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Automatic Movement of Unfinished Items in a Time Management System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111800D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Manthuruthil, GC: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article proposes a new capability allowing electronic time management system users to identify and move unfinished items from one time slot to another time slot on their calendar. This method also indicates which scheduled events were actually completed.

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Automatic Movement of Unfinished Items in a Time Management System

      This article proposes a new capability allowing electronic time
management system users to identify and move unfinished items from
one time slot to another time slot on their calendar.  This method
also indicates which scheduled events were actually completed.

      When scheduling events in a time management system, such as a
calendar, we tend to include more items to cover in that time period
than can be accomplished.  For example, a salesperson may schedule 2
hours on Monday after noon and list 10 customers to be contacted
during that time period in a priority order.  It is possible that the
salesperson may not be able to contact all 10 customers during that
time period.  It is ideal for the salesperson to move the unfinished
calls to the next scheduled time period for customer contact.
Another example is moving all of the unfinished shopping items to the
next scheduled shopping period.  Here also the user wants to move the
unfinished items to the next time period without exactly specifying
each item.

      A user also wants to know if the scheduled items were
completed.  This will help the user know, for sure, at a later date
that the scheduled item on a previous date was completed.  This
capability allows the user to get status information of what s/he did
for a certain time period, and provides verification.

      The method proposed in this article allows the user to solve
these problems.  The events in a calendar are assigned with specific
Identification numbers.  Like items will have the same id.  For
example, recurring events such as customer calls will have the same
id.  Each item within a schedule event can have a sub-id.  Each item
and event is associated with a check-box.  This check box will
indicate that an event or item was completed as scheduled.

The following example will illustrate how this method can be
implemented:

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