This is a little proposition about changing the behaviour of
`org-agenda-goto' which typically gets triggered when pressing TAB on an
line in the Org agenda.

The proposition affects only the case of an agenda line due to a
timestamp outside a planning line (i.e. SCHEDULED or DEADLINE.)

Up to now `org-agenda-goto' jumps always to the corresponding headline.
With the patch `org-agenda-goto' would jump directly to the line
containing the timestamp.

If you use plain lists with timestamps this can be helpful.

Let's say in an Org file you have the following plain list.

* test

- <2017-10-07 Sat 16:25> Start writing the RFC.
- <2017-10-07 Sat 16:29> Thought: "Will somebody notice?"
- <2017-10-07 Sat 16:30> Sent the RFC to the list.

For each list item a corresponding line appears in the day agenda.

  .tmp  .:16:25...... test
  .tmp  .:16:29...... test
  .tmp  .:16:30...... test

Pressing TAB in the agenda would jump to the respective plain list item.

Find the concrete patch below.


Best regards

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>From e2fd5f36b33e17063cf06f8df7b5d924c751b327 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Marco Wahl <marcowahls...@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 15:57:36 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] org-agenda: Jump directly to line in case of a timestamp

* lisp/org-agenda.el (org-agenda-goto): Don't move back to heading
  when on a line with a free standing timestamp.
 lisp/org-agenda.el | 10 ++++++----
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/lisp/org-agenda.el b/lisp/org-agenda.el
index fb5448ef8..6fd16b659 100644
--- a/lisp/org-agenda.el
+++ b/lisp/org-agenda.el
@@ -8424,10 +8424,12 @@ When called with a prefix argument, include all archive 
files as well."
     (when (derived-mode-p 'org-mode)
       (org-show-context 'agenda)
       (recenter (/ (window-height) 2))
-      (org-back-to-heading t)
-      (let ((case-fold-search nil))
-       (when (re-search-forward org-complex-heading-regexp nil t)
-         (goto-char (match-beginning 4)))))
+      (unless (and (looking-at org-ts-regexp-both)
+                  (not (org-at-planning-p)))
+       (org-back-to-heading t)
+       (let ((case-fold-search nil))
+         (when (re-search-forward org-complex-heading-regexp nil t)
+           (goto-char (match-beginning 4))))))
     (run-hooks 'org-agenda-after-show-hook)
     (and highlight (org-highlight (point-at-bol) (point-at-eol)))))

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