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Times before and after?

thmcnutt says:
Anyone have a suggestion on how to represent tasks that have to be done before a certain time or after a certain time?

Eg, "Pick up the milk any time after 3:00pm"

This seems like it should be very easy, but I can't figure out how to make it work.

(As a tack there any way to enter a task and a due date in one click or does it require a task subject and then editing the due date?)
Posted at 3:44pm on May 29, 2008
landon.springer says:
Well, due after 3pm isn't a definite time, while due before 3pm is.

I would personally use your example as a block of time in my 30boxes calendar, rather than an rtm task.

If it's due by 3pm, set 3pm as the due date/time. No worries there.

I'm not sure if there's a combined task entry format...

Posted 7 years ago
thmcnutt says:
Yeah, my real worry is if someone says, "Sure, pick this up between 3 and 5."

I can't figure out a way to represent this.
Posted 7 years ago
landon.springer says:
Many to-do lists handle this with a start time and due time, but unfortunately RTM doesn't do start times.

When I have a certain block of time to do something, I see it as a calendar event rather than a to-do item. So, I'd use Google Calendar or 30boxes for that.
Posted 7 years ago
raymond.bergmark Power Poster says:
thmcnutt: I would use the method I've already described too many times in various threads:
1 Add a tag z2h to this task and make it due 17:00/5 pm.
2 Create a smart list, name it to zzz or whatever.
3 Include a NOT list:zzz to your normal smart lists

This way this task won't show up until 15:00/3 pm.

The smart list in 2 should be (you can use as many zNX tags as you like):
list:Someday OR
(tag:zzz AND dueAfter:now) OR
(tag:z1h AND dueAfter:"1 hour of now") OR
(tag:z2h AND dueAfter:"2 hours of now") OR
(tag:z1d AND dueAfter:"1 day of now") OR
(tag:z1w AND dueAfter:"1 week of now") OR
(tag:z1m AND dueAfter:"1 month of now")

I just discovered the hour part of this, great if you have deadlines using hh:mm and not only dates.
Posted 7 years ago
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