Ok... I'm probably not going to see any answers within the next week or so, because I'll be on vacation... which is part of the reason for the question...
The 'due date on the calendar on the day due, NAs on lists to do as available' idea for how to categorize things leaves me without any obvious way to try to plan ahead for longer term goals.
For example, the deadline to register for the Spring 2006 semester is Jan 10th. Ok, that's a project in itself, so on the calendar it goes, on 10 Jan 2006.
How the *@&$^ do I see that in my Oct, Nov, Dec weekly reviews so that I can generate reasonable NAs early enough to be useful? I'd love to try and avoid the 'analyze, decide and register THIS WEEK, you fool!' effect.
(Right now, I'm primarily using a Palm with DateBk5, if that helps with tailored suggestions. :-/ )