The ‘To Do’ menu, as the lynchpin of the Review Bar, is one of the most commonly used features.
But it has two problems (that I’m aware of – do tell me more!):
- It’s fiddly. It’s not as simple enough to just ‘get me the things to do’
- The menu items aren’t well thought out – they’re a little arbitrary
I’m proposing that we slightly reduce the menu choices down to “Today, Overdue, Scheduled, Action, Waiting On[, any other status labels]”.
I’m proposing that a view of ‘All To Dos’ becomes the defacto choice. This is where things get a little more complex…
1) If we have a pin-able ‘All’ item, it is a little inelegant (having ‘All’ and ‘To Do’ next to each other feels redundant); and ‘All’ is a little meaningless for visual recognition (perhaps a different word would feel less redundant next to ‘To Do’).
2) If we made clicking ‘To Do’ automatically load all active items but if you hover you get the full menu, we have a more elegant solution. The weakness is that we’d have to find a visual style that didn’t mean it was confused with the Projects dropdown — I’m generally feeling that ‘To Do’ isn’t intuitively clickable/obvious-what-will-happen.
2a) A variation is to also make ‘Projects’ a button that when clicked, opens a list of all Projects (perhaps in some way sortable – e.g. by Oldest Item). But if you hover, it shows the menu of all Projects as it does now.
Can you imagine using these updated variations? Which one feels more right?
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