When talking about multiple assignments, what's a good way to describe the next task that is due? For example, say I sort a list of assignments in the order they are due. How can I describe the task on the top of the list?

"The task with the closest due date." ?
"The task with the next due date." ?
"The next task due." ?

The tasks aren't necessarily related to each other; that is why I'm not sure if the last option will work.


These are distinct notions relating to scheduling, requiring appropriate words:

Order/Sequence: next

Closeness in time: closest

Importance: most /important/critical/demanding/

Thus, both:

"Our next task is the ..."

"Our most time-critical task is the ..."

Exploring the Internet: A Technical Travelogue - Page 32 Carl Malamud - 1992 - ‎Full view

Getting the cables up was the most time-critical task, but plenty of work still remained. Cables had to be connected to equipment racks, connectors tested, the backbone had to be tested, vendors had a million questions, the Internet link ...


Financial Applications using Excel Add-in Development in C ... Steve Dalton - 2007 -

If moved to the end, the next task in the list is always the next to be processed. If a modified task were left in its previous position, the algorithm to pick the next task would have to start looking at the top of the list every time, just in case a task ...


The Rise to Power of the Chinese Communist Party: ... - Page 596 Tony Saich, ‎Benjamin Yang - 1995

... be consolidated with Lianchen and Changting. Also, we should link these areas with Ninghua and Qingliu and move in the direction of Yongan. This is the most urgent task in our plan to consolidate west Fujian and to develop north Fujian.


Project Monitor To Do List Excel and Word Spreadsheet ...

Apr 9, 2014 - Therefore instead of caring about the future tasks, it is recommended to take serious notes about the next due task in the project and evaluating the instant outcome to see whether the orientation is right or not.

  • Thanks! So do you think "the task with the closest due date" is the best way to say this? When you say "next" is for order/sequence, does that work for events too? For example, what about when you're watching TV and they say something "coming up next is The Voice", etc. ? – Kristen Fiocco Apr 10 '15 at 12:47
  • Updated. Google Books is your friend for testing patterns :-) – Marius Hancu Apr 10 '15 at 13:04
  • Excellent, thank you very much. "Next task in the list..." is what I was looking for I think. That one will work for me. – Kristen Fiocco Apr 10 '15 at 13:19

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