Automatic populating of My Day
I have several Lists each with numerous actions. I assign Due Dates to each action. Every day I have to troll through all my actions and Add to My Day on all those actions which are due today. It would save an awful lot of time if an algorithm could be devised by Microsoft which automatically registers those actions due today in My Day
Our initial plan with My Day was to make a space where users had to be more intentional about what they could actually accomplish today. Due dates may be set for today but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have the time to tick them off. By not automatically adding them to My Day, we’re trying to keep the user from getting overwhelmed. Tasks due today should appear in Suggestions so that it is easier to add them from there. That being said, we are looking at feedback and discussing the benefits of automatic population.
Alexandre Hirlinger commented
Understood that the intention of My Day was different than this suggestion, but I find this suggestion extremely useful. Just give the option per test of it automatically or manually begin added to my day and problem solved. Both camps are happy.
Andrew Smith commented
I dont think this is a problem anymore with the planner smart list
Rodger Moran, CPA commented
My dear colleague, Aliz. Your post is great. Options are good! I do "get it."
Unfortunately, Microsoft ToDo works "their way", not yours.
Their motto is similar to the Taliban Burger King philosophy – "You'll have it OUR way"
You have an excellent app, and should provide users with options. I do work my way, not the Microsoft’s or anyone else’s way. There is nothing for you guys to debate. Get it?
Drew C commented
It is ridiculous that this capability is not included. If Microsoft wants to keep us from being overwhelmed, then at least give the user an option to auto-populate my day from the prior day. I've cursed ToDo many times on how it handles this issue.
it's nice to have an initial plan. all you have to do is provide the option for me to select a recurring item in "my day". don't micro-manage my "stuff". Thank you. Dan
Yes, I would also like automatic populating of My Day, especially for tasks that are every day tasks. I would like the option to make a task "persistent" to make sure that it's visible and gets done.
And yes, other task management tools like To-Doist offer this functionality.
Frank Arnold commented
It should be an option in the settings... "automatic add tasks with due date today to my day"
But I like current implementation of "My Day" so the user can pick from the suggestions the tasks manually and pin it to "my day"
Similar to Ron's comments, I like to begin planning the next day's "My Day" the night before - in fact, I'm in the office right now @ 5:20pm and wanted to add an item to tomorrow's "my day", which is how I ended up at this link.
I understand Polly's logic (trying to prevent the user from getting overwhelmed) - but users can also deselect items from My Day. At minimum the option should be there to automatically prepopulate "My Day" to accommodate the two different modes of task management.
This really is basic functionality that virtually every other task management app has. It continually amazes me how MS, with all of the resources it has, can produce software that implements only half the features that smaller companies are able to produce. Hell, if you just reskinned Wunderlist (which MS owns) you would have this functionality.
I would at least like to populate tomorrow's My Day. I personally like to plan "My Day" the night before. That can include items that I may need to make sure I do in the morning before leaving for work. I don't want to spend time then to plan my day. Maybe items added to My Day after x P.M. go onto tomorrow's My Day?
Good to hear you are thinking about it. For what it's worth, my mental model for the "My Day" feature when I first started playing around with MS ToDo, was that it was a "smart list" of some kind. Tasks in this smart list are either here because I flagged them (aka, added them to "My Day" from their originating list), or were automatically surfaced because they had due dates.
Shashank K commented
I would really love to have My Day auto populated from tasks that are due today. Making it option based is a good solution for both groups that want it and those who don't. It is really inconvenient to add them manually every day. Also Planned Tasks view show everything that is due and not filter to what is relevant today which defeats the purpose. I guess for those that have limited number of tasks this is very helpful. We already have ability to segregate tasks based on aspect of life such as work, personal etc. so coupled with that, auto populate will be a fantastic feature. Thanks.
Justin Burkard commented
I couldn’t agree more with Polly’s reasoning to not include automatic populating of My Day. I actually started using To-Do partly because of that how much I like the My Day smart list. I have a bad habit of choosing not-so-set-in-stone dates for tasks and would hate to have those in my face every day. I love how I have to be purposeful with My Day and also love the “for today” suggestions. That way it’s as easy as possible to not miss those tasks with due dates or weren’t complete from the prior My Day, but I’m never overwhelmed with a pre-populated list.
Andrew Morpeth commented
This would be useful, but it needs to be a configuration option so that people can choose if they want this to happen or not.
Adding automatic populating of My Day would ruin a great feature.
Mike Snow commented
I like the way that My Day functions and agree with Polly's comments about the intent being to no overwhelm the user. If you want to see everything that is due today then simply use the Planned view instead of My Day to see that. Please don't change the way this is working.
Brendan Murphy commented
I like the way My Day currently functions. There are actually a lot of good reason to daily review your tasks and manually pick which ones you can do that day. If there were an auto-populate option, it should be just that, an option. I would not want my task being auto added to the MyDay list. Graham's suggestion of renaming it may be a better option.
You can at least add it as a custom option. "Automatically populate My Day" yes/no option. It is very inconvenient for people who don't have thousands of tasks, I always have to add the manually and it creates a chance of forgetting about the task at all.
Hemant K commented
My Day, means what happens today!! it should auto-populate, if getting a blank list for the day is the target, as other posters have mentioned it, put up a toggle.
Improve the integration with Microsoft launcher for android, there is no option for "planned" list atall.