[O] Traking estimated time for TODO items

2015-01-23 Thread Andreas Hilboll
Dear org experts,

I have a bunch of TODOs which represent tasks that I'd like to do some
time.  When I end up having a certain amount of spare time, I'd like to
be able to get a list of all of these someday tasks which would fit
into the available time frame.  I.e., when I know I have about 30mins,
I'd like to see only those someday tasks which are estimated to be
shorter than 30 mins.

I'd like to see how people are dealing with this sort of thing.  One
easy possibility would be to have tags 1hr, 2hrs, 0hrs, etc.

I appreciate any ideas =)

Cheers,
  Andreas.



Re: [O] Traking estimated time for TODO items

2015-01-23 Thread Sebastien Vauban
Dear Andreas,

Andreas Hilboll wrote:
 I have a bunch of TODOs which represent tasks that I'd like to do some
 time.  When I end up having a certain amount of spare time, I'd like
 to be able to get a list of all of these someday tasks which would
 fit into the available time frame.  I.e., when I know I have about
 30mins, I'd like to see only those someday tasks which are estimated
 to be shorter than 30 mins.

 I'd like to see how people are dealing with this sort of thing.  One
 easy possibility would be to have tags 1hr, 2hrs, 0hrs, etc.

 I appreciate any ideas =)

The right way to do such is by using the property Effort (available
through pressing `C-c C-x e'). Type in there your time estimate.

That will even be used when clocking to show you whether you still have
time to finish your task, or if you're already above your estimate.

For searching for tasks to do, you can then have such an agenda view:

  (tags-todo Effort{}+Effort\0:30\)

PS- IMO, there are still problems about the syntax of that property:
HH:MM format, or days of 8 hours, or days of 24 hours, etc.  See
http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.emacs.orgmode/84360 for more info about
it. But, if you stick to one common format, it should make it.

Best regards,
  Seb

-- 
Sebastien Vauban




Re: [O] Traking estimated time for TODO items

2015-01-23 Thread Eric Abrahamsen
Andreas Hilboll li...@hilboll.de writes:

 Dear org experts,

 I have a bunch of TODOs which represent tasks that I'd like to do some
 time.  When I end up having a certain amount of spare time, I'd like to
 be able to get a list of all of these someday tasks which would fit
 into the available time frame.  I.e., when I know I have about 30mins,
 I'd like to see only those someday tasks which are estimated to be
 shorter than 30 mins.

 I'd like to see how people are dealing with this sort of thing.  One
 easy possibility would be to have tags 1hr, 2hrs, 0hrs, etc.

 I appreciate any ideas =)

 Cheers,
   Andreas.

I don't use the EFFORT property, but I think it's exactly what you want.
See the (org) Effort estimates section of the manual.

Eric