Relative date ranges in Outlook queries

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The recent request for a GTD-style "next actions" dashboard map got me thinking about how this could be done using Outlook task syncing (to send tasks to Outlook) and Outlook queries (to create dashboard maps based on date criteria). See my suggestions here: https://community.mindjet.com/mindjet...

However as I point out my approach has limitations. The main one is that it is date rather than "next action" based. I support the request for a dashboard map based on a GTD-type query which could scan connected project maps to show the next incomplete action in each map.

The trick with this though would be working out what the next action is. Presumably this could be done through a combination of due date and the topic sequence in the map, assuming this had been set up sequentially (eg, main topics in clockwise direction in a standard map, left to right in an org-chart style map, etc.

In the meantime I have a humbler request, which is for customised relative date ranges for Microsoft Outlook task queries in Mindjet. At the moment you have the option to query within an absolute date range (eg from the 10th to the 20th of April) or relative to the current current date (eg, 10 days from now). However you cannot run a query in Mindjet for tasks due, say, not less than 10 days and not more than 20 days from now.

This would be a great addition to Outlook queries and while it would not be a "pure" GTD approach it would provide for a more fine-grained dashboard model. For example you could set up a succession of queries such as due today, due tomorrow (but not today) and due next week (but not this week) etc.
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I would like to repeat this request I made two years ago for customised relative date ranges in MindManager Outlook task queries, but in addition I would like an option to search for Outlook tasks in terms of their due date as well as their start date.

At the moment if you set a query for tasks in, say, the next seven days, MM interprets this as any task which starts in that period or which is current in that period, even if the due date is outside that period. This is confusing if you want only tasks which fall due in that period (which when you think about it it is not really that unusual to ask for).

Obviously this isn't an issue if the start and due date are the same day but is a major problem with multi-day tasks. Ideally there should be options to query for tasks that start in the requested period, those which finish in this period and those which start AND finish in this period. And to reiterate, it should be possible to set customised date periods as well.

Edit: There is of course an obvious work-around for the due date issue which I've only just thought of - which is to run the Outlook query and then apply a power filter based on task end dates which fall in the same period. It would be neater though if this could be done within the Outlook query.

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