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add duration / timebox field to tasks + sums


Being able to timebox a task is a substantial part of GTD.
Being able to see the number of hours a subset of tasks sum up to also.

I would like to have a timebox field for each task that allows me to indicate the estimated/allocated time span for it.

I would like that under each list it sum of timeboxes / durations be shown.

All responses

Replied on Jan 05, 2012 - 18:27

I currently do use labels to do so (@.5h, @1h, @2h, ...) but I miss the summation.

Shelli Newhart
Replied on Jan 12, 2012 - 22:26

I would also like this capability, or to be able to load/sync task list with a time tracking program.

Christy premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2012 - 10:47

I love this idea, and would especially like to see it integrate into the visualization interface, so the pie graph will show total time spent on each project rather than number of tasks completed.

Tim Berneman
Replied on Mar 08, 2012 - 04:16

Maybe a timer so we can start and stop the clock on a task by task basis.

Felipe Lalanne
Replied on Mar 23, 2012 - 01:07

I would also love this. Particularly the last comment regarding a timer per task. That way I could compare my expected time against the actual time to complete a task.

Replied on Mar 23, 2012 - 01:27

That would just make life so much easier!

Shelli Newhart
Replied on Mar 29, 2012 - 18:39

In the meantime, if you need a timer, I use this: http://slimtimer.com/ I'd love if they were all integrated, but it works for now.

Roberto Marzialetti
Replied on Jun 17, 2012 - 21:48

+1 for this feature

Richard Warnung premium
Replied on Jun 18, 2012 - 04:56

I think so too: an estimated/allocated duration would be helpful. Summing over allocated times would be a plus

Geoffrey Gifford
Replied on Aug 30, 2012 - 13:45

Yes this is a great idea. As a freelance developer I have lots of tasks - some lengthy development issues - some quick fixes. It would be great to say - OK I have an hour I cant get involved in some major thing, what can I do? ...get me a list of 5 minute tasks - regardless of project/label/client.

Astha Parmar
Replied on Sep 08, 2012 - 21:08

Being able to gradually improve one's time estimates for tasks is so key. Would be great to have an: estimated time attribute and then a time taken attribute

Yeo Lisa premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2012 - 15:47

Mayb adding in choice of 1 hr, 2 hr, and 3 hr. Too long duration is not a good thing either.

Steve Bailey
Replied on Oct 15, 2012 - 08:34

ToDoList started out as stand-alone app that incorporated time tracking as an integral part of its feature set. I used that capability extensively in order to track progress on lengthy tasks. I'd love to see that same kind of functionality within the current web-centric implementation. (I'm still using the old stand-alone version--- great great tool.)

Replied on Jan 08, 2013 - 15:46

+1 for start/stop timer on tasks!

Jason Beyers
Replied on Feb 05, 2013 - 12:58

Would love this feature! I too have been using @1h, @2h, etc labels to do this and it's a clunky workaround at best.

Replied on Mar 29, 2013 - 07:15

Yes, I will start using todoist when a slimtimer-ish feature is included. Todoist is useless to me without it, but I'd happily pay for premium if I could track my time and then spit out graphs and tables of the discrepancies between time spent and time budgeted.

Replied on Jun 03, 2013 - 04:38

I would definitely upgrade to premium for this type of feature

Alex Aitken premium
Replied on Jun 10, 2013 - 09:53


Ben premium
Replied on Jun 25, 2013 - 07:13

This would be a big thing to differentiate you from google tasks. I was debating between you and another potential competitor that focuses on time tracking for a paid app and in the end I needed tasks more than time, but if you had time spent I wouldn't have even looked at the competitor and if the competitor had tasks I might have gone with them.

Vasiliy Zyablitsev
Replied on Aug 31, 2013 - 09:48

+1 for this capability

georgekao premium
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 12:10

Would be great to have:

1. estimated time for each task.

2. ability to sum up the estimated times in any view.

3. ability to sort tasks by estimated time.

Many of us have "floating" tasks each day, that can be completed anytime. If there's a flexible hour in the afternoon, what do we do? Go to a list of tasks, sorted by time, and knock out the quickest ones... this can energize someone, empowering them to do the more important (not just quickest) ones :)

Christy premium
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 12:47

I posted this in a similar vote thread, but I'll repost it because it may help someone who checks this thread but not the other:

"I would love to have my timer integrated with Todoist, but for now, I use Toggl. I love it because it's free and I can use it on both my laptop and iPhone (though it can get a bit confused if I start a timer on one and try to stop it on the other before refreshing). I also don't feel like I'm duplicating all my tasks into it because I can use a simpler name in Toggl that covers several tasks in Todoist. For example, I'm a law student and want to track how much time I spend on each class, but while Todoist has a task for ever day's reading, I just time it all in Toggle under "Class A Reading," "Class B Reading," etc."

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Sep 08, 2013 - 13:34


Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I just wanted to post here to let you know that we do read these and have taken everything into consideration. We hope we can improve these features in the best way possible in the future.


Replied on Oct 10, 2013 - 08:43

I'd love that feature! It would be very usefull to organize agenda of a day, e.g. if we'll be able to achieve all tasks we paln in a day.

Cati premium
Replied on Nov 06, 2013 - 12:38

I vote for it... And some more.
I'd love it if I could plan duration of a project or task repetition, for example: "for two weeks", "from 1st till 5th of December".

Darla Simpson premium
Replied on Nov 13, 2013 - 12:17

I echo the task by task timer request - one click to start and one to stop would be a perfect way to track time on tasks where you are transitioning from one to the other quickly.

Lise premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 18:39

This was one of the things i liked when i was checking out nirvana. Would love to see that added here.

Lise premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 18:44

I found a rather interesting android app that allows you to set timespans for each task or interval (that you enter or import from toodledo), reorder the lists for your ideal schedule that day, and then if you click on one it starts the countdown and moves that task to the top of the queue.
Then if you click on another item, it automatically pauses the timer on the previous task, starts countdown on the new task, and brings that that one to the top.
It shows the percentage of completion of each task you are working on for that day, but unfortunately does not track for more than that single day, or chart your time. otherwise i find it very helpful for motivation, especially at times when i keep having to flip back and forth

Beda Kosata premium
Replied on Nov 28, 2013 - 00:23

This is the one single feature that I miss - todoist is great without it, but it would be perfect with it :)

karl.baz premium
Replied on Dec 13, 2013 - 06:39

I'd like to be able to add the duration into the date box. For example: "for 2 days starting December 20". I think duration is a pretty important planning tool. Great app!

Dan Walker premium
Replied on Jan 06, 2014 - 06:57


Zhao Hong premium
Replied on Jan 14, 2014 - 23:44

+1 for this feature

Replied on Jan 18, 2014 - 19:16

I've been searching for a tool that would let me see how many free minutes I have in a day, outside of work, sleep, etc., and then drag/drop chores into a "day template." Their duration would fill the time for the day, adding up so I could see when I wasn't going to be able to fit anything else into the day.

Ben Ford
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 01:56

+1 for pmodoro!

Nat F premium
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 17:45

this would be amazing

James Grady premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 07:48

I'd love to see this feature as well. I'd also like to see a breakdown of how much time I'm spending on each project.

Kimberly Wilson premium
Replied on Feb 11, 2014 - 07:34

I am using TimeMeter right now, but it would be great if ToDoist had a similar feature embedded.

Reinhardt premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 01:40

I also want this feature. In fact, I thought it would come with ToDoist premium and I see now it's not there. It would be great if one could set a default time for tasks but have the option to easily and quickly adjust it for a new task should you need it.

Alessandro premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2014 - 09:54

vote +1

Pablo Sanlorenzo premium
Replied on Mar 01, 2014 - 02:12

vote +1

Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 19:10

Please add this ASAP! I want, I want, I need, I need!!!

marjorie curl premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2014 - 12:14

(+1) :-) Thanks for giving us the chance to vote on it, yes yes please!!!!

Beda Kosata premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2014 - 15:57

I have decided to scratch my own itch an created a simple Greasemonkey script that does what I need when it comes to duration support - it allows me to plan how much time a task would take and see how much time I have allocated to tasks for each day.

The script works with both Firefox and Chrome and it is available here - https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer

Viktor Mašíček premium
Replied on Apr 11, 2014 - 02:44

(+1) YES

Václav Schybal MT premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2014 - 07:50

(+1) YES

Brian Thompson
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 22:42

Well a timer running in each task gives you the feeling of time passing by, and encourages you to work faster to complete the tasks. I have wasted a lot of time looking for an app to buy with this specific feature, and was willing to go with toodledo if I could have found it. frustration is what I feel with all the developers out there in this day, and time of tablet, and smartphones.
Please add this feature. Thanks

Václav Schybal MT premium
Replied on Apr 23, 2014 - 00:02

I tried https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer, but it does not work in Chrome.

Beda Kosata premium
Replied on Apr 23, 2014 - 01:16

Václav Schybal, I do not have Chrome, but it works in Chromium for me, so I guess it should work. BTW, how did you download it? I just tried the simplest way directly from the github page and it downloaded an HTML page, not the code. This could be the problem.

This link should lead to the source file - https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer/raw/master/tdtimer.user.js

Václav Schybal MT premium
Replied on Apr 23, 2014 - 01:48

Cool. It works :-) Geil.