :

* Meeting with boss <2021-01-25>
* Meeting with John <2021-02-03>

What I would like when associating a DEADLINE date to a TODO in another org file, is to interactively select a specific meeting that my task corresponds to in my appointments.org (in that case 'Meeting with boss'). This way, the date of the TODO DEADLINE could be dynamically linked to that of the meeting: should the meeting's date change, the TODO DEADLINE would also shift:

* Tasks
** TODO Do something for boss 
DEADLINE: <????-??-??> <-- select "* Meeting with boss" within appointments.org
** Other Task

So far nothing like this showed up in my researches, at least no "build-in" features.

Thanks for any feedback on this!

  • How do you link the TODO entry in one file with an appointment entry in a different file?
    – NickD
    Commented Jan 4, 2021 at 14:11
  • well I guess I could use the agenda: [C-c a] would allow me to find a meeting date within appointments.org? If not suitable, the question can be asked if the meeting date is within the same org file as the TODO. Would the answer be easier in that case?
    – embrouille
    Commented Jan 4, 2021 at 14:25
  • No, whether they are in the same file or in another file does not make much difference - you need to tell us how you intend to tie the two items together.
    – NickD
    Commented Jan 4, 2021 at 19:18
  • Well, this is ~ the point of my question… Supposing my meetings are stored/organised by headlines (one headline = one meeting title & a calendar date), could I set a TODO DEADLINE date to that of a specific headline? Sorry again, I'm new to this.
    – embrouille
    Commented Jan 5, 2021 at 9:08
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    I clarified my question, thanks @NickD
    – embrouille
    Commented Jan 7, 2021 at 9:00


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