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Re: Considering Using Org Mode, But Question First: Recurring To-Do's an

From: Matt Lundin
Subject: Re: Considering Using Org Mode, But Question First: Recurring To-Do's and Custom Agenda Views
Date: Sun, 06 Dec 2009 07:21:12 -0500
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Steve Revilak <address@hidden> writes:

> From: Nocebic Meme <address@hidden>
>> I'm thinking of moving my organizational system needs over into org
>> mode, but I have a question first.
>> Let say I have a recurring to-do, such as 'daily exercise'
>> In org mode right now it would look like this:
>> * TODO daily exercise  :offline:
>>    DEADLINE: <2009-12-03 Thu .+1d>
> Try treating `daily exercise' as a recurring event (as opposed to a
> recurring TODO with a deadline).  Like this:
> * daily exercise  :offline:
>   <2009-12-03 Thu 07:00 +1d>

While this is certainly an option, I'm not sure this would solve the
OP's problem, since there would be no way to remove "daily exercise"
from the agenda once completed.

> org-mode has different semantics for SCHEDULED, DEADLINE, and plain
> active timestamps. For a recurring event, you'll generally want to use
> plain timestamps [1]. 

Certainly everyone has his/her own preferred method of using org mode.
But recurring items are by no means limited to plain timestamps.
Recurring DEADLINE and SCHEDULED items are also exceptionally useful.
Being able to mark the item done has the added advantage of providing a
completion log via the variable org-log-done.

You might also want to checkout the org-habit module, which is available
in the git org-mode.

> (Also, as a TODO, when would you mark it `DONE'? :)

When you're done exercising for the day? :)


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