1 month, 2 weeks ago cneembreyParticipant
I’m not sure if this is a bug, or if I’m just not using SkedPal in the typical way:
I have two lower-priority projects, “General,” and “Flexible,” both of which are grab-bags of miscellaneous todos. For any task that goes into one of these projects, I don’t really care exactly when the task gets done, but I do want to do the tasks in “General” before the tasks in “Flexible.” I have set the “Plan For …” for each of these projects to “Someday,” and I have also set both projects to be sequential because I like to be able to fiddle with the priorities of their tasks at the individual level sometimes.
My problem is that the tasks in “Flexible” keep being scheduled before the tasks in “General” even though “General” is higher up on my list of projects than “Flexible.” I’ve checked that none of the tasks in either of these two projects have individual scheduling that might be causing this behavior or any other differences between them. But the only differences between these two projects are the names and the positions in the projects list. My understanding from the docs was that if I had one project higher than another on my list of projects, that project would have its tasks scheduled first all other factors being equal.1 month, 2 weeks ago SethParticipant
There are a number of reasons why your tasks in Flexible are scheduled earlier:
- Maybe they’re shorter in duration and SkedPal finds time slots that could not otherwise be used by ‘General’.
- Maybe you have small tasks in Flexible that get bundled with other small tasks at earlier times.
- etc.. (e.g. Minimum Block Length differences)
The rule of thumb is that more important in SkedPal does not mean earlier time blocks. More important means that if two tasks compete over the same time frame and there is only room for one of them, the more important one will trump.
Solution? I need to understand your motive here. Is it because you want to make sure that as long as there any unscheduled general tasks, don’t schedule any flexible tasks? In this case, maybe they all should be part of the same sequential project with a dummy task in between as the divider. This will be much easier in SP 3 as you will be able to have a sequential project and two sub-projects inside it.1 month, 2 weeks ago cneembreyParticipant
“<span style=”color: #4b4d4d; font-family: ‘Open Sans’, ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;”>The rule of thumb is that more important in SkedPal does not mean earlier time blocks.”</span>
That’s helpful to know. I don’t necessarily need to have a hard and fast rule that every general task gets done before every flexible task, just would like to generally do general tasks before flexible tasks. I’ll keep fiddling with it. Thanks for the info about SP 3 — that sounds like it might be a good solution in the long term, and thanks for the quality of responses here in general.
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