In my view, Emacs Org-Mode is the best task management tool. Nonetheless, I think it could be improved.
Each time I think of something that I should do, I create a todo in Org-Mode, so I now have almost 400 scheduled or unscheduled todo. I find it quite hard to review so many todo. For example, if I have free time someday, I need to be able to review these ~400 tasks in order to schedule some of them for this day. So I'd like to have some criteria helping me review these tasks, and I'd like the assessment of these criteria to be easily visible.
I thought of 3 criteria (ideally they would be customizable because maybe some other criteria are more useful for other people):
- Span (how long it would take to finish the task)
- Nice (is it horrible
▮for me to do the task or very pleasant
- Importance (assesses the negative consequences of not doing the task)
Here is how it could look like in
Unscheduled Span Nice Importance ToDo: BACKLOG Income tax declaration ▮▮▮ ▮ ▮▮▮▮▮▮ ToDo: BACKLOG Beautify Emacs ▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮▮ ▮ ToDo: BACKLOG Buy Robot vacuum cleaner ▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮ ▮▮ ToDo: BACKLOG Make 1h video on DS ▮▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮ ▮ ToDo: BACKLOG Repay Leo ▮ ▮▮▮▮▮▮ ▮ ToDo: BACKLOG Fix shelves in cellar ▮▮▮ ▮▮ ▮ ToDo: BACKLOG Read Brothers Karamazov ▮▮▮▮ ▮▮▮▮▮▮ ▮
Here is an example of a legend for the Span criteria:
▮ < 20 mn ▮▮ < 2 h ▮▮▮ < 1 day ▮▮▮▮ < 3 days ▮▮▮▮▮ < 7 days ▮▮▮▮▮▮ > 7 days