I also struggled with the concept of dates in Agenda. I understand now, but I think there is some value in trying to articulate where the confusion stemmed from.
Because Agenda is so flexible, the way you choose to use the app actually changes the meaning of the wording/terminology.
There are two independent forms of date management in Agenda:
- Assigning a calendar date to a note
- Attaching a #due tag to a note
The issue is with the meaning of the word ‘due’ - for those of us who use Agenda as a task scheduling tool (a todo list of sorts) then the term “Due Date” naturally refers to the date that the task is supposed to be performed on.
But for those who use Agenda as a work journal the term “Due Date” changes to mean the ‘deadline’ for when you must finish working on that note, which is quite a different concept.
Getting Agenda to surface the notes for your attention in a timely manner is integral - if today is the “due date” of my todo item, it’s the perfect time to see it. But if today is the “deadline” of my essay I’m writing, seeing it now is far too late.
For the people in the ‘todo list’ camp it doesn’t make sense to have two methods of assiging a due date - and the ‘assign a calendar date’ is the faster and more elegant way of selecting and tracking your todo dates.
For the people in the ‘work journal’ camp it makes perfect sense to have one date for when your work needs to be complete (the ‘deadline’) and one date for when the work relates to (‘next week’s meeting with Tom’)
The problem is compounded by the fact that if you set a Due Date of today by attaching a tag named #due(Today), then that note will not appear in the ‘Today’ section, which I found rather confusing.
There isn’t actually anything that needs to be fixed here - thanks to the ability to save your own Overviews which can be filtered by either Due Tags or Assigned Dates.
Ultimately there is flexibilty to use Agenda how you want to, but I thought it might be useful to attempt to explain why it’s confusing for people.
Sorry if this was long-winded