A big thing I am missing in SkedPal is the ability of quickly the next task on my plan: a simple page with no distracting features that simply tells me my next action, according to the plan I created. I found out that in general this page is my biggest mover for gettings things done and boosts my productivity: removes clutter or the temptation to peek into continuously re-evaluating my priorities, and tells me simply what I should be doing next.
I think Focuster has a great implementation of this view, but the software itself lacks many other complex planning features Skedpal has and it wouldn’t be a replacement.
Is there any way I could be able to create this view with the data I have on SkedPal? I am fine using hacks or third party tools, I just didn’t figure out how to do it2 months, 2 weeks ago domdtylerParticipant
What about using the calendar export? This would allow you to simply see the next task in your calendar, without any options for changing it around. Many operating systems allow you to have a widget of some form showing the current and next calendar events. I’m not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for though!2 months, 2 weeks ago SethParticipant
Thanks for your thoughts. Wouldn’t the ‘Today’ view do the job for you though? Normally, the ‘Today’ view should contain a shortlist of tasks for today in the order they should be done. And, as your day progresses, the list gets shorter.
@Seth thanks for your answer – the Today view is an approximation of what I want, with the two major drawbacks of:
* Listing both events and tasks (which at least in my case can get long)
* Showing all of the plan of the day, instead of the next action
I just find it quite distracting to look at a list of 10/12 entries which all seem relevant, as my brain automatically tries to reprioritize and think about them all at the same time. Seeing just the next event (with an optional possibility to peek into the rest of the events of today) made me measurably more productive and it’s something I’d like to bring into my new SkedPal workflow.
@domdtyler Your solution is more or less what I tried to achieve but failed, as most widgets show you an agenda. I would be missing the ability to mark tasks as done but I can live without it. The closest thing I have seen is the “Event on the Screen Lock” feature of the Pixels, but I don’t always want my phone in my face. I run Linux and Android, do you have any suggestion?2 months, 2 weeks ago domdtylerParticipant
Hi @riccardo! I must admit I’m about the polar opposite of you, using iOS and macOS. I know there are systems that allow you to add widgets to the Linux desktop, which offer customisable interfaces: here’s an article on one I found. Again, I don’t know what your setup is so that may not be what you want.
On both platforms, perhaps a notification-based system could help, if all you want to do is glance at your current task? You could then just check the notification centre and see the current event that way?
Sorry I can’t be more helpful!
I can see we are definitely using different devices, thank you so much for the pointer, even more as it was not for your platforms!
I think that it might be a start of what I would like to see – however, the problem is that “current task” is not synced in the iCal feed: just the task which is currently under the spotlight. This works very well for events, as they have fixed stard and end time, and as such there’s a clear definition of “running event”.
However, if I finish a task early (or am running late), to display the correct task I would need to have that information about the status of the task itself, to display the first incomplete task in the “do now” page. That is currently not present in the iCal feed (or anywhere outside SkedPal) as far as I can tell: if that gets to be the case, I would be happy to code a version for it myself (maybe even making it mutiplatform/web) and release it for free to the public.
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