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* Refiling All 'Terminal TODO State' Entries to a Particular Heading
@ 2021-05-06 14:23 Tim Visher
  2021-05-11  4:56 ` Ihor Radchenko
  2021-05-12 13:35 ` Tim Visher
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From: Tim Visher @ 2021-05-06 14:23 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Hi Everyone,

Partly because I think it's neat and partly to ask for ways that I could
improve it I figured I'd share my latest little snippet of org elisp with
the list.

I maintain my primary TODO list as an org file with top-level headings like *
This Week, * Delegated, * Scheduled, * Deferred, etc. These all contain
TODOs or potential TODOs.

Anything I intend to work on near term I refile into * This Week and that's
then the primary heading that I'm burning down throughout my day.

I do weekly reflection/projections and 6 week reflection/projections. When
I do a weekly reflection I go through another heading * Done to remind
myself what I accomplished in the past week. When I do a 6 week
reflection/projection I review the Done heading one more time and then I
refile all the entries currently there into an * Archive heading. Then
every now and then I actually archive entries in Archive into an
*.org_archive file. * Done and * Archive are both tagged with ARCHIVE.

In an effort to start automating some of this effort I wrote the following
elisp to refile all the Level 2 entries to the Done heading:

(defun timvisher-org-refile-done-entry-position
    ()
  (save-excursion
    (goto-char (point-min))
    (re-search-forward "^\\* Done")))

(defun timvisher-org-refile-done-entry
    ()
  (org-refile nil
              (current-buffer)
              (list "* Done"
                    (buffer-file-name)
                    nil
                    (timvisher-org-refile-done-entry-position))))

(defun timvisher-org-refile-done-entries
    ()
  (interactive)
  (length
   (org-map-entries #'timvisher-org-refile-done-entry
                    "LEVEL=2/+DONE|+CANCELLED"
                    nil
                    'archive)))

I'm doing Level 2 only because for long running projects I tend to have a
single Level 2 heading with many subheadings representing the project's
breakdown and I don't want them to be refiled out of the project.

Opportunities for improvement would be:

   1. Is there a better way to find the * Done entry than searching for it
   every time?
   2. Am I using org-refile correctly there? It's functional but it also
   seems needlessly complicated.

Hope this finds you all well. :)

--

In Christ,

Timmy V.

https://blog.twonegatives.com
http://five.sentenc.es

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