Beginning with release 1.1.0
the Taskwarrior shell (
tasksh) has a
command that lets you review your tasks.
Reviewing your task list is important because you need to make sure you work on the more urgent tasks first, and also make sure your list is up to date. Only with accurate metadata (due dates, priorities ...) will your task list reflect real world needs. Periodic review will help you maintain the right due dates, priorities, dependencies, tags, project assignments and so on, while removing tasks that are no longer needed.
Here is a quick demo of the review feature:
Ideally you would review your task list reguarly, once a week. If you find yourself making no changes to the tasks, perhaps you should review less often. The goal is for the review process to be effective at cleaning up the list, but not a burden, or a waste of time.
Tasksh implements the review by creating a Taskwarrior report just for
this purpose. It is named
_reviewed and simply lists
the UUID values of tasks that need to be reviewed. This report then
drives an interactive session where you go through that list of
tasks one at a time, and have the chance to modify, skip or mark
the task as reviewed.
When you mark a task as reviewed, Tasksh adds a
timestamp to the task, as a
defined for this purpose. This attribute is used in the
_reviewed report filter to make sure you don't
review the same task more often than weekly.
The combination of the
reviewed timestamp, and the
_reviewed report means that if you were to review all
your tasks today, then immediately performing another review would
yields no tasks to review. After a week has passed, you will be
able to review all the tasks again.
This ability to 'resume' a review session means that you can stop a review session at any time, and resume later. You can even specify how many tasks you would like to review, which means you can review a small set of tasks more frequently, making the review process shorter.
When you first review, Tasksh will automatically configure
Taskwarrior to create the
_reviewed report, and the
reviewed UDA. Once the report is created, you can
modify it. Here is the report definition:
$ task show report._reviewed Config Variable Value ---------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------- report._reviewed.columns uuid report._reviewed.description Tasksh review report. Adjust the filter to your needs. report._reviewed.filter ( reviewed.none: or reviewed.before:now-1week ) and ( +PENDING or +WAITING ) report._reviewed.sort reviewed+,modified+
The filter term
reviewed.before:now-1week can be
changed to suit your needs.
Launch tasksh, and you will immediately see a summary of available commands, followed by a prompt:
$ tasksh tasksh 1.1.0 tasksh> review [N] Task review session, with optional cutoff after N tasks tasksh> list Or any other Taskwarrior command tasksh> diagnostics Tasksh diagnostics tasksh> help Tasksh help tasksh> exec ls -al Any shell command. May also use '!ls -al' tasksh> quit End of session. May also use 'exit' tasksh>
You see here that
review is one of the commands. You
can simply start a review session, which can be quit at any time:
tasksh> review ...
Or you can review a fixed quantity of tasks:
tasksh> review 12 ...
Reviewing a fixed quantity can help you iteratively review all your tasks at convenient times, without having to go through the entire list at once.