Using Search to Categorize, Tag and Filter
The latest update to Due, version 1.9, introduces Search.
Search was one of those features that should have been in there a year ago, but wasn’t, for a variety of reasons. But I’m glad it’s done now.
Besides using it to search (duh) through long lists of reminders, there is at least another interesting use of it.
One feature request that I’ve gotten is to be able to categorize your reminders (eg. Work, Personal) and filter them if desired.
While I’m not a big fan of categorizing/tagging/lists personally, you can now also do some form of tagging and filtering with the new Search function.
I have a long list of timers created for a variety of uses (tea steeping, exercises, parking ticket expiry, etc). One set of timers that I use frequently is a 15-second rest timer, and a 55-second workout timer for Kettlebells.
Since timers are not currently user-sortable, and are sorted automatically in ascending order of length, a set of related timers (say a 5-minute break timer and a 25-minute pomodoro timer) could easily get lost in a sea of timers.
With Search now, I would tag my 15-second and 55-second workout timers with ‘Kettlebell’ in their titles. That way, I could easily filter out all other timers when I’m only interested in my workout timers.
I don’t categorize my reminders—I treat both personal and work reminders equally. As long as they need to be done at a certain time, I’d like to be reminded to work on them—but I’d imagine users can now tag their reminders by appending the tags (eg. Work, Personal), and filter for them using Search when needed.
Moving forward, I hope to post more tips and tricks and use cases for Due. If you’ve any interesting use case or tips to share with fellow users, I’d like to hear from you.