Calendar software doesn’t work for me for tracking periodic tasks. Calendars are too rigid about when things happen, and they don’t understand that some chores are harmless to delay for two weeks and some aren’t.
I built a periodic task dashboard in Coda which has been working better for me. When I fall behind, the most-urgent recurring chores rise to the top of the list and turn increasingly red.
How it works
Each chore is configured with Sleep days and Days until red which control how often the chore repeats after being completed and how quickly it turns red.
For example, imagine a chore has a Sleep days of 15 days and a Days until red of 7 days. If you marked it complete on the 1st of the month, the chore would become eligible to complete again on the 16th of the month (15 days later), and will turn fully red on the 23rd (7 days later).
Chores can open links
When you complete a chore with a Link set, the link will open in a new window. I find that behavior useful for tasks like periodically checking the calendars at different theaters and music venues or keeping an eye on apartment listings.
Hope you find this useful!
In my personal copy I use a filter to hide any chores that are still sleeping, but I left the filter off this template so it’s easier to play with.
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