3 weeks, 6 days ago adam_hereParticipant
This might be really obvious and I might be simply missing it, but I find it quite difficult to quickly pick projects/tasks for SkedPal to prioritize above the rest.
– sorted everything according to priority in separate areas and projects
– used the High Priority flag in five cases (out of approx. 200 entries)
but still end up with SkedPal bumping more important projects and tasks (according to order and even flag) for less important but recurring tasks, which is something I find both confusing and annoying.
So I end up with a Hot List that’s full of things I would like SkedPal to prioritize before the items it chooses to fill my schedule with.
Having read this forum entry, it seems there is currently no way around that happening at the moment.
In my mind it makes no sense to treat daily recurring tasks as so urgent that non-recurring tasks of a higher priority get dumped to accommodate the less important recurring tasks.
I then try to work with this behavior but find that I miss an easy way to tell SkedPal what to prioritize in light of this scheduling. I would expect the flag to accomplish this, but it does not seem to do so consistently.
A way to tell SkedPal quickly to not prioritize certain daily recurring tasks higher would also work, instead of having to manually go through the entire week to skip every possible occurrence to see whether that might make enough room for the tasks that I already prioritized higher than these recurring tasks in the first place.
As I have said, I might be missing something obvious, but somehow I cannot find a way to utilize one of SkedPal’s main selling points for me — automatic scheduling that helps me quickly realize I’m putting too much on my plate. For this to work for me in my day-to-day I seem to need a way to quickly and easily tell SkedPal: “pick this, this, and this, and forget about the rest for today/this week”. Right now it feels as if I had to do this backwards by manually making room for SkedPal to fill with these preferred tasks.
Oh, I have also tried out the Curate your Day feature on Android, but found it overwhelming and confusing instead of helpful in my situation.
I am not meaning for this to come across as negatively as it might sound, by the way. I actually like _a lot_ about SkedPal so much that I would love to find a way to make it work for me. I feel like I can tell that a lot of thought and effort went into making SkedPal what it is today, and I find myself thinking “hey, they even thought of this, I really like this!” quite often.
Any thoughts?3 weeks, 5 days ago SethParticipant
Thanks for sharing this. Since there are so many parameters involved in the process, it’s very hard for me to guess what is really happening in your case. For example, the link to the above post is only relevant to sequential projects that are planned at the project level without any milestones before their due date. In other cases, there is no need to worry about daily tasks dumping higher priority tasks.
Here is an example:
Project A is sequential and needs to complete in 10 days. The tasks in this project start to get scheduled in a few days (instead of today) and some of the final tasks in the project get into the hotlist. You wonder why the tasks didn’t get scheduled starting today! Then, you’ll see less important tasks are scheduled today. (e.g. daily tasks)
This problem will properly be fixed in SP 3 but here is a workaround you can do now to fix it. Give your project some milestones. In other words, if there are 20 tasks in the project, instead of giving a wide time frame of 10 days to the project, set a milestone at tasks 7, 14 and 20. In other words, decide on a date by which task 7 must complete, then do the same for task 14 and finally for task 20.
I had to guess the above is actually the situation that is causing a problem for you. If this is NOT the case, please DO CONTACT us with specific examples: For example, include a screenshot and ask why task xxx is not scheduled today (or any other day) and instead task yyy is scheduled. Then, I’ll be able to give you a better hint to solve the problem.
I’d be really grateful if you could give me more detailed feedback on why you found the Curate process to be confusing and overwhelming. This is a feature that we’re keen to get it right for SP 3.
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