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"Next" and "Sometime"

We have Inbox, Today and Next 7 days, but how about "Next" and "Sometime", like it's meant to be in GTD?

When I create tasks without date inside a project, the only way to find 'something to do' is to look through all tasks in a project and find out what should be done next.

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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 12:19 UTC


Please feel free to add this in the Votebox https://todoist.com/Vote/. :-) For the meantime, labels will be a good way to handle this (Ex: @next, @sometime). You can then use a custom filter to easily get back to it.



Кирилл  premium
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 13:51 UTC

It's already in votes for 3 (three) years! (https://todoist.com/Vote/show/6247/)
Labels is a completely wrong way to do this - am I supposed to manually add label to next task? What's the point if I've already found what is the next task?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 14:36 UTC

Hi again,

One of the best feature that customers say about Todoist is it's simplicity. Anytime we consider adding a feature, we always try to find the balance keeping it simple and still being functional.

I've read the GTD book years before and I do agree that the idea of having a next action list is good. However, even the smartest software can only do so much. In order for it to work "automatically", the user will have to:

1. Define sequential tasks and arrange them in order (in which case you have a to do list arranged in the order that you need to complete them already so it would be just a matter of going back to the list for you to know what to work on next)
2. Define parallel tasks that be worked on along with other tasks

When a feature is not implemented, one of the many reasons why it's not available yet is there's just no simple way to do it (without breaking existing workflow and making the whole experience complicated). Here's a post where a user has created a script to do exactly what you're looking for: http://todoist.com/Support/show/32110/#comment_106078. I reviewed the video myself and found it complicated.

We're constantly looking for ways to be more useful and powerful and it is entirely possible that we'll have a different solution to address the same problem.

Best Regards,


Кирилл  premium
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 14:43 UTC

Forget about sequental tasks for a moment (because it's much more complicated) - let the users manage it for themselves. That's why I'm proposed to show 2-3 tasks per project, not one - it will be my problem if some of them needs another task to be completed or they're in a wrong order. But if they're not, as it will be for 99% users, I will get an actual 'Next to do' list.

It's dead simple to implement - just a 'no date' filter with limit to 3 tasks per project, sorted by their order.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 14:51 UTC


Thank you for this. I'll pass this along to our developers.



Кирилл  premium
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 14:59 UTC

Thank you! Let me know about theirs decision.