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Push notifications


I'm a premium subscriber, but the following issues have prompted me to move all of my tasks over to Mailbox in the past year. I would love to come back to ToDoist - these fixes/features would help!

Unreliable push notifications in ToDoist
- I often don't see a badge app icon appear telling me about outstanding tasks unless I open the app;
- further, if I change a task on one device in offline mode, the change does not reliably update on my other devices.

Assuming push notifications begin to work for my account a few more options for quick scheduling timed tasks would put this app more on par, a la Mailbox. I.e does TD plan to add "later today," "this evening," "this weekend" alongside today, tomorrow, next week, etc. in quick scheduling?


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David Trey  staff
Replied on May 12, 2014 - 15:22 UTC

Hello Chad,

The badge icon issue will be solved in the next update of our app and we'll look into the offline update issue as well. Sorry for the inconvenience.

As for the date suggestions - we may indeed consider adding more dates, though something like "later today" is unlikely as it's unclear how later do you mean exactly, should it add a due time, what due time, should there be a preference for it by default or configurable? And in the end, it's faster to just type "today" or "tod".

Also, please note that you can use this, for example "this Sat" or "this Sun". In fact if it's this upcoming Saturday or Sunday, you can also just type "Sun" or "Sat" and it will automatically assume that you mean this week unless you use "next" (next Sat).

Best regards,

Chad Barlow
Replied on May 13, 2014 - 04:55 UTC

Hi David,

Thanks for this quick reply!

On this topic of quick scheduling tasks for "later today," etc. - check out Mailbox app and its quick scheduling options (or check out the screenshot attached) and you'll know what I mean.

Here is why Mailbox has done what I've described, and why I think TD should do it too, ASAP.

To-do items sitting in an app -- even if it's just throughout one day -- are both mentally and visually taxing, disabling the user from identifying what needs to be addressed now. By providing quick options to defer tasks to "later today" (let's say, +3 hours by default) or "this evening" (let's say, 6p by default) a productivity app can easily help the user store tasks until the right moment. In effect, quick scheduling options like these let the user quickly defer tasks with less clear due dates and times (less clear than, for instance, "4 April at 3:30p"), which are most tasks in the real world. At the moment, TD requires both more keystrokes and more (needless) concentration than Mailbox, all to assign arbitrary due dates and times to tasks that the user just needs to remove from the visual and mental field until a more appropriate (if approximate) moment.

Assuming push notifications are working in TD, timed quick scheduling options like the ones I have suggested would reap benefits for ToDoist as well as for its users. I suspect all smart phone users are wired this way -- I know I am -- we are Pavlov-conditioned to open an app when its notifications arrive. The more I am reminded about tasks throughout the day -- as long as I know I am roughly in control of when these reminders are scheduled to arrive -- the more often I am going to return to the app requesting my attention and use it.

Does this all make sense? If not, please let me know and I will try to explain differently. If so, thanks for considering the changes.

Please let me know if TD makes the changes to the app, and I will be responding to the "renew my TD subscription" that's been sitting in the app forever :)

David Trey  staff
Replied on May 13, 2014 - 13:09 UTC


Thank you for clarifying, we'll consider this for future updates and you're welcome to request these changes in our Votebox: https://todoist.com/Vote/

Best regards,