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Task duration


It's a real pity that you didn't set the task duration function in your new release! We are asking for it for a long time... Even if you app is nicer, I prefer to use Doit.im because it allows to assign a duration to a task....
Best regards

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David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 11:58

Hello Michel,

We're sorry to hear that. We'll consider adding this feature in future updates.

Best regards,

Michel Olivès premium
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 12:02

Thanks David for your quick answer :) Hope next release will include this feature :)))
Best regards

Replied on Jan 25, 2014 - 11:45

Yes please SERIOUSLY consider doing this; the whole point of an app like Todoist is to EASE mental burdens by automating things and reducing redundancy in app use; if we have to make little notes to ourselves to check if such and such is still repeating and if so to delete it from repeating and so on, well then we may as well use GCal for repeating, as has been mentioned before. And then the stress starts because what should be handled in one app now needs two. If you want to see an EXCELLENT implementation of this particular feature set I highly recommend you folks start a Nirvana user account and see how they do it with start, end, due, durations, etc., all done with easy to understand logic ...

Barry Silver premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2014 - 15:24

Ditto that!

Daniel Cederberg premium
Replied on May 10, 2014 - 16:43

Here here

Asif Mehedi
Replied on Jul 03, 2014 - 20:45

+1 for the suggestion. Looking forward to the next release that has this feature.

William Nutt premium
Replied on Jul 13, 2014 - 20:31

I would GREATLY appreciate this feature. Thanks for your consideration!

Laurent Duchastel premium
Replied on Jul 15, 2014 - 22:57

Really really needed. I don't use todoist as much as i would like because there is no way to plan and organize tasks based on their duration. I tried to duration as labels, but it is clumsy, at best.

Trish Putnam premium
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 11:32

I ,too, really need this feature to be able to fully use Todoist.

Michel Olivès premium
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 16:50

YES! I think it was more urgent as a feature than notifications based on location ....

Laurent Duchastel premium
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 17:29

Duration on each task would allow:

- Sort by duration / context, such as: "Show me all tasks I could do in the next hour at my desk" and focus on them.

- Better evaluate tasks and their prioritization by breaking-off in subtasks for better planning (ex: instead of a quite bold and single "Do marketing plan" that I have no really idea how much it would take, I could break-off with "List all products from competitors from websites = 2 hours" + "Write first draft for mission statement = 45 minutes" + "Send email with draf to colleagues = 10 minutes" + etc + etc.. and then realize that my single task would take 70 hours final, and setting it due for next week is unrealistic unless I reschedule other tasks.

- Evaluate if my "daily tasks" are too much to handle in a single day (ex: if Todoist shows that my 12 tasks due for today add to 16 hours in a regular 8 hours schedule, I might have a problem !).

- Better evaluate if my due dates are realistic based on other existing tasks (ex: such as Todoist prompting me "Hey guy, you want to set this task for this Friday, but there is no way you could do that taking into account duration of other tasks due before that!")

- Better scoring for Karma (does completing 5 x 2 minutes is really greater then 1 x 2 hours ?)

Todo lists are great, but I always end with great auto-induce deception and guilt because I have too many incomplete tasks for which I have difficulties to evaluate their duration. I end up postponing continuously the same big tasks "Do accounting" or "Paint the bedroom" with a feeling of being poorly organized and productive. On the other hand, breaking off tasks in sub-tasks WITHOUT duration (as it is now) end up with literally hundreds of tasks for which incorrectly set due date or or only sheer number push me into a false logic of emergency and lateness that invite me to do as much as short trivial tasks before real important ones just for the sake of shortening my pressuring, ever-ending todo list. Paradox: more I todolist, more I become unorganized and unprioritized.

Of course, task duration + task dependency would be really the best combination !!!

If so, setting due date of main task + evaluating duration of subtasks + establishing dependency with each on would help me to really prioritize what's more important to do

Asif Mehedi
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 18:01

I simply put the estimated number of hours in parenthesis after the task description. I find this system adequate for my planning and execution purposes. I do this only for tasks that will likely take more than 30 minutes.

For example:

Read papers on experiment design (3 hr)
Review draft paper (45 min)

Michel Olivès premium
Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 05:19

I buy everything written by Laurent Duchastel. I will add another one: connexion with your calendar; it will be very useful to see on your calendar all the tasks you have scheduled with their exact duration before making any appointment. Using task description doesn't allow that.

Daniel Cederberg premium
Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 06:00

To paraphrase David Allen (GTD Creator), that we have to ask ourselves if we are fresh or are we toast.

And that is the second limitor (Energy) after context of location ex. @Home @Office.

And he aslo says that if we have the energy of 5 minutes we should do a 5 minute thing. And to do that we need to know the expected time duration of tasks, or at least have the option to use it.

Markus Milde premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2014 - 16:04

Laurent and Michel point out the key facts perfectly.
Todoist makes planning and keeping track a lot easier - -thats for sure. But I still hope to find the little extra that makes it more professional or maybe adult.
Planning daily tasks or replanning them would be much more efficient.
Right now I help myself with labels. Especially the 1min label helps to identify things to do now and in a row. "Do them before you write them down" you might say. And you are right, but there are days where I am on the road and can proceed to do the tasks when I am back at office or at home. ;-)
Really hope to receive that feature.

Michel Olivès premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2014 - 16:15

I do like Todoist, but that matter of task duration is to me a serious negative point.
Yesterday I was invited to use the Magneto calendar: www.magneto.me
They are still in beta version, but they offer that feature allowing you to add a duration to a task as to any event.
"Smart to-dos integrated with your calendar so you can find the time to do your to-dos."
Not tested yet, but it seems pretty neat :)

Trish Putnam premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2014 - 22:53

I'm also evaluating magneto.me for the same reason. It's not ideal - I really do like much of what I see with Todoist and I *do* appreciate the effort to stay with the vision of a clean and crisp interface, but there are some elements seriously missing for me. Task duration (the concept of a start time as well as an end time) is one of the biggies for me.

Vincenzo Vecchio premium
Replied on Jul 23, 2014 - 01:17

Yes, please!
Duration would really allow to organize your day!!!

Alejandro premium
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 10:40

I agree !

Laura H premium
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 10:56

+1 for time estimating features as well!

For those of you looking for this feature, there IS a possible 3rd party solution.

Beda wrote this brilliant little Grease Monkey script. Simply enter the estimated time a task will take in brackets, [1] = 1hr, [.5] = 1/2 hr, etc. The script will total up the number in brackets and display it beautifully in the header.

I've been using it for several months now flawlessly on my Mac with Chrome.
If you use Windows - unfortunately, Chrome recently made some changes to it's Windows interface that do not allow this script to work (and I haven't yet found a work around.) If you use Windows, try the FireFox version of the script.

The script is a work around, and it only works in the web version (does not transfer to mobile versions) but even that has been a big help in meeting my needs around estimating time for the day. Helps make sure I don't schedule 37 hours of work in my day then wonder how come I failed to make a dent in my list!

Todoist folks: I highly recommend taking a look at how Beda did this script. It's clean, does not interfere with the simple, easy to use look of Todoist, and the simple data entry is right in line with the great way you guys do labels (I love just entering text in the box and not having to deal with fiddly clicking around to label or tag something.) If Todoist implemented this as native functionality I would be thrilled.

Laurent Duchastel premium
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 11:04

Laura, this looks great ! Unfortunately, I am on Windows, but Mac screenshot shows an elegant and easy solution.

Nate Ritchie premium
Replied on Aug 14, 2014 - 13:23

Yes please please add task duration!

William Duckworth premium
Replied on Aug 14, 2014 - 15:07

Yeah task duration would be really helpful!

Andy Steer premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2014 - 03:38

I would also very much like to see this feature implemented. When combined with the ical feed it would make the perfect solution.

Vadim Zee premium
Replied on Aug 22, 2014 - 12:20

I desperately need this! Almost ready to go back to Nozbe!

Dilan premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2014 - 12:03

Any updates on when we can see this feature?

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 24, 2014 - 12:51

Hello Dilan,

Unfortunately not right now, but as soon as we have any news, we'll let you know :-)


José Benitez premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 03:56

Lara, great suggestion.

The script is awesome and simplify a lot the plan operations.

And it's easy to modify as well, I prefer to use the Chrome extension of TD :-)

Thx again.


Thomas Jensen premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 04:11

+1 (+1)

Pascal Zweipfenning premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 04:41

Yes please. I try to use labels for this but this means you need to create a new filter each time.

Anne Ward premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 15:28

If cost is a hurdle, perhaps you can consider adding this type of feature as a paid add on?