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Better priority-rating color heirarchy.


So far so good with Todoist. But a couple suggestions:

- Sometimes general tasks are not high priority for me but their sub-tasks might need to get done immediately. Currently, if I set a parent level task at priority level 2 (blue) and a sublevel at priority 1 (red)... when I hide sublevel tasks - using the flipping arrow button - the color of the parent level remains the same (priority 2 - blue) although there is a very important task hidden in it. I think the color of the parent task should change dependant on the highest level of subtasks, so that I don't miss anything that may be hidden.

- also, the color coding would make more sense if they existed on a spectrum from cooler to warmer colors. ie, priority 4 (dark blue or black), priority 3 (yellow), priority 2 (orange), priority 1 (red). Also, if you expanded to a broader range in the future it could go, violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, etc.

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Chris G premium
Replied on Jan 03, 2012 - 06:03

I think maybe the colors should be user selected, but I like the idea.

Replied on Nov 14, 2012 - 01:23

Changing the whole rating system by doing away with the concept of "Priorities" would drastically improve ToDoist's usefulness.

Adopting a Gmail-esque system of tagging with the ability to edit the tag label and also it's color would definitely cause customers and competitors pause and take notice in the midst of the cut throat world of 'todo list apps'. Dead serious on that.

I have a personal loose 7-color system I use to represent the general importance of tasks. Instead of Green being/meaning "Priority 3", to me, Green represents completed task (in case I want to keep it visible before I delete/archive it) and Yellow represents tasks that require my direct response to another person waiting for one. Orange *would* be for "Awaiting Response" from another person.

Adding just 2 or 3 colors would be great!...

...more, and the ability to edit their labels would rock. Instead of "Priority 1", red could be relabeled "To Do Today!" or whatever to one's heart's content.

Just some thoughts on usability and usefulness from a long time user. =)

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 14, 2012 - 01:50

Hello Brad,

It's possible to add labels/tags on Todoist, edit their names and choose colors for each label.

To add a label, simply type @phonecall (for example) within the task name which will attach a tag named "phonecall" to it. You can name your labels as you want, the text after the @ sign (without spaces) will become the label name.

Now, you can click on this label next to this task to display all tasks with the same label. To see all labels used on your account, use the @ link below the search box in the upper-left corner. On this page, you can right-click on any label (just as you can on a task as an alternative to the gear icon) and either edit its name, change its color or search for all tasks with this label.

Best regards,

Replied on Nov 16, 2012 - 18:14

Wha? I, I think I just wet myself a little. Seriously, I'm freely peeing with joy at now knowing this. I had no idea! Yay, Todoist! I need a towel.

Cliff Donaldson premium
Replied on Jan 03, 2013 - 21:47

If Todoist sticks to the 4 level priority system, then I like Matt's idea of going from cooler to warmer colours to reflect urgency/importance (although I would prefer no colour vs blue or black for the lowest prioity level, followed by yellow, orange and finally red for top priority items). I honestly don't think that the average person, if shown the colours red, blue and green, would immediately conclude that blue somehow reflected greater urgency/importance than the colour green. However, if presented with the colours red, orange and yellow, I think most people would assume that red was associated with more urgent/important items that orange, and orange with more urgent/important items than yellow.

I really hope this becomes an option soon. The present colour coding of priorities just doesn't register with me at all.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 04, 2013 - 06:28

Hello Cliff,

We've changed our priority colors. Right now, priority 1 is red, priority 2 is dark blue and priority 3 is light blue. Please let us know if you like the change.

Note - if may be necessary to force-reload the page with Ctrl+F5 or log out and back in to see the changes.

Best regards,

Jay Parikh premium
Replied on Jan 14, 2013 - 14:55

I searched this thread to see why the colors were changed. I actually liked the old ones a lot better (red, dark blue, green). Are there any plans to allow users to choose their priority colors?

Replied on Jan 14, 2013 - 17:06

Hello Jay,

We may consider adding such option in the future. You're welcome to vote for this request: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/696/

Best regards,

H E E M premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2013 - 09:56

Please go to this page in Vote Box to vote on this topic.

In particular, please consider my suggestion made on 31st October 2013.

So, please go here and vote and also comment: