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From: Tim Cross <theophilusx@gmail.com>
To: emacs-orgmode@gnu.org
Subject: Re: Clock tables and two ways to categorize tasks
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2020 01:52:54 +1100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <87d009z9dl.fsf@gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <87tutljzxo.fsf@mbork.pl>

Marcin Borkowski <mbork@mbork.pl> writes:

> Hi all,
> here's the problem I'd like to solve.  I clock various tasks, and then
> generate a clock table.  So far, so good.  But now I'd like to know
> better where my time goes.  Most tasks I do have a few similar
> components: discussion/research, writing code, testing, etc.  I thought
> that I could create subheadlines under each of the tasks and give them
> tags like :discuss:, :code:, :test:, :debug: and so on.  (Not very
> convenient, but doable, maybe with a bit of Elisp to automate the
> process.)
> Now, I'd like to prepare two clock tables: one where I see how much time
> every task took, and one where I can see how much time I spent coding,
> testing, debugging, emailing etc.  I can see in the docs that there is
> the ~:match~ option, but if I understand it correctly, it can only
> restrict the table to /one/ tag, so I'd need to have as many tables as
> I have tags - not optimal.
> Any ideas?  Should I use something else than tags for that?

Although I haven't tried it, I think you can have multiple tags. You
should be able to do something like


which would give you those tasks with tags :TEST: and :DEBUG: but not

Have a look at the 'Matching tags and properties" section in the manual
(under the agenda section).

Another approach (actually the one I use) is to put things at different
levels. So at level 1 is the Tasks heading, at level 2 is each TODO at
level 3 is each subtask and at level 4 are the task activities (****
Research, **** Code, **** Meetings, **** Testing, **** Documentation).

My main clock table has :maxlevel 4, which shows a complete breakdown
while the table I use for invoicing (where I only want to show total
time, main task time and sub-task times, but not the level 4 stuff) has
:maxlevel 3.

Actually, I lie a bit. My current invoicing approach actually uses a
custom :formatter function so that my invoice clock table has columns
for rate, amount and total amount. However, the :maxlevel approach was
where I started!

Tim Cross

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-11-19 14:53 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-11-19 12:25 Clock tables and two ways to categorize tasks Marcin Borkowski
2020-11-19 14:47 ` Mikhail Skorzhisnkii
2020-11-19 14:52 ` Tim Cross [this message]
2020-11-20  8:20 ` Leo Okawa Ericson
2020-11-22  5:55   ` Kristian Grönberg
2020-11-22  7:06     ` Tim Cross
2020-11-22 18:16     ` Jean Louis
2020-11-22 21:28       ` Marcin Borkowski
2020-11-22 22:11         ` Jean Louis
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2020-11-20  0:37 Bala Ramadurai

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