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Why I Stopped Using Due Times in Reminders and Embraced Due Dates Only

Why I Stopped Using Due Times in Reminders and Embraced Due Dates Only

For the past week, I’ve been running an experiment, which I think is going to stick for the foreseeable future: I stopped using due times in Reminders, and I’ve decided to manage my daily responsibilities with due dates alone.

For as long as I can remember using a task manager – which is to say, since 2009 when I started MacStories – I’ve managed my tasks with a combination of due dates and specific times of the day. At the time, there was no Reminders app from Apple, and early task managers for iPhone, then iPad, were largely based on GTD principles, which revolve around the idea of making tasks actionable with clear indications as to when, where, and how you’re supposed to tackle them. Due times were the norm, and still are in modern task managers – even the ones that have taken the liberty to break free from a traditional GTD approach. Due times have also long helped me provide structure to my day, giving me a practical framework to understand, at a glance, what’s supposed to be taken care of in the morning and what can wait until later in the day.

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