follow up next working day
The follow up flags are great and I often use the tomorrow option to push non urgent tasks until tomorrow, however when my tasks are work-related, pushing from Friday to Saturday just creates a bunch of tasks to move again to Monday on my Saturday morning! Having an option to push the task to 'Next Working Day' would solve this problem if it were available.... I often have around 100-200 tasks so this may not be as significant a problem for those who have a lot less!
Frank Müller HM commented
You can do this on your calendar through the Task List Today (in the view menu).
It shows all the active or due tasks. You can select multiple tasks and drag them from any day to any day. Really good.
@Jeffrey: This is already possible. Add a custom flag. After the custom period the title will turn red. Your request: to turn off the flag when an answer is received is not workable. What if there are multiple people that need to answer? Or if an answer is received that is not correct?
I receive information I would like to add to my "have to read list" . Some features around such a list would be great.
Like a mail now on Visual Studio Tools for AI is a great mail with lots of info I would like to follow up on.
Like on the bus commuting I would like to pick from the "to read list" and get updated. Or at home when I set aside time to catch up.
Mail is core to information flow and learning so if outlook could support that scenario it would be great.
For many of my emails I expect a reply, and MOST of the time I get one. However, there is a small percent of emails I need to follow-up on.
It would be great if Outlook could allow me to flag an email so that it reminds me in a set period (e.g. 3 days) IFF THERE IS NO REPLY to this email.
I realize there are other solutions (e.g. add a Task), but the issue is that most of the time I don't need to follow-up, AND Outlook can automatically tell when a follow-up is not required by the fact that I got a reply.
@Adam, you are right. I ended up using other resource to write macros that advance the date at a push of a button (which could be edited to advance the reminder date too) and also to mark messages for follow up when they go to Sent Items. I actually don't find it very useful to have reminders on follow-ups, I prefer to set aside a time in my calendar every day to review follow-ups due today.
Rereading my comment to @Barry perhaps I should have written:
I think that your suggestion works @Barry but doesn't unfortunately advance THE DATE WHEN THE REMINDER WILL TRIGGER(which do get advanced when you use the today or tomorrow flag) which is also important (to me at least!)
Am still trying to find the 'reminder' option for Follow up (thats been lost in my progression from 2007-2013-2016!?
I think that your suggestion works @Barry but doesn't unfortunately advance reminders (which do get advanced when you use the today or tomorrow flag) which is also important (to me at least!)
Actually one interesting workaround is to group the follow up folder by date, and then collapse all the sections except the one containing the ones you want to move. Highlight them and drag and drop them to the desired date section. Or you could write a macro as I did and assign it to a button.
Yes, @Barry Graham, you're dead right. To go through 5-6 clicks on each individual task takes too long when you have a few hundred! A bulk edit I think would be ideal - select all the tasks/messages and then use the custom flag to move them all to the date you'd like to.
@Adam yes you can do multiple inconvenient clicks to do something simple like this, however what @Adam Paterson and I want is to be able to do it with one click.
Further to this, being able to bulk edit start dates would be useful (and possibly even a better alternative). This would enable the selection of a set of tasks to shift to the next working day, the next Wednesday, next month, next payday, etc....
Adam Lein commented
You have the Custom Flag option, right? I usually use that, which also supports adding reminders.