Match Your Desktop Solution

Use mobile options that match your desktop TRO approach. You will sync your tasks, so you must use the same fields and methods in both places.

Mobile task managers have varying methods for supporting Unprocessed Tasks lists. However, the method you use must be as automatic as possible. A TRO-capable task list must detect when a task is not properly processed. Typical options include:

Sorting Order

The Unprocessed Tasks list should always be sorted with the most-recent tasks at the top. This supports good collecting and processing habits by letting you easily triage recently-collected tasks.

  • A TRO-compliant Inbox, New, or Unprocessed Tasks list. This is ideal. (Beware: unless the task list is fully TRO-compliant, these views might not be suitable. See criteria below.)
  • A custom view, smart search, or smart list with a fancy filter that shows you all your unprocessed tasks. See criteria below. This is a common solution for desktop software. (Caution: This rare and often difficult on a handheld.)
  • No major context. If the other options aren’t available, you can use a list that shows you tasks without a major context. All processed tasks should have a major context.)

Criteria for Unprocessed Tasks

Ideally, this list should only show tasks that meet these criteria:

  • NOT yet completed,
  • NOT fully processed, AND
  • NOT a template.