I have a list of tasks on Gmail tasks. How can I import these? When I created the account I used the google account information but it did not import the tasks.
We do not sync/import with any other service at this time. You can use the Premium feature of Templates (wrench icon top right within the project, export as template/import) but that is a simple TXT file. You would need to formate it as 1 line - 1 task
We will consider adding more import features in the future.
+1 for Import
In a service I used to use it supported task import by sending an email to your account.
I would use Excel to generate a big list of tasks.
Dates were calculated, task names were generated then I'd format it for the email and so quickly I could populate dozens of task with their dates, importance, which list (project) they belonged to, etc. It was epic and saved probably hours of input per month.
You can send tasks via email to Todoist. Right-click on any project and go to "Email tasks to this project" for more details about this feature and the unique email address for this project :-)
The point of emailing tasks used to be the ability to add a task when your task manager was out of reach.
Todoist (and good job on this!) is already just about everywhere.
The point is to add a large number of tasks at once.
I generate dozens and dozens of tasks in a spreadsheet but I don't use todoist for them as the benefit wouldn't outweigh the work to do it so there they sit and are managed.
Please change the format so that multiple tasks can be in the body of the email
It's just an extra step in its current format.
If you want to import tasks from a spreadsheet, you can also copy/paste them to a TXT file, and import as a template. One line in this document will become one task.
Thanks. This looks very promising but I see no help on the topic.
Where can I read about all the syntax for these templates?
There is no documentation for it, but you can create a project, add one task to it with a note a label and a date and then export it - you'll see how it's formatted in the TXT file :-) We'll consider creating documentation for it in the future.
Can this be done from within a mobile TD app (iOS in my case), or does one have to use the web interface to import a list of tasks?
Our importing option is currently only available on the web-version of Todoist.
Here is a workaround for Google Tasks:
- Select print in one of your task lists in Google tasks
- Select all of the text on the printing page
- Copy paste that into a text document
- Import this as a template into Todoist (only available in Premium)
- This imports only the text, but not due dates etc.
- The import of Todoist cuts the strings at any special character, like ü ö ä etc. Perhaps that at least could be solved by the staff
https://todoport.com worked for me. Thanks Chris!
Welcome! I will say the vast majority of usage of Todoport is people moving into Todoist - a testament to Todoist's user experience :-)
I'm pretty pleased with the Import template function for pulling in a list of tasks - took a file listing and updated an exported template with the list and pasted labels and due dates and pulled them all in successfully. I will probably use this for entering tasks for new large projects as it is much faster than the modal interfaces in Todoist. I have to agree with Frank that a simple help file as a syntax reference would be helpful.
Without a simple import function I will stick to Google Tasks, as tedious as GT is.
Roy - I'm not sure what you are finding not simple about the import function - it's just a text file. If you export a project with tasks with the various fields (date, priority, labels), it's easy to see the format of the text files and create them in a simple text editor. Really very fast - just some typing and cutting and pasting to set up the attributes. The import into a project. Not trying to argue, I've just found it works really easily and I have several that I use frequently.
Sadly it appears that neither reoccurring ToDos nor reminders are imported via the template feature.
I am struggling importing my "Send birthday greetings" list into Todoist, so I created a new project, added the task "test every 1/1" with a reminder "every 1/1 10:00" , exported that project, deleted the task and re-imported the txt file. The result is a new task called "test" without a due date or a reminder.
Todoport won't migrate repeating events either so I guess this is a limitation of Todoist.
Currently, templates should import reoccurrence and a due time, though they don't keep a reminder, unfortunately. We will look into improvement of this functionality in the future updates.
thank you for your reply but - at least for me - re-importing reoccurring tasks results in task without due dates.
I did attach a txt file that resulted from exporting a list with a single, yearly reoccurring task. Please give it a try an import it into the web-app.
Just to confirm, your example task should recur every May 15, correct? Or are you wanting it to recur on a different date?
You are correct Clyde - think of it as a birthday reminder: Every 15th of May I get a task that tells me to send my good old friend "Test" a birthday wish.
I see. In this case, please use the entry "Test [[date every May 15]]" instead. I just tested it and that should work. :-)
And it does! Brilliant, Clyde! Thank you so much for resolving this! :-)
Just in case anybody else tries to migrate a large amount of reoccurring Tasks from Remember the Milk to Todoist, this is how I (painfully) managed to pull this of:
1. Export iCal file from RTM
2. Manipulate iCal file using Python to get it ready for import into Toodledo (either on Export or on Import the iCal DTSTART and DTEND tags lead to all dates being off in Toodledo by one day)
3. Export txt file from Toodledo
4. Use Excel (or Python) to get txt file into the format specified by Clyde
5. Import into Todoist
6. Pure bliss
I don't understand. Does Todoist have no sense of vision? If you are attempting to woo customers who use other systems over to Todoist, isn't is a "no-brainer" that you would make the transition simply by provide an import tool that automates the process? Most of your other competitors do this already.
The deeper I explore Todoist as a possible replacement for my current app, the more disappointed I become.