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Time estimate on tasks

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Hello!
There is the possibility to insert a time estimate on tasks?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Nov 24, 2013 - 23:01 UTC

Hello Ricco,

If you're referring to a due time, you can set tasks to dates with times such as "tomorrow @ 2pm" or "ev Fri at 13:20".

If you're referring to a duration or a task, that's unfortunately not possible directly, but you could add labels representing the estimated durations such as @2h or @5h. This would also allow you to easily search for tasks with the same duration simply by searching for the @2h label.


Best regards,
David

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Yuval Bahat
Replied on Aug 25, 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Hi,

I'll be glad to be notified once this task duration feature is added to your interface, so that I can migrate back from RTM.

Thanks,
Yuval

DS
Dean Starkey  premium
Replied on Sep 15, 2014 - 15:33 UTC

Been using software for a few days now. I really like it so far. I would appreciate this feature as well. It is sometimes difficult to know whether it is possible to get through a days task list. The label don't really help in this situation if you want to know estimate how many hours you need to allocate in a day. Is there any plan to add it to the feature list?

Thanks,
Dean



BP
Bradley Pearce  premium
Replied on Sep 24, 2014 - 12:36 UTC

I agree with Dean -- also, this would make the Karma function more useful. Right now you can "game" karma by doing lots of "little" tasks, each of which has the same impact as completing a time-intensive task.

Michael Young
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 05:54 UTC

I'd really like this feature. I don't see why it would be hard to add--just another column to sort by...

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olivier.povel  premium
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 19:14 UTC

Unbelievable that this is not included. Such a great app.
* No duration of a task = unbelievable
* No status for tasks "in progress" = unbelievable

Was almost thinking of implementing todoist (fantastic overview) but these are deal breakers.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 19:21 UTC

Hello Oliver,

You ca use labels to mark a task @inprogress or @waiting etc. which allows you an unlimited amount of status tags as any word entered after an @ in the task's name becomes a label.

As for time-tracking, please check out our integration with Toggl that enables time tracking of tasks: http://blog.todoist.com/2014/10/track-your-task-time-inside-todoist-with-toggl/


Regards,
David

DS
Dean Starkey  premium
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 22:27 UTC

David,

Time tracking is not the feature that we are asking for. It is simply an estimation of the duration of a task so that you can block time more efficiently for a list of tasks. The feature should also give you a total duration for your daily task list.

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olivier.povel  premium
Replied on Oct 21, 2014 - 08:14 UTC

Hello David,

Thanks for the answer and the suggested workarounds. But the problem is that they are workarounds which complicate todoist and destroy the simplicity and overview. They are not in the soul of todoist.

Why not add the flexibility to add and measure time blocks and a true status "in progress"?

I for my part am a great proponent of focus which can be achieved with pomodoro time blocks. For that you need to be able to add time blocks (25 mins in case of pomodoro) to tasks and set the status to "in progress" (aside from "to do", "today" and "done" which is already incorporated in todoist). This forces people to think better about their tasks (you need to be much more precise to define accurately the time spend) and to focus much better on their work. All of this gives a better planning and better quality of work. And more reward for the person (as he/she gets better in planning and gets more done with a higher quality).

Just a suggestion that would make todoist the killer it should be.

BP
Bradley Pearce  premium
Replied on Oct 21, 2014 - 11:53 UTC

I agree with Olivier that labels and Toggl are poor work arounds. The labels don't capture what you have done and have left to do, and the Toggle work around is inefficient and inelegant. I suspect most of us have been drawn to Todoist because it is elegant stucturally and visually. The inability to estimate time blocks in a big to-do is a flaw that detracts from the elegance of Todoist.

For instance, I have a big project that calls for performing the same task day after day. I have made it a recurring task. Whether I perform that task 2 hours a day or 8 hours a day of that should be tracked differently than performing an errand.

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Laura  premium
Replied on Oct 25, 2014 - 19:50 UTC

I agree it would be so helpful to have timeblocks and show them visually

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kimberly.manning  premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2014 - 20:56 UTC

I'd just like to add that this type of feature would be extremely useful to me. It is the #1 thing that I wish todoist could do that it doesn't. Oftentimes I am trying to choose what day to set for a task, but I don't know how full that day already is. The bars on each day help a little, but I have many small recurring 1 - 5 minute tasks so it isn't a good representation of how committed I already am for any given day.

Ognjen Nastic  premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 15:31 UTC

Definitely +1 vote for this. Just adding an estimated duration field with sorting would be more than enough for me. Nothing fancy needed.

LH
Laura H
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 18:29 UTC

This is a common request, and has been asked for and discussed here:
http://todoist.com/Support/show/28987/?section=activity&back_url=/Support/core/activity/comments/#comment_151589


Here is my post from that thread about a possible 3rd party work around:
+1 for time estimating features as well!

For those of you looking for this feature, there IS a possible 3rd party solution.
https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer

Beda wrote this brilliant little Grease Monkey script. Simply enter the estimated time a task will take in brackets, [1] = 1hr, [.5] = 1/2 hr, etc. The script will total up the number in brackets and display it beautifully in the header.

I've been using it for several months now flawlessly on my Mac with Chrome.
If you use Windows - unfortunately, Chrome recently made some changes to it's Windows interface that do not allow this script to work (and I haven't yet found a work around.) If you use Windows, try the FireFox version of the script.

The script is a work around, and it only works in the web version (does not transfer to mobile versions) but even that has been a big help in meeting my needs around estimating time for the day. Helps make sure I don't schedule 37 hours of work in my day then wonder how come I failed to make a dent in my list!

Todoist folks: I highly recommend taking a look at how Beda did this script. It's clean, does not interfere with the simple, easy to use look of Todoist, and the simple data entry is right in line with the great way you guys do labels (I love just entering text in the box and not having to deal with fiddly clicking around to label or tag something.) If Todoist implemented this as native functionality I would be thrilled.

Ognjen Nastic  premium
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 11:08 UTC

Awesome! Works great on Chrome. Beda deserves a part of my subscription :-).

Ognjen Nastic  premium
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 11:10 UTC

Thank you so much, Laura!

Alberto Villa
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 09:47 UTC

I have found a workaround to this problem which basically implies using IFTTT and Google Calendar. You can read the full explanation in this post:

http://alberto-villa.com/implement-task-duration-in-todoist-workaround-with-ifttt/

In any case, this is a must-have functionality so I hope it is implemented soon.

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iswalker  premium
Replied on Jan 31, 2015 - 17:52 UTC

Ognjen, I modified beda's script a teeny bit so it supports adding in native 60-minutes format instead (like [0:45] and [1:30]) -- here's the file!

It's not extensively tested, so I'm sure you could break it if you tried -- but as long as you don't have any tasks that take longer than [9:59] each, you'll be ok. :)

Todoist is now superhuman (love)

Ognjen Nastic  premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2015 - 11:09 UTC

Awesome! I'll give it a try. (love)

Matt Pusateri  premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 13:26 UTC

Just read this thread and add my voice as someone who'd love this feature. It would be great to look at a day's list to tasks and see how much time I've estimated for each (and all of them combined)... It would help a lot for planning...

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ro
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 14:57 UTC

+1

Matt Pusateri  premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 15:00 UTC

The workarounds/scripts are (appreciated) clever hacks by other users, but an application-wide feature is really key here.

A Chrome/Firefox script won't be reflected on my phone or on the todoist app... so it's a partial solution, resourceful though it may be.

DB
Dan Barron  premium
Replied on Feb 17, 2015 - 22:51 UTC

+1

Anita Andreis  premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 03:25 UTC

+ 1! I did make a sort of turnaround with adding exact time (hour, minute) of a day to each task, only to be aware not to overload a day with impossible amount of tasks...but that is still not it.

Jan Kok  premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 15:26 UTC

+1

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johnsass88  premium
Replied on Mar 01, 2015 - 11:33 UTC

So many thanks for the extension Beda! I am already extremely grateful for the work you did on the script, but if you're looking for more features to add to it, I would love if it could somehow be clever enough to incorporate recurring tasks that will be added to that day. For example, right now if I have a task to perform every day, its duration won't be added to the total of any future days. I realise that would be a lot of work (and could be unintuitive in the current interface, since those tasks are not actually even shown for future dates), but it would make planning soo much easier for me.

Again, thanks for the script!

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Weekist
Replied on Mar 08, 2015 - 18:35 UTC

Hi,

I have just publish a simple Chrome extension to implement some basic task duration management within Todoist.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duraist/fimjngdlidhglcpmpkdocniimdlekhkf?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog

It's certainly not perfect but I hope you like it. If people use it I will try to improve and extend its functionality.

MK
Mitch Klein  premium
Replied on Mar 09, 2015 - 20:48 UTC

This would be a great feature. I use labels right now, which work okay, but estimated time as its own element would be great.

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Lennart  premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2015 - 07:53 UTC

Have only certain projects where I miss this feature, now installed the extension as well, which is pretty much everything I need/expected.

AV
Andy Vaughan  premium
Replied on Apr 12, 2015 - 09:18 UTC

+1
Does Todoist publish any kind of public roadmap or features under consideration / development? It would be great to know whether it's worth waiting for this feature or whether it's just not going to happen in the foreseeable future.
Respect to those who have made scripts, Chrime extensions etc. as work-arounds. For me this just highlights what an important feature it is for some folk.
It would be great to find out whether there are any plans (and *rough* timescales?) for this feature. I'd be happy to upgrade to premium for this.

AV
Andy Vaughan  premium
Replied on Apr 12, 2015 - 09:18 UTC

Otherwise I may have to switch to RTM.

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GETSHITDONE  premium
Replied on Apr 12, 2015 - 09:27 UTC

(+1)

Daryl Knight  premium
Replied on May 12, 2015 - 11:07 UTC

I'd like to see this too, rather than a list of task with no overview of how long they might take.

Is there a roadmap for development anywhere?

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Vijay
Replied on May 13, 2015 - 15:37 UTC

+1
This is my primary reason for not trying ToDoist yet. For now, I'm sticking with Excel with all the same columns that ToDoist offers + my own columns for "status" and "estimated time required." (Actual time would also be nice to have down the road; karma points could directly link to your efficiency in completing the tasks in line with your budgeted time.)

ToDoist staff -- could you please let us know if/when you would consider adding such a feature?

David Trey  staff
Replied on May 13, 2015 - 16:04 UTC

Hello Vijay,

Unfortunately, we can't give you an ETA when such feature would be implemented, but it's something we'll consider to add in the future.


Regards,
David

BP
Bradley Pearce  premium
Replied on May 18, 2015 - 14:01 UTC

Why isn't the development team at Todoist treating this issue more seriously? This feature could take the app from great to category killer.

Right now Todoist has lots of competition, but this function would make it unique.

Also, why doesn't the development team engage those of us who have commented on this for feedback as to what we would like to see or as beta testers?

Tom Mansel  premium
Replied on Jul 06, 2015 - 11:46 UTC

+1 for Bradley and all the others looking for this. @todoist team why are you being so evasive about this?

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Lisa Shaw  premium
Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 22:01 UTC

+1 this is the one feature I miss from Nozbe. I would love to estimate a duration for every task and then have a running total at the top of the page.

ToDoist staff, please add!!!!

BP
Bradley Pearce  premium
Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 22:15 UTC

The lack of progress on this request is really starting to bug me.

Right now I have a list of tasks, categorized by due date, priority, project, etc.

What Todoist DOESN'T do is help me plan my day by prioritizing tasks vs. how long I expect them to take. Having 25 5 minute tasks is NOT the same as having 2 4 hour tasks to get done in one day.

Instead of helping, Todoist forces me to internalize the time estimates rather than commit it to Todoist and let Todoist help me in my planning.

In other words, Todoist makes me plan and work around Todoist.

Unacceptable for a now mature and paid app.



Scott Lawrence  premium
Replied on Jul 10, 2015 - 17:27 UTC

There's a simple reason why they have not actioned this request: they don't want to implement it. Their mandate is to keep Todoist as simple as possible, and they think adding features like this (and many others requests on threads that date back 1-2 years on here) will over-complicate the app. I wouldn't hold my breath on any "missing" features getting added anytime soon.

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Vijay
Replied on Jul 10, 2015 - 17:35 UTC

That makes sense -- if they were actively considering this feature, then I expect they would have replied to say that they're working on it. Does anyone have recommendations about other products that offer this feature (even if they lack some of the other features that ToDoist offers)? Thanks!

LH
Laura H
Replied on Jul 10, 2015 - 19:26 UTC

@Bradley - well said.

Todoist doesn't help me plan my day (or week, or month for that matter.) The lack of this feature, and other commonly requested features means I'm working around Todoist and Todoist is frequently adding to my work and overwhelm rather than being a trusted and helpful tool.

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Dan Rolander  premium
Replied on Jul 11, 2015 - 12:52 UTC

+1 for a time estimate feature. It would make the app much more useful to me. It is something I desperately need.

DB
Dan Barron  premium
Replied on Jul 11, 2015 - 13:03 UTC

@Scott Lawrence- David Trey, a staff member, says they will consider it in the future. You say they never will.

If the Todoist staff is just saying "we'll consider it in the future" when in fact it goes against their keep-it-simple philosophy and they never will, well that's just crappy.

To paraphrase Einstein- a good solution is as simple as it can be--but no simpler. You can't forget the second part.

LH
Laura H
Replied on Jul 13, 2015 - 16:13 UTC

@Dan Barron -

"We will consider it in the future" is the standard Todoist answer to every single feature request. They refuse to give any kind of meaningful feedback RE whether a feature will actually be added or not. Effectively, "We will consider it," means absolutely nothing.

Awhile back I decided to do some research to see what, "We will consider it" means - what kind of features are they "considering" and actually adding to the program? I went back and researched their feature announcements over the last 3 years. The results give a really clear picture of what the Todoist Staff Response actually means in reality.
https://todoist.com/Support/show/79953/


Scott Lawrence  premium
Replied on Jul 13, 2015 - 18:37 UTC

As Laura said, it appears to be their standard boilerplate response, and does not give any indication whether or not the feature will ever get actioned.

Matt Pusateri  premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2015 - 12:55 UTC

FWIW, I came to Todoist from OmniFocus and it has this feature. So if that's something you really really want, consider it as an alternative. In balance, I prefer Todoist for a number of reasons, though, so I haven't looked back.

Still, if you're frustrated with the lack of a time estimate feature and the lack of a response by Todoist about the feature, you might consider OmniFocus instead until Todoist is willing to add this...