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Add a "delegated" or "waiting for reply" or "in process" option instead of just a done tick


often a task is delegated, or you are just waiting for a reply. You dont want to tick the task because you want to be able to chase it up if nothing happens. So the option to tick something that shows the action is waiting for someone or soemthing would be very useful

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Jakub Tesárek
Replied on Dec 29, 2011 - 10:57

agree. This is the only thing that is missing to todois become full compatible with GTD. I can make project for "inbox" but not for "waiting", "delegated" and "maybe".

Michael Adams
Replied on Feb 13, 2012 - 14:47

Wish I could vote twice for this one!

CWLIU premium
Replied on Apr 09, 2012 - 16:33

agree !

Janet Pieterse
Replied on May 18, 2012 - 05:25

This would also be good for tasks that run over a period of time. Not everything I have can be done in a day, or sometimes even in a week.

Replied on Jun 17, 2012 - 22:09

Oh yes, please let us have this. I use todoist for work and this will be very very useful.

Cliff Donaldson premium
Replied on Jul 05, 2012 - 15:17

I create tags for tasks that are on "hold" or "waiting" etc. and apply them as needed. Works for me.

Paweł Motyl premium
Replied on Jul 19, 2012 - 02:17

I would just propose "in progress" instead of "in process"

David Kent
Replied on Aug 13, 2012 - 22:11

I think this would be a great addition. I think assigning one of these "statuses" with our own choice of a highlighted color on the tasks would be INCREDIBLY useful, similar to how we can assign priority to a task and change the font color and also be able to search by the different status level as well.

Speaking of statuses, what is the status on these top voted suggestions here in the votebox? It looks like this requested 10 months ago and I am not seeing a reply from any staff in here.

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 14, 2012 - 00:51

Hello David,

many of these features are being either developed as we speak or considered for the future development. Even though we haven't replied in this thread yet, the whole Votebox is constantly being monitored by the developers, we read every reply and try to find the best solution in each case.

If you click on the "Completed' link in the Votebox, you'll see that the most voted features have been implemented quite recently and of course we will continue adding many other useful features in the future. Our current top priority are of course the new native mobile apps.

Best regards,

Replied on Aug 15, 2012 - 22:18

Brilliant idea, would love to have option to choose statuses like:

Not started
Waiting for reply
In progress

(+ my custom ones)

would love them to show up by the tick or gear wheel, and have option to set different colours to each status

please just add this option and our company (8 people) will move to use todoist!

ps. this option can be in premium only, fine by me

Shiri Dori-Hacohen
Replied on Nov 20, 2012 - 13:23

Just my 2 cents, but I use the labels (@) for this purpose to "comply" with GTD. @waiting-for and @xxx-delegated (delegated to person xxx).

Replied on Dec 24, 2012 - 09:34

Actually,the requestment of "delegated" or "waiting for reply" or "in process" belong to "in prograss".
The key piont is how handle this operation? I suggest add 3 button:"waiting 1 day";"waiting 2 days";"waiting more days".that is,the same task will appear again after 1day,2days or more days .however the deadline date is not changed.
I still don't find how to set the start day of task.this is a extention usage of change the start day.if the calendar view is added in todoist, we can see the duration of task visually.
Here I must emphasize that the clear&easy interface is very importance.Why don't let user to find this function in using?

Amir Salihefendic staff
Replied on Dec 24, 2012 - 09:56

The easiest way to solve this issue is simply to add 3 labels:
* delegated
* waiting_for
* in_process

When a task's state changes you simply update the label.

Using this system you don't have to learn any new interface, this will work on mobile and you will be able to use powerful label filtering options (for example, "7 days @delegated" to see everything that you delegated in the upcoming week).

Best regards,

Cliff Donaldson premium
Replied on Dec 24, 2012 - 13:07

While the labels do provide a way of dealing with "in progress" tasks (see my earlier post), huangdsh's other comment about being able to assign a start date (as well as a due date) to a task isn't addressed by the use of labels. This is something I've longed to see in Todoist for years.


Replied on Dec 24, 2012 - 20:48

How to keep the program clear and easy and provide the more function? we must catch the core of problem or requirement.
Here all requirement's core is "start date".

This is essential property of task. other requirement and problem is just surface. That is, you can reslove many issue after adding this property.

Label is a good tools, however this only represent the "space" property of task.such as @home@shop or abstract space relation:@friend@resoure,even link to anything you want.

However time property can not be superseded by space 100%.
Of course, time is a relation too, but it is so diffirent that there are no any theory which can combine with time and space together at persent.you may have a quick look the Einstein theory to feel the "Time".

Raja Tirumala Rao
Replied on Jan 12, 2013 - 08:48

Is there a feature added ? or is adding labels the solution for this ? since the item is marked completed , i am wondering

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 12, 2013 - 09:14

Hello Raja,

Task statuses can be successfully managed with labels which not only allow you to add unlimited different statuses to a task (as there is no limitation to how many labels you can have while any status system would naturally have a fixed amount of statuses), but also query for a certain status/label and also combine them with date-based queries.

Best regards,

Replied on Jan 22, 2013 - 10:57

Is this only available for premium users?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 22, 2013 - 11:09

Hello Kalpana,

No, you can add labels to task stating its status on a free account. To do so, simply type @delegated or @waiting etc. within the task name and a label with such name will be attached to the task.

With Todoist Premium, you can additionally change the colors of each label and view all labels at once.

Best regards,

Raymond Vasvari premium
Replied on May 13, 2013 - 09:56

I am quite confused. You list this as "done" but I cannot see the functionality anywhere. Collecting a number of workable user inspired workarounds is not the same as "done."

David Trey staff
Replied on May 13, 2013 - 10:00

Hello Raymond,

To add a status to a task, please type @waiting or @in_progress etc. within the task's name and then you'll be able to click on this status and see all tasks across all projects with this status.

Thanks to labels, you can create an unlimited amount of custom statuses for your tasks and color-code them.

Best regards,

Emmett premium
Replied on Jan 12, 2014 - 04:39

Awesome that this is done... How do I use it? I can't find any directions on where it is or how to use it.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Jan 12, 2014 - 12:56


Just type the label you want into the task name. @lablename


Thibaut premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 07:33

I hope it will be supported with the new upcoming version. Is there somewhere a list of ideas in order to support the "waiting for" in the current todoist version? What would you recommend? (I am thinking of using italic for that, labels is not right for me). This is really the key think I am still missing on a day to day basis.

Jamie premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2014 - 14:26

I think that labels provide nice flexibility but when you take into account the karma score - you really need to have a status for these tasks so that they are not still considered your responsibility.