Another great post from gridwriter Robert Agcaoili's OmniFocus series reflecting on how to best use flags and due dates.
- Flags = intention
- Due Dates = mandatory
Robert's approach is exactly the one I am using as well. There are no more than 5 or 6 tasks due per day, and 4 to 5 of them are 'Waiting Fors' reminding me to chase people up.
I try to use flags only for the top 2 tasks I want to get done on the day and mainly dedicate the first hours of the workday to them. There are days where I go overboard with flagging, but that's not really something I worry about too much.
Similar to Robert I do a brief Daily Review as well, but mine happens in the morning. I check all due actions, review my Next Action list and flag a couple of them for the daily focussed work.
It is also recommended to check, in particular in sequential or mixed parallel/sequential OmniFocus projects, if the order of tasks still represents the desired or required one. You often capture new and important tasks that possibly change the entire approach to the project and they get appended to the end of the list and your Next Action Perspective may not show them.
I work around that problem most of the time by predominately using parallel projects and a Next Action Perspective that looks at all remaining actions.