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Hi there -

In web version and iOS you can you sort by project? For instance, when I'm looking at my "Today" view I can have several different project types and multiples of each to handle for the day but they're not sorted by project. Maybe grouping is a better word, it's not grouping them by project type. Is there a way to do this?

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jan 30, 2014 - 18:32 UTC

Hi Melissa,

The Today view and date based views are not able to sort by project, they are automatically sorted by due date then priority.

That way, you know exactly what needs to be done for Today. Of course you can manually sort each project how you'd like.

Regards,
Brendon.

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Melissa
Replied on Jan 31, 2014 - 18:06 UTC

I would like to strongly suggest that you change this. Your logic above doesn't make sense - in the Today view, that is the date sort, those items are in Today because they're due today. Once in that view, all of your "projects" should group together. For instance I have 5 items with a due date of today. Therefore, they are in the "Today" view. In that view I have 3 items that are project "to-do" and 2 items that are project "correspondence". They are arranged like this: to-do, correspondence, correspondence, to-do, to-do. I think that is silly. Why don't the projects group together?
I really hope you can take this suggestion and make a change with it, that way it would be in line with the functionality of other similar task applications.
Thanks!

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nettiodesigns
Replied on Feb 03, 2014 - 16:07 UTC

I have to agree with Melissa on this one. I am new to Todoist and I find this behavior in the Today list bizarre. Not only do the tasks set to today not show up by project but the order of them seems to be random and not even consistent across apps.

For example I have both Morning Routine and After Lunch routine projects that repeat daily and my today tasks list on the iPad currently looks like this: After Lunch, After Lunch, Work, Home, After Lunch, Errand, Morning, Work, Morning, After Lunch. Not only does this make NO sense but the order on the Mac app isn't even the same. On there it has After Lunch, Morning, After Lunch, Work, Morning, etc. What's especially frustrating is that the order of the repeating tasks don't seem to follow the order of the tasks in the project itself and again aren't consistent across apps, so Eat Breakfast will be before Make Bed on one but after Make Bed on another. I find it hard to believe that's really how it's intended to work since having to reorder the same tasks everyday seems to largely ignore the point of making projects in the first place.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 03, 2014 - 17:36 UTC

Hello,

Please tell me - do any of these tasks contain a due time or a priority?


Best regards,
David

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Melissa
Replied on Feb 03, 2014 - 17:48 UTC

None of them have a due time or a priority, just obviously due date of today.

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nettiodesigns
Replied on Feb 03, 2014 - 18:12 UTC

Same here, none of the tasks include priority or due time, just due date of today.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 03, 2014 - 22:32 UTC

Thank you for your reports, we'll look into it.


Best regards,
David

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Jeff Eilertsen premium
Replied on Aug 18, 2014 - 15:18 UTC

Did this ever get changed? Still does not sort by project within Today's task list.

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 18, 2014 - 15:55 UTC

Hello Jeff,

So far, sorting on the today or other date-based view has now been changed.


Regards,
David

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Joe Waln
Replied on Oct 06, 2014 - 14:18 UTC

I think you meant "...not been changed."
I would also like to be able to sort by project within the Today view.

Thanks,
Joe

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Seren Cohen
Replied on Nov 28, 2014 - 17:05 UTC

Please add sort project feature in the Home List page one left side of screen, as well as sort by project within Today and Inbox. Feature needs options that allow sorting by alpha, project, label, due date, priority and manually. Thank you.

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Scott Zimmerman premium
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 14:15 UTC

I agree with the above. I would like to rank my projects in order of importance, then sort by Priority, then by due time, then by project so all my "more important" tasks (Sales follow-ups) automatically float to the top.

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Seren Cohen
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 14:32 UTC

Thanks, Peter. I understand the feature has been requested. Have a good day.

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Laura H
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 17:26 UTC

I also 100% agree with the comments here. I would like to be able to group my lists by project. (Or to group my lists by label.)

Also frustrated by the fact that recurring tasks appear in my Today list in random order. As nettiodesigns says - having routine tasks appear so randomly is quite frustrating.

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Hansjürg premium
Replied on Feb 01, 2015 - 04:15 UTC

Has there been any progress on this?
It is really ugly to have a project list all jumbled up.
How am I supposed to find the project I want to add an action to in a non-sortable list?

Luis G. Batista premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 14:24 UTC

Please!!! Add sort Ascending and Descending to the Projects

Jean-Michel Rigo premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 23:19 UTC

On the other hand, the manual sorting works perfectly... I begin most of the time my day by sorting the tasks in the order I intend to do them that day. This is reflected in all platforms ! And works compared to other task programs...

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Hansjürg premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2015 - 18:21 UTC

Hello Jean-Michel
Just wondering: How many projects do you have to manage.
I follow GTD where every outcome that requires more than one physical action is a project. I have about 85.
The problem with manual sorting is that the list does not scroll beyond what is visible on the screen - on my Mac it is 17 projects. Moving a project from top to bottom requires me to move the very same project at least 5 times. Move to the bottom of the screen. Scroll the entire page down. Move the project down again. Scroll again ... again. And again ...
If you follow GTD you do not add due dates to next actions unless it is a really hard date. No "I hope to get to this" or "It would be nice to have this done by ..."
So you do not have too many actions that have dates - and so the artificial project sorting is more a hindrance than a help.
Just my 2 cents.

Jean-Michel Rigo premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2015 - 20:54 UTC

Dear Hansjürg,

I actually have about 130 projects to manage. But given my busy schedule, I can only plan around 10 tasks a day (the best days when my schedule allows it, it can grow up to 20). I put dates on my tasks within projects and not on projects themselves. And as you mention, no due dates if they are not hard date.
I classify the actions with tags as "urgent", "short_term", "mid_term", etc. for the ones which have no hard dates, and once a week I plan them for the week after (and/or change their tags). So that I remain with a "managable" number of tasks for a given week. And then I spend a few minutes per day in sorting them manually for the day after.

I hope it helps.

Rachael premium
Replied on Feb 17, 2015 - 15:44 UTC

PLEASE add sort by projects in the TODAY view. I have to manually do this every single day and then do it again every time an item gets added. It's mad making. I have no specific time added to the tasks, just the date. Some have priorities, but there is absolutely no grouping by project. There really needs to be. It's not logical to scan my to dos for the day all jumbled up. It's quite arbitrary when a task "gets added" so there is no logical reason to have the TODAY view sorted this way. Thanks.

Pam Willars premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 12:59 UTC

I need to be able to sort by Project within the Today view as well. Priorities flex frequently for me. Also, I have to track billable time by Project so I work on one at a time to track it better. Having to manually group them within the Today view takes productive time away, and I might as well go back to writing them down daily.