I tend not to apply a date deadline to a task unless it needs one. My workload really comprises various items of differing priorities, a small number of which have actual deadlines.
I found that if I gave everything a deadline it distorted things as the deadlines seemed to be the primary filter, when in actual fact it is the priority which is the key thing for me. I've kind of sorted this using the following query:
7 days, overdue, p1, p2, p3, p4
This feels a bit cumbersome - is there a shorter way of achieving this?