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Karma & Postponing Items

Do you still deduct points from "postponing" an item? If not, why and can it be optional? I would love that additional incentive to keep from postponing items. Thanks!

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 16:30 UTC

Hi Thierry,

Overdue tasks are the main negative karma right now. We will consider your suggestion in future updates.


Thierry Uwilingiyimana
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 16:40 UTC

Thank you! Sorry for double posting. I didn't realize you'd be on top of comments on responses too. Y'all have a great product! Thank you!

Trish Putnam
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 16:55 UTC

Hehe, I would ask that if it is considered, it is definitely a settable option, since my due dates often change. For me, postponement is a normal and necessary part of my day-to-day task management, as my tasks for a project are generally in the system early with a tentative (and usually aggressive) due date so I can start assessing my weekly and monthly calendar. As projects solidify schedule and more information is available, due dates change. I'd hate to be tentative about putting a stake in the ground with regard to due date because I'd lose karma points if I have to postpone - and I like the karma system as a way to give me incentive to stay on top of my task management.

Thierry Uwilingiyimana
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 17:07 UTC

Sounds like you're on top of it Trish! I have on my todo list to finally check out the Todoist video on GTD, with the intent of being more systematic with my approach to Todoist. But honestly, what first attracted my to Todoist was how organic my beginning was: logged in with my gmail account, and created a todo item. Period. No application. Zero setup. Now as it has become the central management system with many many projects and todo items coming out the wazoo, I can now start thinking about solidifying my approach to GTD, a theory that I believe in but have yet to fully implement.

So when I move my things, it's because I didn't get to them, which is usually because I had too much on my plate. If my Karma points can reflect that, then my behaviors would intuitively change.

Trish Putnam
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 18:12 UTC

I hear you, Thierry! I've gotten pretty good at avoiding overload scenarios - generally I do my postponements when I'm assessing my weekly calendar or first thing in the morning, so that REAL tasks that need to be done are on my agenda. I won't say it never happens that I overestimate what I can get done, but it's something I've worked very hard to avoid! However, I think your approach would be a good way to force yourself to estimate your workload realistically.

I use GTD, though over the years I've modified the approach a bit to suit my own work style. For me, it's been the best way to make sure I stay on track. Good luck with getting your approach solidified!