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How are tasks ordered in the Today view?

This is for all platforms, really...

How are the tasks ordered in the Today view? My tasks have no priorities or times assigned.

How do repeating dates affect their order?

I do my tasks in project groups (i.e. I spend time on all tasks due today in project 1, then move to project 2, etc.). I'd like to see my tasks arranged according to their parent project on the day they're due. So, in my today view, I should see:

Task 1 (project 1)
Task 2 (project 1)
Task 3 (project 1)
Task 1 (project 2)
Task 2 (project 2)
Task 3 (project 2)

etc.

Right now, my tasks are in no identifiable order. And if I add or edit anything at any point, everything gets rearranged to a random mess.

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 21:57

Hi David,

Which browser are you using, or app when you re-arrange the Today view? To be clear, there are no times set, and no priorities set at all?

Do any of them have labels attached, are some or all have notes?

Regards,
Brendon.

David Negron premium
Replied on Mar 25, 2014 - 12:35

I was using the Mac OS app, Chrome, Safari, and iPhone. There are no times set (but there are many recurring dates), no priorities set at all. Some do have @labels and some have notes.

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 25, 2014 - 14:44

Hello David,

The sorting parameters in date-based views are:
- date
- time
- priority
- day_order
- default project group

In that order. If you add a group of new tasks to a blank account all with the same date and never move any task on a date-based view at all, then they will be grouped by project. If you ever move even one task, then the "day_order" which is a custom variable used to maintain custom task order will be used with higher priority than the default project group.

That said, did you ever move a task on a date-based view and put it outside of its project group since you've created your Todoist account? If yes, then this custom order will overwrite the default sorting by project.

In general, project is the least relevant property on date-based views. You can view tasks within a certain project and they will always maintain their order within it.


Best regards,
David

David Negron premium
Replied on Mar 25, 2014 - 15:12

Ok.

Am I correct in noticing that tasks on the date-based views are listed then on a last-added-first basis (the most recent additions to my to-do list show up at the top?

I like to set up my day, like most people, and then just go down the list. It takes a lot of the what-am-I-going-to-do-next anxiety out of the picture. Your daily digest email is perfect, I just want my Todoist app to match!

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 25, 2014 - 17:59

David,

Yes, if all other criteria is equal, then the ID of the item would play a role which is incremental.

If all you want is to set up a "what's next" system and, as you've mentioned earlier, you're not using times or priorities, then the best solution for you would be to simply drag & drop these tasks in the order you prefer and this will affect their "day_order" value (and therefore keep them in this order).

Alternative solutions would be to actually use a due time which will give them a fixed order by time, the primary factor for each day or use priorities on some tasks, maybe the next 3 (p1, p2, p3).


Best regards,
David

Hugo de Bruin premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 07:26

I also have trouble with the order of tasks. When I rearrange them to group projects, TodoIst messes the ordering up after a few hours. I suspect it just deletes custom order and replaces it with the order in which I added the tasks (which is irrelevant to me).
Do you have a solution for this?

PS I only have few recurring tasks and little high prioritized tasks
I use an up to dat Firefox browser on PC

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 07:32

Hello Hugo,

Unfortunately, we're unsure why this would happen and we can't reproduce this. Are you using Todoist exclusively on the web or did you ever use it on mobile? Todoist is not programmed to reset or delete the day_order, but if there's a sync issue (between platforms), it could affect it.


Best regards,
David

Hugo de Bruin premium
Replied on Mar 27, 2014 - 04:10

Hi David,

I use it primarily on the web, but do have apps on iPad and iPhone.
The iPhone app had sync issues earlier this week (old tasks still open), but I havent used it since Monday.
I just sorted my tasks for today and will update you when they rearrange.

KR HUgo

Hugo de Bruin premium
Replied on Mar 28, 2014 - 06:09

David,

Yesterday evening all was reshuffeld...
Please help.

KR Hugo

PS I can send you screen shots if usefull, but I think the picture is pretty clear
PS2 Yesterday evening I logged in from another computer, but also web Firefox

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 28, 2014 - 07:57

Hugo,

We must be able to trigger this issue at least one to be able to fix it :-( Are you moving tasks between priority groups? Do these tasks have times? Only in these both cases, the custom order would not be preserved. If you know a way to reliably recreate this issue, please let us know.


Best regards,
David

Hugo de Bruin premium
Replied on Mar 28, 2014 - 08:43

David,

I understand.
I'm not moving between priorities (only scarcely using top prio for some tasks). All tasks have no time set.
My diagnosis: It looks like it reorders automatically to data/time-added after 10-20 hours
But I do know a reliable way to recreate it: if I sort them, the order will disappear within a day! I'll let you know when I re-sort them so you can monitor, but have to complete a task right now ;-)

Hugo