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Task duration

MO

It's a real pity that you didn't set the task duration function in your new release! We are asking for it for a long time... Even if you app is nicer, I prefer to use Doit.im because it allows to assign a duration to a task....
Best regards

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 17:58 UTC

Hello Michel,

We're sorry to hear that. We'll consider adding this feature in future updates.


Best regards,
David

MO
Michel Olivès
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 18:02 UTC

Thanks David for your quick answer :) Hope next release will include this feature :)))
Best regards

Adrian
Replied on Jan 25, 2014 - 17:45 UTC

Yes please SERIOUSLY consider doing this; the whole point of an app like Todoist is to EASE mental burdens by automating things and reducing redundancy in app use; if we have to make little notes to ourselves to check if such and such is still repeating and if so to delete it from repeating and so on, well then we may as well use GCal for repeating, as has been mentioned before. And then the stress starts because what should be handled in one app now needs two. If you want to see an EXCELLENT implementation of this particular feature set I highly recommend you folks start a Nirvana user account and see how they do it with start, end, due, durations, etc., all done with easy to understand logic ...

Barry Silver  premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2014 - 21:24 UTC

Ditto that!

Daniel Cederberg  premium
Replied on May 10, 2014 - 21:43 UTC

Here here

Asif Mehedi  premium
Replied on Jul 04, 2014 - 01:45 UTC

+1 for the suggestion. Looking forward to the next release that has this feature.

William Nutt  premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 01:31 UTC

I would GREATLY appreciate this feature. Thanks for your consideration!

Laurent Duchastel
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 03:57 UTC

Really really needed. I don't use todoist as much as i would like because there is no way to plan and organize tasks based on their duration. I tried to duration as labels, but it is clumsy, at best.

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Trish Putnam  premium
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 16:32 UTC

I ,too, really need this feature to be able to fully use Todoist.

MO
Michel Olivès
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 21:50 UTC

YES! I think it was more urgent as a feature than notifications based on location ....

Laurent Duchastel
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 22:29 UTC

Duration on each task would allow:

- Sort by duration / context, such as: "Show me all tasks I could do in the next hour at my desk" and focus on them.

- Better evaluate tasks and their prioritization by breaking-off in subtasks for better planning (ex: instead of a quite bold and single "Do marketing plan" that I have no really idea how much it would take, I could break-off with "List all products from competitors from websites = 2 hours" + "Write first draft for mission statement = 45 minutes" + "Send email with draf to colleagues = 10 minutes" + etc + etc.. and then realize that my single task would take 70 hours final, and setting it due for next week is unrealistic unless I reschedule other tasks.

- Evaluate if my "daily tasks" are too much to handle in a single day (ex: if Todoist shows that my 12 tasks due for today add to 16 hours in a regular 8 hours schedule, I might have a problem !).

- Better evaluate if my due dates are realistic based on other existing tasks (ex: such as Todoist prompting me "Hey guy, you want to set this task for this Friday, but there is no way you could do that taking into account duration of other tasks due before that!")

- Better scoring for Karma (does completing 5 x 2 minutes is really greater then 1 x 2 hours ?)


Todo lists are great, but I always end with great auto-induce deception and guilt because I have too many incomplete tasks for which I have difficulties to evaluate their duration. I end up postponing continuously the same big tasks "Do accounting" or "Paint the bedroom" with a feeling of being poorly organized and productive. On the other hand, breaking off tasks in sub-tasks WITHOUT duration (as it is now) end up with literally hundreds of tasks for which incorrectly set due date or or only sheer number push me into a false logic of emergency and lateness that invite me to do as much as short trivial tasks before real important ones just for the sake of shortening my pressuring, ever-ending todo list. Paradox: more I todolist, more I become unorganized and unprioritized.

Of course, task duration + task dependency would be really the best combination !!!

If so, setting due date of main task + evaluating duration of subtasks + establishing dependency with each on would help me to really prioritize what's more important to do

Asif Mehedi  premium
Replied on Jul 16, 2014 - 23:01 UTC

I simply put the estimated number of hours in parenthesis after the task description. I find this system adequate for my planning and execution purposes. I do this only for tasks that will likely take more than 30 minutes.

For example:

Read papers on experiment design (3 hr)
Review draft paper (45 min)

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Michel Olivès
Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 10:19 UTC

I buy everything written by Laurent Duchastel. I will add another one: connexion with your calendar; it will be very useful to see on your calendar all the tasks you have scheduled with their exact duration before making any appointment. Using task description doesn't allow that.
Regards,

Daniel Cederberg  premium
Replied on Jul 17, 2014 - 11:00 UTC

To paraphrase David Allen (GTD Creator), that we have to ask ourselves if we are fresh or are we toast.

And that is the second limitor (Energy) after context of location ex. @Home @Office.

And he aslo says that if we have the energy of 5 minutes we should do a 5 minute thing. And to do that we need to know the expected time duration of tasks, or at least have the option to use it.

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Markus Milde  premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2014 - 21:04 UTC

Laurent and Michel point out the key facts perfectly.
Todoist makes planning and keeping track a lot easier - -thats for sure. But I still hope to find the little extra that makes it more professional or maybe adult.
Planning daily tasks or replanning them would be much more efficient.
Right now I help myself with labels. Especially the 1min label helps to identify things to do now and in a row. "Do them before you write them down" you might say. And you are right, but there are days where I am on the road and can proceed to do the tasks when I am back at office or at home. ;-)
Really hope to receive that feature.

MO
Michel Olivès
Replied on Jul 18, 2014 - 21:15 UTC

I do like Todoist, but that matter of task duration is to me a serious negative point.
Yesterday I was invited to use the Magneto calendar: www.magneto.me
They are still in beta version, but they offer that feature allowing you to add a duration to a task as to any event.
"Smart to-dos integrated with your calendar so you can find the time to do your to-dos."
Not tested yet, but it seems pretty neat :)

TP
Trish Putnam  premium
Replied on Jul 19, 2014 - 03:53 UTC

I'm also evaluating magneto.me for the same reason. It's not ideal - I really do like much of what I see with Todoist and I *do* appreciate the effort to stay with the vision of a clean and crisp interface, but there are some elements seriously missing for me. Task duration (the concept of a start time as well as an end time) is one of the biggies for me.

Vincenzo Vecchio  premium
Replied on Jul 23, 2014 - 06:17 UTC

Yes, please!
Duration would really allow to organize your day!!!

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Alejandro  premium
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 15:40 UTC

I agree !

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Laura H
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 15:56 UTC

+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.

Laurent Duchastel
Replied on Jul 25, 2014 - 16:04 UTC

Laura, this looks great ! Unfortunately, I am on Windows, but Mac screenshot shows an elegant and easy solution.

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Nate Ritchie  premium
Replied on Aug 14, 2014 - 18:23 UTC

Yes please please add task duration!

William Duckworth  premium
Replied on Aug 14, 2014 - 20:07 UTC

Yeah task duration would be really helpful!

Andy Steer  premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2014 - 08:38 UTC

I would also very much like to see this feature implemented. When combined with the ical feed it would make the perfect solution.

Vadim Zee  premium
Replied on Aug 22, 2014 - 17:20 UTC

I desperately need this! Almost ready to go back to Nozbe!

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Dilan
Replied on Aug 24, 2014 - 17:03 UTC

Any updates on when we can see this feature?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 24, 2014 - 17:51 UTC

Hello Dilan,

Unfortunately not right now, but as soon as we have any news, we'll let you know :-)


Regards,
David

Thomas Jensen  premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 09:11 UTC

+1 (+1)

Pascal Zweipfenning  premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 09:41 UTC

Yes please. I try to use labels for this but this means you need to create a new filter each time.

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Anne Ward  premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 20:28 UTC

If cost is a hurdle, perhaps you can consider adding this type of feature as a paid add on?

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Onur Arslanoglu  premium
Replied on Sep 02, 2014 - 03:48 UTC

+1

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Alexandre Thomas  premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 13:25 UTC

+1

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Carol Rose  premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 14:10 UTC

+1

José Benitez  premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 20:24 UTC

+1

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Jeroen Quiros
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 21:54 UTC

+1,000,000

Marcos Theophylactou  premium
Replied on Sep 21, 2014 - 19:44 UTC

+1

Genine Keogh  premium
Replied on Sep 21, 2014 - 19:53 UTC

+ 1 yes please. I've only been using for 2 days and much needed feature. Also helps to stop me procrastinating if I had a reminder half hour before something was due based on time it should take in case I'd lost focus as I often do when on my laptop where the internet is my oyster... thanks :-) I still love todoist. quicker than trello which was nice to use at first with it's drag and rop thing but frustrating after a while as it's not quick enough and hard to use on an iphone. well done todoist! :-)

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Eduardo  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 03:18 UTC

I need this feature too, please!!

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Begushij  premium
Replied on Oct 02, 2014 - 09:16 UTC

+1

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Amy  premium
Replied on Oct 04, 2014 - 03:46 UTC

+1 please please

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Ruth Carapella
Replied on Oct 05, 2014 - 15:33 UTC

I am trying out Todoist to see if it could work for me. If I have a task that takes several days, I don't see a way to enter it. This sort of would be like task duration--except that I might want to work on a project for 3 days at work, then still accomplish other tasks in the evening at home.

I echo the comments here that the only way this program would work for me is if I could enter a task and add a duration like: work on the xxx project for 3 hours a day for the next three days with a due date and time for final completion.

JB
Jacob B. Hansen  premium
Replied on Oct 09, 2014 - 09:27 UTC

+1

Rainer Nettekoven  premium
Replied on Oct 09, 2014 - 11:04 UTC

+1

Marina  premium
Replied on Oct 11, 2014 - 08:34 UTC

+1

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Станислав Тристан  premium
Replied on Oct 11, 2014 - 11:56 UTC

+1

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Giulio  premium
Replied on Oct 11, 2014 - 21:35 UTC

+1

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Evelyne Alecian  premium
Replied on Oct 24, 2014 - 15:05 UTC

+1

Vadim Zee  premium
Replied on Oct 24, 2014 - 15:47 UTC

+10000000

ezuall  premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 18:57 UTC

+1

I've gotta say, this would be pretty handy.

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dangki
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 10:18 UTC

+1000000

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Kimberly Gruber  premium
Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 13:55 UTC

+1

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Ishi
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 08:53 UTC

+1

Rainer Nettekoven  premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 08:59 UTC

Dear Todoist Staff Team,

how about the Status to this Feature? Is it on planing or Progress in your development or just on the wishlist at the Moment?

Thanks a lot for Feedback...

David Trey  staff
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 13:01 UTC

Hello Rainer,

Unfortunately, this is not in development right now. To make a feature like this possible and also have the option to support more date formats in general, we're working on rewriting our date parser. Once that's done, we'll be able to support dates such as "from [date] to [date]" and maybe also time-based duration.


Regards,
David

LH
Laura H
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 13:39 UTC

Hey David -

Just wanted to say THANK YOU for a straight answer RE the Task Duration feature requests. The past insistence on not giving any kind of "road map" as well as avoiding answering questions like this has been a strong factor in me looking to other software. It is very hard to trust a company that refuses to give any kind of answers on features in the works, future plans, etc.

I still love so much about Todoist, I keep checking back and really hope you guys will add the features that would allow it to meet my needs.

Smiles,
Laura

TP
Trish Putnam  premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 14:19 UTC

I heartily second Laura H. in every regard. Thanks, David - it gives me hope that I'll be able to actually move fully to Todoist eventually!

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Chris Ribal  premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 14:47 UTC

Guys, you're awesome. I'm also a web developer and i know about the efforts to develop an app like todoist. And i think you've done great upto this point.

Also i really wish that task durations feature, so i can plan my 10 hours day with all tasks that fit into that time frame. I'm really looking forward to it.

I totally agree with Laura H. The kind you guys work hand in hand with your users, is great and imho the only good way to build a software that fits into everyone's needs.

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Ishi
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 07:27 UTC

I use tdtimer for the moment, as Laura H showed before. It still works well on Chrome with Windows 8.1!

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Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 12:03 UTC

+1

The functionality described by Laurent Duchastel would fantastic.

That said, a baby step would be:
1) Add a new field BEFORE the date where effort could be entered in minutes, hours or days. (1m, 1h or 1day)
2) When the user clicks into the date field, the calendar would show the number of hours already allocated to that day just below the current display of the number of tasks.

There would be no filters or other Duchastel functionality.

That said what Duchastel described would be the goal.

Thoughts?

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Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 12:31 UTC

Thanks @Laura H

tdtimer works great! https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer

It works on Windows 8.1 and Chrome Version 38.0.2125.111 m

The only issue I've found is if a task was created from Outlook, then the task is not counted in the total. I am guessing this has something to do with the regex but I've not studied it yet. If I figure it out, I will post the update to github.

Very nifty

BQ
Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 15:35 UTC

Thanks again @Laura H and Beda!!


As an example of how one could implement Beda / Laura's solution:
Enter time as follows:
[.1] = 6 minutes (no leading zero)
[.2] = 12 minutes
[1.2] = 1 hour 12 minutes (1 in front)

The following filters help find tasks
--tasks with no duration:
!\[ & !\]

--tasks with duration of 6 minutes:
!\[.1\]

--tasks with duration of 18 minutes or less:
(!\[.1\]) | (!\[.2\]) | (!\[.3\])

I would much rather Todoist implement native support for this stuff BUT Beda/Laura's solution is so much better than I had yesterday I think I'm going to go play for a while.

Lukasz Kowalczyk  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 19:55 UTC

First, todoist is a great app with great integration. Other companies are catching up.

I agree, being able to assign times to a task is key. Especially surrounding integrated calendar apps such as Sunrise that add the task, but not in a slotted time.

Im currently using labels of 30 minute intervals.

Given the bulk of interest in this, I hope the devs pay attention.

Overall, keep up the great work!

Lukasz Kowalczyk  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 19:56 UTC

First, todoist is a great app with great integration. Other companies are catching up.

I agree, being able to assign times to a task is key. Especially surrounding integrated calendar apps such as Sunrise that add the task, but not in a slotted time.

Im currently using labels of 30 minute intervals.

Given the bulk of interest in this, I hope the devs pay attention.

Overall, keep up the great work!

Cedric  premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2014 - 09:42 UTC

+1000 for time estimating feature as well !

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Troy Brophy  premium
Replied on Nov 15, 2014 - 04:05 UTC

I'll add my +1 to this thread since I started a separate one.

I really like the Nirvana concept of Energy, and would also like to be able to filter tasks based on how much effort/energy is required to work on them, but I suppose I could use tags for that (not using tags for much else at this point).

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Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Nov 15, 2014 - 12:00 UTC

"The only issue I've found is if a task was created from Outlook, then the task is not counted in the total. I am guessing this has something to do with the regex but I've not studied it yet. If I figure it out, I will post the update to github."

This is resolved with the latest version of tdtimer

mdtyrrell
Replied on Nov 15, 2014 - 16:53 UTC

+1 for duration entry and estimating features!

JM
Jayson Miller  premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 01:56 UTC

+1 for duration.

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matej  premium
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 12:18 UTC

Thanks Laura H for pointing out the script Beda made.
I really miss this feature on my phone, but the web works for now. THANKS!

+1 for this request
I really hope to see this feature soon.

Cedric  premium
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 17:38 UTC

matej, have tried the script Beda on chrome 38 ? It doesn't work for me :-(

LH
Laura H
Replied on Nov 19, 2014 - 19:54 UTC

matej - Glad to hear it's helpful and working for you also.

Agree, I'd love to see Todoist implement this as native functionality!

cedrick - Chrome made changes so that only scripts from it's Chrome store would work. (much to my annoyance!) I have not been able to get the script to work on my Windows computer. (Not yet running Windows 8). Try the firefox version maybe?

Vincenzo Vecchio  premium
Replied on Nov 28, 2014 - 12:03 UTC

Any news on this?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Nov 28, 2014 - 12:50 UTC

Hello Vincenzo,

Unfortunately not yet. We're planning to rewrite our date parser, though, which will allow us to support more date formats and also implement new functionality such as durations.


Regards,
David

Lukasz Kowalczyk  premium
Replied on Dec 16, 2014 - 19:56 UTC

To the support team...
A new app named Timeful is truly inline with research based productivity concepts.
I am a dedicated user of ToDoist, but the lack of being able to time slot a task in the middle of the busy is a true deficiency. Timeful does this very nicely. Ive been using it and I am impresed.

Research based concepts such as IMPLEMENTATION INTENTIONS revolve around the principle that people need to see the possible obstacles throughout the day that impeded accomplishing certain tasks. Timeful list calendar integration fits directly inline with this concept. Its not enought to have a to do list, that list needs to fit into the rest of your schedule. Otherwise its doomed to fail

More so, TIMEFUL looks to help build in and schedule Habits, and these are essential in focus and productivity. Please see any number of cognitive studies from Art Markman to books like Habit by Andrew Duhiig to to see how essential the concept of building habits are to productivity.

ToDoist is great for making ToDo lists from anywhere, but it is lacking the true functionality of being integrated into the bigger picture of a person's day. Sunrise itegration is clunky and not in the same spirit as no true time can be assigned to the task

Please take this challenge on seriously as it is based on cognitive research and science of productivity. You will blow all other apps out ovf the water.

The competition is out there and it looks very good.
I know TODOIST team can do it better.

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Michel Olivès
Replied on Dec 16, 2014 - 23:53 UTC

I fully agree with Lukasz. I'm using too Timeful because, aside from his algorithm learning your habits and helping you to find the right time to fulfill them - a very good user experience - it allows you to set a time for every task and see if you can accomplish them in a day time long. This is a must for any task management app worth the name and the ToDoist major flaw. Pity.

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Trent Edwards
Replied on Dec 30, 2014 - 17:55 UTC

Wow!

I recently downloaded Todoist and was very geeked about it, although the lack of a time duration feature led me to this post.

I was about to spend time adding time increments into the label section, upgrade to premium and get my family on this platform, but:
- The lack of response for this feature over the past year is concerning
- The introduction to Timeful has made me pause.

This should not be taken as a threat. On the contrary, I am highly impressed with the Todoist group and your ability to build a great app connected to so many platforms. With a quick glance it appears Timeful isn't perfect either, so it looks like I'll be using both platforms for the near-term as I try to decide which is more valuable.

Any chance you could partner with them?

Happy holidays and good luck. I'm rooting for you.

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Ahmed Ismail  premium
Replied on Jan 04, 2015 - 20:43 UTC

I was excited about Todoist and signed up for the Premium version. After entering in hundreds of to dos, I realized how meaningless these would all be without a way to assign time to the tasks.

Please fix this QUICK--I would very much like to support your program and company.

Alberto Villa  premium
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 09:37 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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nat101
Replied on Jan 06, 2015 - 03:36 UTC

Please add my vote * 1000 for this feature.Maybe you don't need to rewrite the date parser.
Anyhow, while you are at it, please, pretty please, integrate Todoist with TimeCamp, a great time tracker. (TimeCamp currently integrates with Wunderlist.) So, we can have estimated task duration, and track actual duration automatically via TimeCamp.
As others pointed out, Karma really should include length of tasks, not only number of tasks.

Michał  premium
Replied on Jan 06, 2015 - 16:21 UTC

Any idea on when we can expect this feature ?

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nat101
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 16:25 UTC

Just noticed you integrate with Toggl. We are half way there!

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nat101
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 16:26 UTC

Just noticed you integrate with Toggl. We are half way there!

Michał  premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 17:19 UTC

How often do you refresh calendar feed? I can't see any changes after I changed date and time of task.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 17:22 UTC

Hi Michal,

Google will only update the feed once a day. This is due to the limitation they put on the iCal standard. Though we do hope to find and implement better solutions in the future.


Regards,
Brendon

Michał  premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 17:36 UTC

Hi Brendon,

thank you for your quick reply.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

BR,

Michal


Michał  premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 17:37 UTC

Hi Brendon,

thank you for your quick reply.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

BR,

Michal


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Bogdan
Replied on Jan 11, 2015 - 14:22 UTC

+1. It's a pity that I have to modify the task duration on sunrise calendar every day because todoist does not have this VITAL option. It's very time consuming without it.

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Sam Devaney
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 11:42 UTC

Yes, I need this!

The duration will need to sync to calendar feed too (i.e. if task is due at 3pm with a duration of 1 hour it should appear in my calendar from 3pm-4pm).

Tom Mansel  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 14:04 UTC

I'd like to add my voice to the hundreds of your customers - let me repeat that - YOUR CUSTOMERS - requesting this feature. It's clearly been needed for a while now, and while I'm impressed with ToDoist overall I would like to say the lack of responsiveness to requests for this functionality point to a certain level of arrogance on behalf of your team. It sends a message to us that you couldn't really care less.

BTW responding to continued functionality requests with smileys doesn't help.

If our software dev team ignored customer functionality requests to the same degree as you we would have no clients! Why not give us a month - or a quarter - in 2015 when this will be implemented?

Cordially but firmly,

Tom

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Bradatan Bogdan
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 14:30 UTC

I was a inch close to buy a Premium account but this issue made me worry because I need it badly so I will use Gqueues for one more year till this issue is resolved.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 14:30 UTC

Hello Tom,

We're sorry to hear that. If we don't know if and when a certain functionality is added, then we can't give you any estimate, unfortunately. We think that giving false dates would be very dishonest.

We are currently working on a new date parser and it will allow us to support more date formats than we do now, but again, we can't give you an estimate as we will not release it if it's not working correctly just to meet a certain promised deadline.


Regards,
David

Tom Mansel  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 14:43 UTC

David, thanks for your prompt response. I understand your reluctance to promise 'vapourware' to your customers. If you could email me when this duration functionality becomes available I would be grateful.
best,
Tom

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Michel Olivès
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 22:01 UTC

@DavidTrey Take your time guys; we have been waiting about this issue for a year long now... Shame on you.

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Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Jan 15, 2015 - 04:13 UTC

@DavidTrey - "We are currently working on a new date parser and it will allow us to support more date formats than we do now"

Could we do a crawl -> walk -> run implementation?

Look - I think Todoist is over engineering the request. I'm using Beda's script in Chrome. It is silly simple easy and does what I need it to do which is tell me how much effort (not duration) I've tasked for a given day.

My only challenge is Chrome disables the extension every time I reboot my box because it is not part of the Chrome store. I have to delete the script and re-add to Chrome after every reboot.

I think Todoist could post a silly simply solution for the users to debate for a bit and come up with something easy to implement.

Here goes my version:
1) Effort is number of hours expressed in decimal form. 1.1 = 1 hour and 6 minutes; 2.7 = 1 hour and 42 minutes.
2) Duration is the expected start and end date/times which by definition is always equal to or greater than effort. (example: 20 hours of effort may required 2 weeks of duration) Personally, I do not care about duration within todoist.
3) Effort should NOT be part of the date parser. The date parser is already overloaded and takes too long for people to master. Adding effort into the date parser will only further complicate; make a new field.
4) The first area I would like to see effort analysis is effort expressed in decimal form as the screen shot of Beda's script shows. This displays in Chrome and shows I have 6.6 hours of effort scheduled for tomorrow.
5) The second area I would like to see is when one is in the date field, the calendar displays with the number of tasks due. I would like to see the total effort expressed in the same color matix as the screen shot.

At minimum, would Todoist please ask Beda if he is ok with Todoist paying the $5 to get his extension into the Chrome store so we can use that?

Crawl -> Walk -> Run.

Ya'll need to do something about this quickly, it is getting a little silly...

MM
Markus Milde  premium
Replied on Jan 15, 2015 - 06:56 UTC

Thnaks to all Bills, Toms, Michaels, Albertos etc. for bringing the facts to the point and showing workarounds. You are talking straight to to the heart of it.
I really appreciate the existing Todoist features and I have very good experience with the support team, especially Brendon regarding knowledge and timely response. What I can't understand is that so many users ask so long for a new feature, define it in detail show the very need for it and will continously be ignored.
To go a step further ahead: I would spend my time helping to test the feature, including creating a test plan for at least my needs, which will pretty much cover a lot of the other guys needs as well. If there are more guys, the creation of the plan and testing could be spread. We are enough to do a very good job on that.
This feature would keep Todoist where I saw it the last year: ahead of the other Todo-List-Apps. I'd love to keep on with it, but I'll invest the premium fee somewhere else, too if another tool can provide that and a working engine for recurring events (thats a good point for Todoist)...

Cedric  premium
Replied on Jan 18, 2015 - 10:33 UTC

Hi,

TdTimer (https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer) is a great solution to add duration in Todoist, unfortunatly, until now, I couldn't use it with Chrome because of updates that block this kind of add-on.

But I have finally found a solution that works very well: by using the web browser "Torch" (http://www.torchbrowser.com/). It's based on Chronium, and all the Chrome features are available (add-on installation, google account connection, etc.), and TdTimer works very with it :-)

Enjoy Todoist ;-)


Cedric  premium
Replied on Jan 18, 2015 - 11:20 UTC

Hi,

TdTimer (https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer) is a great solution to add duration in Todoist, unfortunatly, until now, I couldn't use it with Chrome because of updates that block this kind of add-on.

But I have finally found a solution that works very well: by using the web browser "Torch" (http://www.torchbrowser.com/). It's based on Chronium, and all the Chrome features are available (add-on installation, google account connection, etc.), and TdTimer works very with it :-)

Enjoy Todoist ;-)


Håkan MacLean
Replied on Jan 22, 2015 - 21:19 UTC

+1 from me too!

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Uwe  premium
Replied on Jan 23, 2015 - 17:07 UTC

Status on that age old request? Like to use it!

+10

Renovaweb  premium
Replied on Jan 24, 2015 - 15:36 UTC

+1

KF
Kimberly Felton
Replied on Jan 24, 2015 - 19:28 UTC

Please add duration. It helps with planning and if you could pull it through to the google calendar, that would make it so much more efficient.

KF
Kimberly Felton
Replied on Jan 24, 2015 - 19:28 UTC

Please add duration. It helps with planning and if you could pull it through to the google calendar, that would make it so much more efficient.

Michał  premium
Replied on Jan 24, 2015 - 21:42 UTC

Two ways synchro in existing events would be a great thing. I mean when I add something in Todoist and then move or extend time of that event in google calendar, then Todoist can see that and adjust time within the task.

Ivan Printis  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 14:58 UTC

+1

Ivan Printis  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 14:58 UTC

+1

Håkan MacLean
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 14:59 UTC

Has anyone here got TDTimer to work with Todoist and Chrome as of 2015? I just tried installing it but nothing happens.

Renovaweb  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 16:08 UTC

Not working for me TD Timer neither Chrome or Firefox.

LH
Laura H
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 16:59 UTC

Since TDTimer is "not an extension from the Chrome store", Google disables it (for your own protection of course, *sigh*.)

You can get it working again by adding a plug in specifically designed to let you run "unofficial" extensions. I've been using TamperMonkey. Works fine on my mac and pc running Chrome.

Renovaweb  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 17:41 UTC

OK TDTimer is working. It was not so easy, but I explain what I did on my Mac 10.9.5 Chrome 39.0.2171.x.x
Sorry I speaks french so my browser is french and my head too - damn frenchies :-)

1. Installe TamperMonkey for Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tampermonkey/dhdgffkkebhmkfjojejmpbldmpobfkfo?hl=fr

2. I run extensions in 'developper' mode, so got o Chrome/preferences/Extensions and select Developper mode at the top

3. Click on the tampermonkey icon in icons bar and be sure it's running and select 'add script"

4. Write a name for the scrip at the top and copy-past the content of the tdtimer into the window (erasing everything) and save (the little floppy) https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer/blob/master/tdtimer.user.js

5. close/restart Chrome

6. Go to https://todoist.com and you should see the timer at the window or days or projects ...

Good luck!!

Sylvain - Wordpress and SEO
https://renovaweb.ca

Renovaweb  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 17:44 UTC

Sorry I forgot to thanks
Laura H
Bill Quinn
Cedric

Renovaweb  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 17:45 UTC

Sorry I forgot to thanks
Laura H
Bill Quinn
Cedric

KF
Kimberly Felton
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 22:02 UTC

I don't have a mac. Will this be a problem. And btw, I love your
language.

BW
Brennan White  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 22:13 UTC

+1 This NEEDs to happen. Most of the people commenting here are premium users and they are talking about going to a different app for this functionality. That's no bueno staff.

LH
Laura H
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 22:18 UTC

@Renovaweb - thank you for providing instructions to folks for setting up Tampermonkey and TD Timer. I had done it a few months ago and while I knew it wasn't super straight forward - I couldn't remember exactly what I'd done.

@Kimberly Felton - Using TamperMonkey (and the instructions Renova graciously wrote out) the TD Timer script works fine on my PC with Chome as well.

Håkan MacLean
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 09:27 UTC

@Renovaweb Thank you so much for posting this!!! Installing via Tampermonkey worked (at least in Chrome).

If I was better at JS I'l like to create a new version that sums the tasks of each "parent" task as well, not just entire projects :).

Now I guess we just have to wait for Todoist to implement this...

Håkan MacLean
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 09:28 UTC

@Renovaweb Thank you so much for posting this!!! Installing via Tampermonkey worked (at least in Chrome).

If I was better at JS I'l like to create a new version that sums the tasks of each "parent" task as well, not just entire projects :).

Now I guess we just have to wait for Todoist to implement this...

Håkan MacLean
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 09:28 UTC

@Renovaweb Thank you so much for posting this!!! Installing via Tampermonkey worked (at least in Chrome).

If I was better at JS I'l like to create a new version that sums the tasks of each "parent" task as well, not just entire projects :).

Now I guess we just have to wait for Todoist to implement this...

Renovaweb  premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 13:52 UTC

Cool !

MC
Matthew Cockrell  premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 15:34 UTC

+1

BC
Bryan Chan  premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 16:17 UTC

Duration feature is much needed

BC
Bryan Chan  premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 16:17 UTC

Duration feature is much needed

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Erik Wennerstrom
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 16:29 UTC

I want to echo the sentiments for the task duration feature. I hope it is something you are working on. Until then, I will set up labels with time duration. I use estimated duration to not only schedule tasks during the day but also to quickly glance at my to-do list when I find myself with "extra time" due to meetings ending early or other items not taking as long as anticipated. If I find myself with 10 extra minutes between events, I can see right away if there are any tasks I think I can get done in those ten minutes.

Please include this in your road map.

Paweł  premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 17:53 UTC

+1

BQ
Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 22:19 UTC

@Erik - give the tdtimer / TamperMonkey combo on Chrome a try. I've been using it daily since November 1 2014 and it works quite well.

EW
Erik Wennerstrom
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 23:55 UTC

Bill, thanks. I will look into it.

EW
Erik Wennerstrom
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 23:56 UTC

Bill, thanks. I will look into it.

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Daniel  premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 09:42 UTC

I want to can add a time for tasks too. Now I am using labels for it, but i prefer if you integrate it in todoist.

JF
Jacqueline Förster  premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 20:26 UTC

+1 Couldn't agree more. The task duration is essential for Todoist. As much as I like the tool, if you couldn't come across with this function I'll need to look for something else. Which would be a pity because I very much like the clean look & feed. Please hurry up with this thing! Thank you in advance!

Danny King  premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 11:09 UTC

+1 for task time estimates. Come on guys.

BQ
Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 14:52 UTC

@Laura H & @Renovaweb

Thank you for the tip on Tampermonkey. It makes tdtimer so much easier to use in Chrome!

That said - @todoist would someone update the community as to if this functionality will be included in todoist in the next 12 months? I really like todoist and I doubt I would switch to a different platform because of duration not being native. However - I don't want to continue to think this will be added in the next 12 months if it will not.

12 months from today is February 1 2016

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 14:56 UTC

Hello Bill,

Unfortunately, we don't know. We usually don't create detailed roadmaps, especially long-term to stay flexible and add features and improvements based on many factors incl. of course our users' feedback.

Right now we are working on a brand new date parser which will allow us to support much more date formats than we do now and hopefully it will be the first step towards implementing task durations or "from to" or "until" dates, but again, we can't give you any estimates if, when and in what exact form would something like this be implemented at this point.


Regards,
David

LH
Laura H
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 15:53 UTC

Hey David -

Thanks for the update.

It's been said before in the forums that you are working on this new date parser, and "hopefully it will allow..."

Based on the feedback in this forum - could I suggest that the development team consider the ability to add task duration as a key feature of what a successful "new date parser" needs to allow?

Thanks for considering.

Smiles,
Laura

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Michel Olivès
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 16:31 UTC

When I read David answer, I know it's no use to wait for that feature to be implemented. They are working on a "brand new date parser" and they are not able to take advantage of it to implement task duration... It's smelling no good for us. By the way, how many customers asked for a "brand new date parser" and how many asked for task duration? And for how long - more than one year for us...?
The first to find a new task management app with this feature is strongly encouraged to share it with us ;)
Regards to all

Michel

Pascal Zweipfenning  premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 17:39 UTC

Toodledo does have it.

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Michel Olivès
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 18:15 UTC

Yes Pascal but it's not appealing at all; it looks like an Excel sheet ... ;)

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Erik Wennerstrom
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 21:25 UTC

All I am looking for is a field that will let me input how long a task is expected to take in minutes. I can then run a filter against that information to see my 5 min tasks, 10 min tasks, etc. This should not require a date parser.

Remember The Milk has this feature. They don't have Project views though which I want and their mobile apps are not that impressive.

S.E. SEVER  premium
Replied on Jan 31, 2015 - 01:52 UTC

I really hope you'll include this functionality at some point soon. It would help a lot with allocating tasks to each day.

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iswalker  premium
Replied on Jan 31, 2015 - 17:49 UTC

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)

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iswalker  premium
Replied on Jan 31, 2015 - 17:50 UTC

instructions for installation are on his Github page mentioned above.

Todoist FTW.

icetrap84  premium
Replied on Feb 03, 2015 - 17:47 UTC

+1
Task Duration is necessary in order to getting things done.

BQ
Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on Feb 03, 2015 - 18:56 UTC

@David Trey - well - i hope ya'll know what you are doing on the parser; it is hard enough to master as it is. don't really understand the delay on duration.

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Леонид  premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2015 - 08:24 UTC

+1
Task Duration - this feature is really lacking....

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Igor  premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2015 - 12:20 UTC

You can throw something at me, but...

I assume that even that feature won't be implemented.

MM
Markus Milde  premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2015 - 12:31 UTC

sorry to see that there seems to happen nothing that could point to a change for that. I tested other tools and will switch to toodledo. There are several things Todoist is better in, but considering planning and relevant information tracking it suits me much better. what a pitty to leave the clean and modern style, subfolder management, karma and direct Outlook/Gmail integration behind. It's a shame.

Hugo Cerqueira  premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 09:16 UTC

Another one requesting this feature, I use also sunrise calendar and it is a pity I can not put a duration in my tasks so i can view the overview of the day in the calendar.
Please add it.

OA
Onur Arslanoglu  premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 09:20 UTC

Lack of this feature is really affecting my workflow, combined with the issues when searching for emails in the Outlook add-in I think I'll ask for a refund as nothing seems to progress.

Pasqual  premium
Replied on Feb 15, 2015 - 19:44 UTC

In the meanwhile we are waiting for a native solution, I'm happy to say thanks to the developer of https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer

It's a great solution I'm trying it with windows and chrome.

It fits great with todoist desktop, is so usable and not at all invasive.

Thanks !

dave.oien  premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 16:03 UTC

Wow! It appears in no way is task-duration-control a priority! What is the hold up team? - I'm beginning to regret my decision to become so heavily invested in my ToDoist subscription...any chance I can get a refund?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 16:39 UTC

Hi Dave,

We are very sorry about that! We are now working on improving our date parser which will include more options, though we can't provide an ETA yet.

As for refunds, we are able to refund payments made within the last 30 days (except payments made through Apple).


Regards,
Galina

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njrworking  premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 15:17 UTC

I am with all others. Bought the premium version in hopes that they were serious about developing this. Feel like a chump. I am not tech savvy to do workarounds and purchase these products so that I don't have to do that work. I will be looking around. Timeful seems to be a good alternative, according to previous posts. Other ideas?

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njrworking  premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2015 - 15:17 UTC

I am with all others. Bought the premium version in hopes that they were serious about developing this. Feel like a chump. I am not tech savvy to do workarounds and purchase these products so that I don't have to do that work. I will be looking around. Timeful seems to be a good alternative, according to previous posts. Other ideas?

HJ
Heikki Jussila
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 17:41 UTC

This would be great, I always write the estimate before my task name, but then it can't count the full estimation of all tasks today (or all in a project etc)

Also if this could be integrated into a calendar view, where you could easily move tasks between dates and that way easily e.g. plan your next week's schedule

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mehulphy  premium
Replied on Feb 26, 2015 - 18:56 UTC

+10^10 for the feature

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Weekist
Replied on Mar 08, 2015 - 18:33 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.

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Igor  premium
Replied on Mar 08, 2015 - 18:49 UTC

@Weekist, hi.

Looks good, but unfortunately it's only for web version, but the power of Todoist is in platformless stuff :(
Nevertheless, thanks for work.

matze0802  premium
Replied on Mar 10, 2015 - 08:31 UTC
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Weekist
Replied on Mar 10, 2015 - 18:22 UTC

Yes, you're right it is just an extension for Chrome, a workaround until the functionality is implemented in Todoist. To be honest I don't know why it's taking so long to do it, they argue they are working on their parser but they could use something like http://www.datejs.com/ until they have their own parser ready.

matze0802  premium
Replied on Mar 10, 2015 - 19:58 UTC

Yes, you are right, too? On the other side, a good solution should takes some time. I have seen many apps which started very well, but become worse, because they implemented too much features. But I hope this is not the case in TODOIST, because it is my favorite today.

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Danielle
Replied on Mar 13, 2015 - 20:28 UTC

I'm new to Todoist and do appreciate the ease of use, especially that I can integrate with Sunrise and see everything going on in my life...that being said, the integration with Sunrise (and I'm sure other calendar apps) is moot if I can't set the task duration. I don't need a date parser, I need to set how long an activity will take.

I'm currently using IFTTT to move my TD tasks to Google calendar, but I'm questioning why not just put everything in Google Calendar in the first place.

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an.pricope  premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2015 - 13:01 UTC

hi
is the feature with duration per task available? was it implemented? it is really needed in order to manage the activities. looking forward for your answer.thank you

Pavel Chernykh  premium
Replied on Mar 23, 2015 - 10:59 UTC

(+1)

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Chris Heys  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 22:15 UTC

Requested please.

Serge  premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2015 - 11:37 UTC

+1 I'm afraid I won't renew my premium account without duration feature :(

I have lot of tasks, each with "duration" and "start date". I'd like to see all my current tasks with "time left" indicator. I don't want create new project for each "multi-day task" — it would be too tiring. I don't think my case requires heavy project management solution (s.a. MSProject, Merlin, OmniProject etc) — just add "duration" field and make "time left" indicator please. It will be great if you add calendar view for all current tasks ;)

Best regards, Serge

killua_hzl  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 10:09 UTC

Is this feature in your product's road map?

RS
Rui Simoes  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 10:55 UTC

Thought about switching to Todoist but Toodledo has this feature and more....

Michał  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 11:26 UTC

Rui have you tried todoledo yet? It looks promising.

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Rui Simoes  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 11:39 UTC

yes Michal , Gold Subscription ,
I am using for a year now, try to change because of my wife but ... todoist is 10% of todledo, start date, due date with due on/due by/....., , context, goal, folder project, habits, notebook, Outlines, lists ..... amazing :P

josh.wilson  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 13:15 UTC

I tried using this feature in Doit.im for a while but I just ended up spending way more time setting up my lists that I could've used just getting stuff done. There's no functional advantage to knowing if you thought something would take 11 minutes or 19 minutes when you're looking at your list to decide what to do "right now". So you just end up just using broad estimates. 10 mins. 30 mins. 2 hours. It's super easy to do this same thing with 2 or 3 tags like @short, @medium, @long, or whatever language you want to use. Then you can even create custom filters to cross reference those tags with projects, locations, or due date. An example would be "Short work tasks due by the end of the week." That's a way easier list to sort through than comparing all the time estimates to how much time you think you have before your boss shows up to go to a meeting. Having all the time estimates is just too much to look at. And going back and entering in all the times isn't a great use of my time at the end of the day.

matze0802  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 14:37 UTC

(+1)

I will try it, Josh.

Michał  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 14:46 UTC

Josh, you may be right in some cases. In my I just add tasks to do and then have a look at my calendar to see how my schedule looks like. With your approach sending Invitation for a meeting (or confirmation), takes in my calendar 1h just like 4h BOD meeting. Things go even worse when you share your calendar and make people read every event desc (BOD meeting 4h).

BR,

MS

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Danielle
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 14:58 UTC

@Josh, Fair point.


But I'm using my premium membership solely to refer to the productivity charts when I need to report out what work I've completed (ex. to report what percentage of time I spend on each project for billing/allocation purposes). If I do 100 short tasks for project X and 50 long tasks for project Y. Those charts don't accurately report my time/productivity. So paying doesn't work for me.

Also if you integrate Todoist into a calendar like Sunrise, 1hr chunks of time throughout you calendar for items that take more or less than that, is fruitless.

josh.wilson  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 15:06 UTC

Danielle,

I'm just a user, but I don't think ToDoist, or any other GTD task management software is meant to be used as an invoicing system.

Also, you shouldn't put tasks in your calendar. Only appointments. You'll never be happy trying to put tasks in your calendar because it will always be changing as things come up throughout the day.

Michael,

I'm not really following you. Sorry. : /

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Danielle
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 15:21 UTC

Sorry I wasn't clear - I'm not using it to specifically bill anyone - I understand it's not meant for that. I'd like to refer to the productivity charts in the premium account to review what percentage of my time was used completing tasks for each work project.

Good point on the calendar. I include meetings on my Todist and then just integrated that into my calendar, but you're right, with changing tasks it can become messy.

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Cynthia  premium
Replied on Apr 16, 2015 - 10:03 UTC

+100 for task duration.. This is a fundamental component of GTD methodology. Being able to filter / action tasks according to time-available (15 minute gap between meetings, in a taxi for 5 minutes, focus for 4 hours) etc.

Date duration is a calendar function.. task duration is a GTD & task orientated function.

As mentioned above, perhaps don't try to reinvent the wheel... a long time waiting for the new date/time changes from you guys, but INSTEAD: just add time estimate/ 'duration' field!!!

A duration field would result in a searchable item in the filters for us the customers... so that at least we could filter by 5minute, 30 minute, 3 hour tasks...

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ToDoer  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 13:02 UTC

+1

Lukasz Kowalczyk  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 13:53 UTC

I can certainly respect that the team has made a calculated business decision to ignore this request in favor of other requests. As with all decisions, you cant make everyone happy. I fall into the "not happy" camp.

Pocket Informant integrated with Toodledo provides highly robust functionality that Im totally willing to pay for. It includes a unified calendar and task view complete with duration. Additionally there is email integration with gmail via the toodeldo bookmark applet.

I have done my best to be patient, but ToDoist is not meeting my productivity needs and other apps are.

Good luck to the team. I will be checking in to see if these features get added to make your product more competitive.

josh.wilson  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 14:36 UTC

I disagree with the Dr. and others who need this feature for a more "robust functionality". You can't look at your tasks and your email and your calendar and your client list and your next meeting agenda and calculate how much time you have immediately available compared to how much time you scheduled for every task all at the same time, even if you do manage to cram them all into one screen. Meetings aren't tasks. Your calendar is for appointments. Your task list is for actions.

Also, you're not Getting Things Done if you spend more time organizing what you have to do than you actually spend doing it. You stay orginized to get work done. You don't work so you can say you're organized. Make three or four tags for common blocks of time and put one on every task. Then you can filter them by project or context or however else you want to.

Lee Herman  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 17:03 UTC

+1

Josh, I totally agree that calendar is for appointment and task list is for actions. And if reviews are being done properly, what needs to be done next is known based on priorities and for some things due dates.

One of the ways for getting things done is to make appointments with oneself to do tasks that need chunks of time. Scheduling the day to get the key things done, especially those with short deadlines, depends on estimating the time the tasks will take so that a realistic number of tasks get scheduled for the day.

Being able to capture estimated times for tasks with the task would be extremely helpful to this process and, in my mind, is consistent with GTD when used this way.

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Cynthia  premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 02:40 UTC

sorry Josh, a bit unclear: is your comment a +1 or a -1? :)

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seila191  premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 13:06 UTC

+1 to this function. I believe that any productivity method uses task duration. Is this being developed? Is there a prediction to release this function? Sorry for my bad english

josh.wilson  premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 15:12 UTC

Cynthia,

My thought is you can already do this with a few tags. You're wasting your time if you're trying to figure out if a task will be 11 minutes or 17 minutes.

In your day you have gaps of about 10 minutes, about 30 minutes, or however your day breaks down. If you have more time than about an hour, you can start working on whatever you want and make good progress. Make some tags for the times you have available and start getting stuff done.

It's not a good use of my time or energy to constantly be calculating and estimating precise times for every single task and comparing that to the exact amount of time I think I have right now, as long as no one comes in or calls with a question. It's "about 5 minutes" or "probably half an hour." The goal is to get work done, not stay organized. You stay organized to get work done. ToDoist makes it really easy to focus on your work.

I think people are exaggerating how important this hyper precision task duration feature is, when you can already knock it out of the park day after day with tags that you can sort and filter and search. I don't want all the "task duration" exact times info adding more to my list than I can actually process throughout the day when I'm just trying to get as much work done as I can. Besides that, the most you could do with exact task duration times is sort ascending or descending. You couldn't filter or search without using complicated formulas that you'd have to change pretty much every time you're looking for the right task. Task = due today and < 1hour but > 10 minutes. Or I guess you could search for the exact amount of time you think you have right now and hope that you had assigned that exact amount of time to a task already. Anyway, you can see how fast it gets more complicated than is actually helpful to just getting things done.

Hope this clarifies what I was trying to say. Best wishes.

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njrworking  premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 15:21 UTC

This was really helpful. I am not particularly good at all this organization stuff but being able to tag the tasks that take 15 minutes of less or more or other slices of times makes such great sense. When I have an open slot, I can search for those smaller things and they won't get lost in my day.

Does anyone have thoughts about which calendar integration is the best to work with Todoist. Currently using Sunrise but not overly happy about it.

matze0802  premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 15:27 UTC

Thx Josh. Really a fruitful discussion ;)

LH
Laura H
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 17:45 UTC

Hey Josh -

I can appreciate what you are saying: If folk are wanting a duration feature to exactly plan their day to the minute, that is a waste of time.

However, the feature I am looking for can NOT be accomplished with tags as you describe. I do not attempt to plan my day down to the minute at all, but my life and work right now is such that I'm not looking for 15 min chunks of downtime in the day. Instead, I have an entire open day in front of me (most of the time) and am trying to make a plan for how to use that time.

It is extremely helpful for me to be able to add tasks to my "Today" list, and have the tdtimer total the tasks on the list. I am not trying to plug these into a calendar. I simply love seeing a total of my day. This helps me be realistic about my plans. I've often struggled in the past because i put to many things on my list and at the end of the day have accomplished so few of them. Having a task duration feature that totals the time estimate on my tasks helps me be realistic and not schedule 19 hours of work in an 8 hour day. (I'm usually pretty good at estimating time on individual tasks, the breakdown for me happens in totally them... so seeing the total on my day is a HUGE help!)

TDTimer has been a huge help - yet only works on the web. I would really love to see this feature as native Todoist functionality and available on all their platforms.

Smiles,
Laura



Lee Herman  premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 18:49 UTC

Thanks for that, Laura. That's exactly what I was thinking about in my comment earlier in the thread. Since I routinely try to schedule 19 hours of work in an 8 hour day, starting to put estimates on the larger tasks and track them would be a huge help instead of trying to do that mentally after the fact.

Are you using TDTimer in conjunction with Todoist?

Lee ^_^

LH
Laura H
Replied on Apr 18, 2015 - 19:06 UTC

Hey Lee -

Yes, I am using TD timer. It works perfectly for what I need currently. It's a script specifically designed to work with Todoist:
https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer

You simply enter your time estimate in the task line: [1] = 1 hr, [.5] = 30min, etc. Then the script will show the total in the section header. You can see more information further up this thread.

Basically: This is not an official "chrome store" script, so you need to install an extension to allow you to run "unofficial" scripts. I'm using TamperMonkey.


@RenovaWeb (above) wrote out instruction's for getting it set up. I'm simply copying his thread from above here so it's easier to find:

OK TDTimer is working. It was not so easy, but I explain what I did on my Mac 10.9.5 Chrome 39.0.2171.x.x
Sorry I speaks french so my browser is french and my head too - damn frenchies

1. Installe TamperMonkey for Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tampermonkey/dhdgffkkebhmkfjojejmpbldmpobfkfo?hl=fr

2. I run extensions in 'developper' mode, so got o Chrome/preferences/Extensions and select Developper mode at the top

3. Click on the tampermonkey icon in icons bar and be sure it's running and select 'add script"

4. Write a name for the scrip at the top and copy-past the content of the tdtimer into the window (erasing everything) and save (the little floppy) https://github.com/beda42/tdtimer/blob/master/tdtimer.user.js

5. close/restart Chrome

6. Go to https://todoist.com and you should see the timer at the window or days or projects ...

Good luck!!

Sylvain - Wordpress and SEO
https://renovaweb.ca

josh.wilson  premium
Replied on Apr 19, 2015 - 01:57 UTC

Lol. I don't know many people that try to schedule 19 hours of work into one day without knowing there's no way they could do all that in a single day. Most people that have that much work have personal assistants. If I ever did have that much work that HAD to be done in one day, I wouldn't have any choice but to get it done anyway, no matter how much time I had allowed for each task. So it wouldn't matter if I was accurate with the estimates or not. If some of it could wait until tomorrow, I would have to sort through it by priority, not by estimated completion time.

The point of time estimates are so you can pick a good task for the amount of time and energy you have available, right now, before your boss comes for the next meeting or your lunch delivery shows up. Choosing tasks for today is based on priority. Everybody has a hundred tasks they could try to fit into their today list if they wanted to. My whole point is that this all gets way too complicated with minute by minute estimates. Task management shouldn't be any more complicated than it HAS to be.

Lee Herman  premium
Replied on Apr 20, 2015 - 02:16 UTC

:-) Josh, I don't ever TRY to schedule 19 hours of work into one day. However, not all my deadlines are of my making nor do things necessarily fit into the available time implied by the deadlines. In the same spirit of planning and understanding in Laura's earlier post, I'm interested in tracking estimates of task durations so that when I'm trying to schedule things that are time critical on to a day, I see the 19 hours of work before I actually do try to schedule them into the day. The sooner I see that, the better I can go negotiate deadlines and get them to match what realistically can be done.

CH
Chris Heys  premium
Replied on Apr 20, 2015 - 06:36 UTC

For me, having a duration field gets one step closer to my dream task
management - where I can use a calendar program, such as Sunrise (or one
day built in to Todoist) to 'shuffle' tasks - dragging and dropping tasks
around a calendar. Sometimes this would be in response to changing
circumstances, but also to see just how busy or quiet a given day/week is
and re-schedule items as needed.
I find Todoist absolutely fantastic for recording, mapping and structuring
tasks and projects, but poor at visual scheduling. This is where a 2-way
calendar sync comes in, and a duration field is a pre-requisite to that for
my use case. I'm sure there would be others who would use the same/similar
configuration too.

TK
Trifon Kostov  premium
Replied on Apr 20, 2015 - 20:24 UTC

+1 for task duration implemented in Todoist

Lee Herman  premium
Replied on Apr 21, 2015 - 01:09 UTC

+1 for task duration implemented in Todoist and +1 for two-way calendar sync of Todoist tasks per Chris's suggestion above. Though a complex issue to think through - I may have a task that is going to take 8 hours to complete, but I won't get to do it in one continuous period of time (which would be what would appear on the calendar if I scheduled by duration).

Artem Snopkov  premium
Replied on Apr 23, 2015 - 05:40 UTC

+1 for task duration implemented in Todoist

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Jon  premium
Replied on Apr 25, 2015 - 23:44 UTC

Add yet another premium user to the list of those who need a duration. My goal is simply to see how much time I've dedicated to my projects each day, rather than how many tasks were completed as I can see now.

It doesn't require re-writing of the date parser. Just put in a new field where I can enter in minutes/hours, then allow me to see the graph based on time rather than task count.

I'm a new user and I love the product so far. But, it is a little bit frustrating to know that the feature was requested starting 15 months ago by well over 100 users (mostly premium) and still isn't there. Help us out.

Pavel Lechev  premium
Replied on Apr 26, 2015 - 21:09 UTC

459 days since David's response and no duration in tasks ?!?

C'mon guys - can't be that hard of a feature to add it to otherwise a great app!!

Martin Hložek  premium
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 08:59 UTC

+1

Brian J. McGinnis  premium
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 19:36 UTC

+1 for durations on tasks!

LH
Laura H
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 20:24 UTC

Continuing to be frustrated by the, "We will consider it for future updates," response, I decided to do some research and see what kinds of features have shown up in past Todoist updates.

The answer is very revealing: https://todoist.com/Support/show/79953/

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Dilan
Replied on Apr 30, 2015 - 04:34 UTC

My premium account just expired. I'm too thinking of not renewing it as there is not real value addition.

Pavel Chernykh  premium
Replied on Apr 30, 2015 - 09:33 UTC

Guys, please, add duration field. No special logic, just for proper calendar synchronisation. It would be enough for me. Thanks.

LH
Laura H
Replied on Apr 30, 2015 - 15:17 UTC

That's what I decided Dilan. They keep adding support for new gizmos, but the core usability and feature set has not been updated, regardless of how many users request additions.

I don't care about having Todoist an the Apple Watch... I would like to add duration to my tasks (per this thread), change the color of the priorities, or view filtered tasks sorted how I want, or have some way to designate "Next Actions"... among other things.

However, as my looking back at Todoist's update history clearly showed - https://todoist.com/Support/show/79953/ - the product has not really added any features since 2013. Not sure why we should expect that to change.

DK
David Koski  premium
Replied on Apr 30, 2015 - 23:03 UTC

+1 for task duration

MO
Michel Olivès
Replied on May 01, 2015 - 11:03 UTC

I did the same as Dilan and Laura; I didn't renew my premium subscription.

Serge  premium
Replied on May 01, 2015 - 11:20 UTC

+1 to Michel, Dilan and Laura.. Unfortunately we have only choice to motivate these guys.

TP
Trish Putnam  premium
Replied on May 01, 2015 - 14:20 UTC

I'm not renewing mine, either. Todoist had a lot of potential, but it's an epic fail in terms of hearing customer needs and doing something about them.

BQ
Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on May 04, 2015 - 16:34 UTC

this thread is pointless :-(

there is something they know that we do not, for some reason this feature is too hard for them to implement.

Tomasz  premium
Replied on May 04, 2015 - 21:14 UTC

Add the time ... definitely miss it ...

Serge  premium
Replied on May 05, 2015 - 09:41 UTC

Bill Quinn: Development for 12 different platforms aren't too hard for you, but one additional field with no special logic is too hard to implement. Okay, I've got it.

BQ
Bill Quinn  premium
Replied on May 05, 2015 - 10:23 UTC

Serge: It perplexes me too; the addition of the duration fields seems like it would be straightforward.

My comment "this thread is pointless" was made out of frustration. This thread has been open since January 2014, I joined the discussion in November 2014. I would like Todoist to either say "it is on the list for x.xx release or to formally state this will not be implemented"

It is either too technically complex to implement OR there are not enough users wanting the feature.

Completely puzzled why todoist is not addressing this thread.

D
Dilan
Replied on May 05, 2015 - 10:35 UTC

Yes, they are not bothered about the real user needs. However, when the premium account expires, there are enough and more emails to remind you to pay for it. Sorry, not spending money for Todoist anymore. In the process of moving to another task manager.

carlo.mojica  premium
Replied on May 08, 2015 - 11:07 UTC

I shifted from Toodledo to Todoist because of the better UI. But at least Toodledo has start and end time.

Emily Bieber  premium
Replied on May 08, 2015 - 17:28 UTC

Yes, please add the option to set task duration.

Iyad El-Baghdadi  premium
Replied on May 11, 2015 - 12:27 UTC

It's ridiculous that this thread was started over a year ago and to date nothing has been done about this, except vague promises. The development team is not taking this seriously and to me, it's like a slap in the face. I'm a premium subscriber but have all but stopped using Todoist due to this.

RS
Rui Simoes  premium
Replied on May 11, 2015 - 12:57 UTC

I shifted from Toodledo to Todoist , better ui but.... only better UI :(

basrikartal  premium
Replied on May 23, 2015 - 01:02 UTC

Have a look at this again:

------ TASK DURATION -----

Michel Olivès - Asked on Oca 23, 2014 - 16:27 UTC

"It's a real pity that you didn't set the task duration function in your new release! We are asking for it for a long time... ..."

--------- RESPONSE----------

David Trey STAFF - Replied on Oca 23, 2014 - 17:58 UTC

Hello Michel,
We're sorry to hear that. We'll consider adding this feature in future updates.
Best regards,
David


It is hard to believe that still there is not any progress on this feature even after 1,5 years! Just hoping that you do this soon!

Iyad El-Baghdadi  premium
Replied on May 23, 2015 - 06:49 UTC

I think by now it's safe to assume there are no plans to do this, and we as users shouldn't expect it any time in the future, which means the search continues for the perfect to-do management software (and I can kiss my premium subscription goodbye).

Emily Bieber  premium
Replied on May 23, 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Sadly I agree - folks have been asking for this for sometime now

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Weekist
Replied on May 23, 2015 - 08:29 UTC

If you plan your tasks using a calendar I would recommend you to use this workaround:

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

It's not the perfect solution but it works and it has the advantage that you can specify the duration of the tasks using natural language.

josh.wilson  premium
Replied on May 23, 2015 - 17:19 UTC

If you're putting tasks in a calendar, then just use a calendar.

The whole point of a GTD system is taking advantage of the gaps in your day that aren't planned. If you've got 15 minutes befor a lunch appointment and you have your phone, you can check your list to remind you what calls you wanted to make this week or today. If you need to make a call at or before a certain time, then set a reminder.