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Progress % and "folders"

When we add some child task in a main task, we could have a Progress bar (optional).

I use the "projects" as "categories" like (work, home, shopping, others) and tasks in "work" for example, i use a main task for each work project and child tasks for each activity. So in my case, progress bar would fit very well to control my work projects.

The choice to "hide" the checkbox in some tasks (to behave like a folder) would be fine too.

uh, and sorry about my bad english =S

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David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 16, 2011 - 09:22

Hello Rael,

thank you for your suggestion.

As for hiding the checkbox - this option is already available. You can hide it by adding an asterisk * at the beginning of the task title.

Best regards,

Nico Bigatti
Replied on Jul 02, 2011 - 20:54

I think that the % feature is a must one !!

Sannikov Dmitry
Replied on Nov 17, 2011 - 04:16

Just add samthing like !d40% to text format that will be shown as progress bar for task.

Replied on Dec 01, 2011 - 03:18

Instead of a check button, one could have a progress bar for all tasks, which can be set individually (own assessment). If a task has a child, only they are given one and the progress of the parent tasks result from that of all child tasks.
That would be wonderful!

Gianluigi Rubino
Replied on Apr 17, 2012 - 00:16

I agree too per the % option, but for subtasks... it seems overkill, one should opt for a full feature project management tool (with Gantt charts, resources managements... just my opinion)

Replied on Jan 06, 2013 - 20:40

I disagree regarding folders, it will take away the whole idea of simplicity as it will introduce another method/level of organizing wheres the whole fun of TODOIST is the flexibility using only Projects, Tasks, Priority and Labels. If you want a folder just create a label like [FOLDER 1] and that's it :)

Jason Frasca premium
Replied on Jan 14, 2013 - 14:24

+1 Nico!

I love the idea of !d40% on each and every task.

I nice interface might be Highlighting the text of the task.

40% of the line above would highlight through about the word "be" or into "highlight".

If you are dealing with child tasks, then add up the percentages and apply it to the main task.

I am constantly in various stages of tasks. Start one, take a step back. Start another. go back to the first with fresh eyes and new perspective. Complete it and return to #2 to complete it. Repeat.

daniel bultas
Replied on Feb 04, 2013 - 09:18

I think this would be optional choice. Personaly I dont want progress bar on each project..

Lenka Vikova
Replied on Feb 22, 2013 - 06:42

I am voting more for ability to group projects to Folders or Categories to be more compliant with GTD methodology.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 22, 2013 - 07:05

Hello Lenka,

Thank you for your suggestion. For now, as a workaround, you could not only categorize your tasks in projects or sub-projects (on 3 indent levels), but also use task labels for contexts. For example, type @home or @work within a task's name and you'll be able to search for all tasks with this label.

Best regards,

Replied on Feb 22, 2013 - 08:02

David the problem that remains though is that tags are ordered based on popularity and not a-z (with symbols such as ! { @ placing it higher in the list, like in Evernote). The meaning of it is that at the moment when we want to search based on @home @work etc, we need to scroll down and look for it on the list.

I 've created a work around by creating a project for TAGS where I've made groups of tasks that only contain tags, as a link to the appropriate tags. That allowed me to manually order my tags in groups such as GTD / Contexts / Reference / Time Needed (view it here - http://tinyurl.com/bh7c57x).

However while this work on a normal browser, on the mobile app it's all a mess since tasks are not shown there in the same manner they are on desktop browser (the * symbol doesn't cancel the check box, they cannot be collapsed/expanded, etc).

Until these 2 feature happen (1. A-Z sorting of tags , 2. applying identical behavior for Todoist features on both browser and mobile apps) I'm afraid it is too difficult and cumbersome to use it for GTD or any large scale organization methods on the go (which is where we are all are nowadays, mobile).

Good luck

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 22, 2013 - 08:39


Thank you for your feedback. This solution can be used if you have a couple of popular tags and you know how they're named. Every label can be found just by typing @work (for example) within the search box so using a couple of contextual labels such as @home or @work doesn't require going to the full label list.

Best regards,

Replied on Feb 22, 2013 - 08:54

Cheers David,
That's true but also requires me to remember all my useful tags (and as you saw on the screen capture photo, I have all sorts) and therefor is only useful if we have a few of them.
The "mind like water" concept is that we trust a certain system to organize stuff for us so we will only need to execute our todos, and spend minimum time/effort on the actual system (this would be missing the point).

Anyhow I think I've passed on my thoughts on where I find Todoist not helping me to achieve greater control and productivity in various posts here in the forum/voteboxes/twitter.

I can only hope you will find it make sense to implement them :-)

Until the next major update, all the best,

Ezequiel Vacirca
Replied on Apr 06, 2013 - 20:42

Great idea Rael!

Michael Doyle
Replied on Apr 13, 2013 - 12:10

I'd make this optional for people to enable, but I am not on board with this. Perhaps there should be a Vote No button for those of us who don't want this feature. The Vote button should be changed to a Vote Yes.

Nick Kirsten premium
Replied on May 08, 2013 - 07:32

Having a progress status indicator related to every task is very important. There is no point in having a due date and not be able to see how far from complete you are for each task.

The major advantage is that people like me are having monthly reports and the bosses like to see the progress/completion status.

Paul Walker premium
Replied on May 09, 2013 - 08:56

I'd like to see subtasks within a task, and be able to set a percentage for each one as far as completion of the overall task goes.

Christopher Williamson premium
Replied on Jun 17, 2013 - 06:02

This sounds like an awesome feature - upvoting!

Michael Doyle
Replied on Jun 17, 2013 - 15:39

How about two progress bar features. One that shows the actual percentage of work left, and one that shows the percentage of time where you're at relative to the time you created or started the task (zero reference) and the time the task is due (unity or 1 reference). So if I started the task two days ago, and it's due in eight days, then 20% of my time is up, but 80% is left until the due date. I could be halfway done with completing the task, however.

It would be interesting to have the subtasks of a progress bar enabled task automatically fill in the actual percentage of work left on the parent task by rating the subtasks with difficulty levels, and when you complete a task that's difficulty level 0.3 (worth 30%), then your parent task progress bar increases by 30% once you complete that 0.3 level task. Or it could be done by a point system. So if there are ten subtasks, and each subtask has a difficulty point level of 1, then completing each task would increase the progress bar by 10%, because 1 or unity divided by ten tasks is 10%. I would definitely have some sort of gantt chart integrated with the calendar view. Perhaps then I would vote for both of these suggestions (including the calendar one that's being developed).

Dmitriy premium
Replied on Jul 12, 2013 - 13:31

% and other gamification tricks will be awesome

Karoshi Mike premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2013 - 15:24

These are the two items I would kill for, sorta :)

Kelly Smith premium
Replied on Aug 15, 2013 - 11:10

It would be great for metrics to be able to exclude labels from the productivity report.

Sveram premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 06:53

Please do not turn my life into a metrics report.

Renato premium
Replied on Oct 04, 2013 - 15:35

Uma ótima feature!!

Lise premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 19:07

I assume you mean the parent task has a progress bar for completion as the subtasks are checked off?
I like that.
If the features requested for entering estimated times for a task and for task time tracking are implemented, then the bar or % indicator could be on every task, related to completion of estimated time (then if it runs over in time, you'd start counting up from 100, or the bar would turn red?)


Kerti Alev premium
Replied on Dec 16, 2013 - 15:30

Really looking for something like this! For the ones who need it, it would be a great tool to analyze work, tasks or projects.

Replied on Jan 21, 2014 - 21:50

I think that a simple progress bar would be a great ideas for subtasks. For example, if I have a task with 4 subtasks and I complete half, it would be nice to have half of the background of the task or maybe the text shaded. I might be able to make a grease monkey extension for this—will update soon.

mina.armanini premium
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 17:46

I wouldn't necessarily want a progress bar for some tasks. I'd love having a progress bar option, as well as an "In Progress" option. The difference, for me, is psychological--I don't necessarily want to have progress bars on certain tasks that are day or two long projects, but if I'm sharing this with my boss, I want to show that I'm working on it.

Replied on Jan 24, 2014 - 13:33

progress with %. I really need it!

Corinna premium
Replied on Jan 25, 2014 - 16:01

Workaround I used:
Create labels for each progress range, e.g.:
Red - 0-25%
Orange - 26-50%
Light green - 51-75%
Green - >75% (since completion means a tick in the box)

Change labels as you progress.

Dom Weldon premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2014 - 12:14

Definitely would benefit from an optional progress bar!

amanda olive premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 14:52

mmmm i definitely would love a progress bar on certain projects, but not all. especially for the ones with looming deadlines.

Wolf Lawrence
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 20:57

we need to separate this issue into two aka drop 'folders' from 'percentage bar' to get traction on each item on their own merit vs confuse these cases. i vote for one not both.

we use gques, but development is slow, users asking for features for over 2-3 years, and there is no voting system to prioritize them and cameron is the solo support/coder etc.

two key needs forcing me to find new solution: a) task priority b) percentage complete bar

among 6 total items to remedy, these are key, still i want to keep a fun lite feel of the app to keep myself and the others using it; optional features are excellent.

Marcus Morais premium
Replied on Feb 24, 2014 - 13:29

Great, Corinna!

Replied on Mar 09, 2014 - 17:34

+ 1 vote.

Miha G premium
Replied on Mar 18, 2014 - 09:23

I agree with those who support the present simple layout of todoist. This is one of its important advantages. If more complex structure is eventually introduced, it should only be an option ("activated and used" by those who need more complexity).

francis.casenave premium
Replied on Mar 23, 2014 - 05:42


Waldir Leôncio
Replied on Mar 25, 2014 - 18:58

I vote this idea up but not for the ability to manually set the completion percentage of a task. When I had a Palm Pilot, there was a project manager which did what I would like Todoist to do.

Imagine the following task structure

- *Task 1
- Subtask 1.1
- Subtask 1.2
- *Task 2
- Subtask 2.1
- Subtask 2.2
- Subtask 2.3
- Subtask 2.4

Now since you've preceded Task 1 and 2 with an asterisk, they won't have checkboxes. Instead, they should have automatically-filling progress bars. Task 1's bar would fill to 50 percentage points for each subtask completed, whereas Task 2's bar would will up 25 points for each subtask completed.

Linda Healey premium
Replied on Mar 29, 2014 - 00:35

I for one would love to see a status option that people can use if they want to... I used the outlook status for all my tasks, especially the "waiting on someone else" status...please include something like this, with the amount of people and I work for and contractors etc, I can't be moving my tasks all over the place into folders etc as I have them already in specific projects based on the people the task is for.

Jesus Martin Gonzalez premium
Replied on Apr 02, 2014 - 06:15

I need this! :-)

Douglas McCormac premium
Replied on Apr 04, 2014 - 05:07

Would love to see a progress feature, got my vote! :-) (+1)

Bruce Lybbert
Replied on Apr 08, 2014 - 19:33

Progress Bar would be a plus for me.

Brandon Walowitz premium
Replied on Apr 13, 2014 - 00:29

What is !d40% ?

Thomas Stumpp premium
Replied on Apr 15, 2014 - 07:55

Take a look at mindomo.com, the progress completion feature has a great user experience
- Completion % can be auto-calculated for top nodes in the task hierarchy
- % completion can be manually enhance, or BETTER, by click-advancing the completion icon (is a mini pie chart). One click 10%, second click +20%, etc.etc. Quick maintenance!