The Calendar Heat Map

  1. How’s SkedPal Different From Other Task Management Apps
  2. Planning at Project level vs Task Level
  3. Sequential Projects & Sub-Tasks
  4. How to Set up Recurring (Repeating) Tasks
  5. Viewing Recurring Task Sessions
  6. Scheduling Long Tasks
  7. The 21-Day Scheduling Horizon
  8. Bundling Small Tasks Together
  9. Using the Due Date vs Plan Date
  10. Fixed Time Tasks and Pinning Tasks on Calendar
  11. What are Hot Tasks and Projects?
  12. You’re here -> The Calendar Heat Map
  13. Finding a Task on the Calendar
  14. Planning Tasks that Can’t Start Before a Date or an Event
  15. Understanding the Focus Feature
  16. Planning for ‘Someday’
  17. Sidelining Fixed Events

Generally, a scheduled task has a certain amount of scheduling slack. In other words, the plan is to complete the task within a time frame, not at any specific time. So, SkedPal frequently reschedules tasks within the designated time frames in order to accommodate the changes that happen during the day.

As time passes and a task stays incomplete, the available scheduling slack for the task shrinks. In other words, the closer a task gets to the end of the intended plan to complete the task, the less slack is available. So, each task on your calendar has a certain degree of slack.

The individual task slack levels make up your calendar heat map. To see the calendar heat map, turn on the heat map button on the top right of the calendar. This will change the color of your tasks from the project color to the slack color. A green task is one that has plenty of slack. A red task has very little slack to reschedule to a later time. An amber task is one in between green and red.

You can also see the amber and red slacks on the task list too.

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