10.4.3 Sorting agenda items
Before being inserted into a view, the items are sorted. How this is
done depends on the type of view.
- For the daily/weekly agenda, the items for each day are sorted. The
default order is to first collect all items containing an explicit
time-of-day specification. These entries will be shown at the beginning
of the list, as a schedule for the day. After that, items remain
grouped in categories, in the sequence given by
Within each category, items are sorted by priority (see Priorities),
which is composed of the base priority (2000 for priority ‘A’, 1000
for ‘B’, and 0 for ‘C’), plus additional increments for
overdue scheduled or deadline items.
- For the TODO list, items remain in the order of categories, but within
each category, sorting takes place according to priority
(see Priorities). The priority used for sorting derives from the
priority cookie, with additions depending on how close an item is to its due
or scheduled date.
- For tags matches, items are not sorted at all, but just appear in the
sequence in which they are found in the agenda files.
Sorting can be customized using the variable
org-agenda-sorting-strategy, and may also include criteria based on
the estimated effort of an entry (see Effort estimates).