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Check boxes in Notes

I like Todoist a lot, one of the better apps in this area.

Instead of populating Todoist with lots and lots of check boxes, nested or otherwise, I would like to be able to insert a check box into a note.

I have a 'Project' called CHECKLISTS so that I can add things there when I think of them. Packing lists feature strongly because I travel a lot to developing countries.

I know one solution would be to set up such check box lists in Word or similar, but itwould be more efficient to have them available in notes.

This woudlextend the functionality of Todoist beyond tasks per se.


Roger J

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 19, 2013 - 13:05 UTC

Hello Roger,

If you have a to-do list that you often re-use, you could create a template from it and each time you need to complete all these tasks, you could easily import it into a new project. It could also contain sub-tasks.

Please refer to this video to see how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o

If this is not a good solution for you, please clarify how would you use a task list within a task note so we can better understand this option and maybe implement it in future updates.

Best regards,

Kakaxa  premium
Replied on Aug 19, 2013 - 18:04 UTC

Wunderlist has this and it is very nice.

Kathie Maughan Francis
Replied on Dec 02, 2013 - 06:25 UTC


Nirvana also has this feature. I use it to track multiple steps within a task, such as watching tutorials in order to complete the task of learning a new product line. In this case it is more succinct than having 7 individual subtasks for seven tutorials, for instance.

It's also really handy to have a grocery or parts list right within a shopping task.

I hope this will be considered for a future update.

Roger Jones  premium
Replied on Dec 02, 2013 - 07:45 UTC

As Todist has checkboxes already for task completion, I would prefer checklists to be 'hidden' from all the tasks.

If one uses the current task setup for checklists, surely one is then increasing the number of total tasks still to be done., leading a a sense of overload.

Checklists can be more than just tasks, eg packing cabin and check-in bags is a task which has many items to be checked off, which is why I prefer them in Notes if they are to be in Todoist at all.

Grocery lists is a very good example.

For now I have reverted to using Evernote for my checklists.

Anyone interested in how useful checklists should see this, VERY readable:


tyler  premium
Replied on Jan 24, 2014 - 17:36 UTC

Having used a lot of task software, I have come to think that the way certain kinds of checklists should be treated is different than ordinary task checkboxes.

For example, with packing lists or grocery lists. You need to pack the same stuff for most trips, with slight variations (5 pairs underwear or 2 pairs). You need the same groceries week after week with variations (this week I need milk but not flour; or this week we are having guests so I need to pick up a special dessert).

So what makes more sense for these kinds of checklists is to create a master checklist where you can reuse it all the time as one list. You have the ability to check things when you buy them (or pack them), and uncheck when you need them. Or uncheck all (for packing for example) when you are starting the process fresh.

That is probably why most to-do software like ToDoist, but also most others, do not handle this kind of routine well -- it is really a separate functionality than ordinary "to-dos".

But it is certainly a feature I would love to see in task oriented software, since there are many tasks that revolve around re-usable lists.

An app that is very simple but handles this ok (it is very basic) is "Quick List Free 2" for Android (in the Play Store) by Nathaniel Apps.

It's not a particularly flexible or powerful program, but it is dedicated to the idea of making re-usable lists with items that can be toggled as needed. It offers a good example of the kind of thing I'm talking about.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 24, 2014 - 21:19 UTC

Hello Tyler,

If you have the same task list that you need to re-use multiple times, then you can create it once, export it as a template and then later import the same list into any project whenever you want :)

Please refer to this video to see how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o Note - it's been recorded before we've switched to Next, hence the old UI, but the "Task actions" icon is still at the top of the list.

Best regards,