One of the things I want to do is develop a good sense of how long it
takes me to do something. Better time estimates lead to better
scheduling, better sense of what I can commit to, and ultimately less
stress and more happiness. =)
Fortunately, Planner makes it easy for me to do really detailed
time-tracking. When I mark a task as in progress, the clock starts
ticking. When I postpone or close a task, the system clocks out
I find that my attention occasionally strays. Sometime ago, I wrote a
function to help me keep track of what I’m supposed to be doing.
Today, I’ve decided to try estimating task completion times for more
of the tasks on my list. I modified my old function to tell me how
much time has elapsed since I started the task. This doesn’t take into
account previous clock-in/clock-outs, but it will do for now.
We’ll see how well it works. =)
;; I've bound sacha/planner-what-am-i-supposed-to-be-doing to F9 F11. I
;; start out by clocking into the task (use planner-timeclock.el and
;; C-c TAB to mark a task as in progress). Then, when I find myself
;; getting distracted, I hit F9 F9 to see my current task in the
;; minibuffer. C-u F9 F9 jumps back to the task so that I can either
;; mark it as postponed. M-x planner-task-pending (bound to C-c C-p in
;; my local config) and M-x planner-task-done (C-c C-x) both clock out
;; of the task. If I want to jump back to the previous window
;; configuration from that planner page, I can just hit F9 F9 again.
(defvar sacha/window-register "w"
"Register for jumping back and forth between planner and wherever I am.")
(defvar sacha/planner-current-task nil
"Current task info.")
(defadvice planner-task-in-progress (after sacha activate)
"Keep track of the task info."
(setq sacha/planner-current-task (planner-current-task-info)))
(defun sacha/planner-what-am-i-supposed-to-be-doing (&optional prefix)
"Make it easy to keep track of what I'm supposed to be working on.
If PREFIX is non-nil, jump to the current task, else display it
in a message. If called from the plan page, jump back to whatever
I was looking at."
(if (string= (planner-task-page sacha/planner-current-task)
(if (null prefix)
(message "%s %s"
;; Minutes so far
(planner-find-file (planner-task-page sacha/planner-current-task))
(message "No current task. HEY!"))))
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