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Demo of my custom Org block agenda

Raw link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqtBXrzXPgQ

This video a demonstration of how to make use of the user option org-agenda-custom-commands to produce bespoke agenda views that only include the information one needs. It makes Org agenda buffers even more powerful, esepcially if one wishes to have a consistent presentation with specific types of content.

The configurations one may include are the same as those of the standard agenda. One can keep a default value for each of those variables but otherwise override it for the custom view[s]. A comprehensive list is available in my dotemacs, specifically the section on Org mode (you may want to just clone my dotfiles’ repo instead of viewing the corresponding webpage–the link to it is towards the top of the dotemacs page).

Below I include the code I am currently using and was presented in the video (note that this is valid as of 2021-12-09 14:36 +0200, but I may change it afterwards):

;; This is the expanded view of my code (which is further below):
(setq org-agenda-custom-commands
      `(("A" "Daily agenda and top priority tasks"
         ((tags-todo "*"
                     ((org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-if nil '(timestamp)))
                      (org-agenda-skip-function
                       `(org-agenda-skip-entry-if
                         'notregexp ,(format "\\[#%s\\]" (char-to-string org-priority-highest))))
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "Important tasks without a date\n")))
          (agenda "" ((org-agenda-span 1)
                      (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-scheduled-past-days 0)
                      ;; We don't need the `org-agenda-date-today'
                      ;; highlight because that only has a practical
                      ;; utility in multi-day views.
                      (org-agenda-day-face-function (lambda (date) 'org-agenda-date))
                      (org-agenda-format-date "%A %-e %B %Y")
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nToday's agenda\n")))
          (agenda "" ((org-agenda-start-on-weekday nil)
                      (org-agenda-start-day "+1d")
                      (org-agenda-span 3)
                      (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'todo 'done))
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nNext three days\n")))
          (agenda "" ((org-agenda-time-grid nil)
                      (org-agenda-start-on-weekday nil)
                      ;; We don't want to replicate the previous section's
                      ;; three days, so we start counting from the day after.
                      (org-agenda-start-day "+4d")
                      (org-agenda-span 14)
                      (org-agenda-show-all-dates nil)
                      (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-agenda-entry-types '(:deadline))
                      (org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'todo 'done))
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nUpcoming deadlines (+14d)\n")))))
        ("P" "Plain text daily agenda and top priorities"
         ((tags-todo "*"
                     ((org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-if nil '(timestamp)))
                      (org-agenda-skip-function
                       `(org-agenda-skip-entry-if
                         'notregexp ,(format "\\[#%s\\]" (char-to-string org-priority-highest))))
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "Important tasks without a date\n")))
          (agenda "" ((org-agenda-span 1)
                      (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-scheduled-past-days 0)
                      ;; We don't need the `org-agenda-date-today'
                      ;; highlight because that only has a practical
                      ;; utility in multi-day views.
                      (org-agenda-day-face-function (lambda (date) 'org-agenda-date))
                      (org-agenda-format-date "%A %-e %B %Y")
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nToday's agenda\n")))
          (agenda "" ((org-agenda-start-on-weekday nil)
                      (org-agenda-start-day "+1d")
                      (org-agenda-span 3)
                      (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'todo 'done))
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nNext three days\n")))
          (agenda "" ((org-agenda-time-grid nil)
                      (org-agenda-start-on-weekday nil)
                      ;; We don't want to replicate the previous section's
                      ;; three days, so we start counting from the day after.
                      (org-agenda-start-day "+4d")
                      (org-agenda-span 14)
                      (org-agenda-show-all-dates nil)
                      (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                      (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                      (org-agenda-entry-types '(:deadline))
                      (org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'todo 'done))
                      (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nUpcoming deadlines (+14d)\n"))))
         ((org-agenda-with-colors nil)
          (org-agenda-prefix-format "%t %s")
          (org-agenda-current-time-string ,(car (last org-agenda-time-grid)))
          (org-agenda-fontify-priorities nil)
          (org-agenda-remove-tags t))
         ("agenda.txt"))))



;; And this is what I actually use.  The `defvar' is stored in my
;; prot-org.el file.  In the video I explain why I use this style.

(defvar prot-org-custom-daily-agenda
  ;; NOTE 2021-12-08: Specifying a match like the following does not
  ;; work.
  ;;
  ;; tags-todo "+PRIORITY=\"A\""
  ;;
  ;; So we match everything and then skip entries with
  ;; `org-agenda-skip-function'.
  `((tags-todo "*"
               ((org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-if nil '(timestamp)))
                (org-agenda-skip-function
                 `(org-agenda-skip-entry-if
                   'notregexp ,(format "\\[#%s\\]" (char-to-string org-priority-highest))))
                (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                (org-agenda-overriding-header "Important tasks without a date\n")))
    (agenda "" ((org-agenda-span 1)
                (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                (org-scheduled-past-days 0)
                ;; We don't need the `org-agenda-date-today'
                ;; highlight because that only has a practical
                ;; utility in multi-day views.
                (org-agenda-day-face-function (lambda (date) 'org-agenda-date))
                (org-agenda-format-date "%A %-e %B %Y")
                (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nToday's agenda\n")))
    (agenda "" ((org-agenda-start-on-weekday nil)
                (org-agenda-start-day "+1d")
                (org-agenda-span 3)
                (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                (org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'todo 'done))
                (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nNext three days\n")))
    (agenda "" ((org-agenda-time-grid nil)
                (org-agenda-start-on-weekday nil)
                ;; We don't want to replicate the previous section's
                ;; three days, so we start counting from the day after.
                (org-agenda-start-day "+4d")
                (org-agenda-span 14)
                (org-agenda-show-all-dates nil)
                (org-deadline-warning-days 0)
                (org-agenda-block-separator nil)
                (org-agenda-entry-types '(:deadline))
                (org-agenda-skip-function '(org-agenda-skip-entry-if 'todo 'done))
                (org-agenda-overriding-header "\nUpcoming deadlines (+14d)\n"))))
  "Custom agenda for use in `org-agenda-custom-commands'.")

(setq org-agenda-custom-commands
      `(("A" "Daily agenda and top priority tasks"
         ,prot-org-custom-daily-agenda)
        ("P" "Plain text daily agenda and top priorities"
         ,prot-org-custom-daily-agenda
         ((org-agenda-with-colors nil)
          (org-agenda-prefix-format "%t %s")
          (org-agenda-current-time-string ,(car (last org-agenda-time-grid)))
          (org-agenda-fontify-priorities nil)
          (org-agenda-remove-tags t))
         ("agenda.txt"))))