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Today view

I specifically put this as a MacOS issue but it happens across all platforms. I don't know if this is a general problem with the OS itself or if I'm not finding the correct setting but I have several projects with laundry lists of things due on the same day. In the project view they're all organized according to the order they need to be done that day but then when I go to my "today" or "next 7 days" view they were just added haphazardly. How do I force the view to show me the projects as I added/arranged them?

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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 12:28 UTC

Hi Oluyinka,

The Today view along with other filtered views uses this sorting option by default: it's priority, then date/time, then item_order. We'll look into adding more sorting options in the future. You can also add it in our Votebox as a suggestion https://todoist.com/Vote/.

Regards,

Clyde

Oluyinka Igberase  premium
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 12:33 UTC

But if there's no difference in the priority or the date/time as I've shown then shouldn't it follow the item order which it obviously isn't?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 12:51 UTC

Hello Oluyinka,

Each task has a hidden item_order property, but also a day_order property which has a higher priority over the item_order.

Please tell me, did you at any time manually drag & drop any of these tasks? Whether in the project as you've added them or on the today view?

Also, please try to actually reorder them in today and give that they have no priority or due time, the order should be preserved.


Best regards,
David

Oluyinka Igberase  premium
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 12:53 UTC

Yes I manually rearranged some of the tasks after they were created but not all of them as is seen in the today view.

Additionally I considered manually dragging and dropping the tasks in but with 20+ tasks to do each day, I'd end up spending a good portion of my morning just sorting tasks.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 12:57 UTC

Oluyinka,

Please try to reorder them on the today list and the order should remain tomorrow.

Though I see that these tasks are not recurring. If you're using them every day, did you consider settings their dates to "every day"?


Best regards,
David

Oluyinka Igberase  premium
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 13:01 UTC

No I mean I have different tasks every day across several projects and it would just be a chore to rearrange. For instance today I have Pathoma (4.1, 4.2, 4.3, etc) FA (1, 6, 3, 13 -- yes in that messed up order) so forth and so on (I just truncated the list when I took the screenshot) but then tomorrow it's Pathoma (17.1, 17.2, 8.3, 8.6, etc) ... the tasks change every day and I've already created all the tasks for the month in their projects. Rearranging them in the projects themselves doesn't affect the today screen and I don't want to spend time every morning rearranging the list in the today screen. Especially because I tend to just grab my iPhone and go in the morning.

Is there something I can manually manipulate in the projects list that will affect the sort order in the today screen? I'm not a premium user by the way.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 14:03 UTC

Oluyinka,

Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do about it in this case :-( If the order of tasks is more important to you than when they're due (and you have clear groups due for each day), then I recommend using the project view and only the today view as a reference. Clicking on the project name on the right (on today) would also quickly open the related project where you can stay until you complete these tasks in order.


Best regards,
David

Oluyinka Igberase  premium
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 14:07 UTC

Ah ok thanks.

Oluyinka Igberase  premium
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 14:10 UTC

Just to be certain ... if I created them in the order I wanted them to appear in the Today menu would that happen?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 14:14 UTC

Oluyinka,

Technically, that should work on a new account where nothing ever has been reordered and all defaults are in place. It's something we'll look into in the future as well. In general, the today view was primarily meant to just see tasks due today in order of their due time first, then their priority so you'll know what's more important and maybe move it somewhere else just for today if you can't complete it right-away.

The project view, on the other hand, was clearly designed for ordering. If you use the "Task actions" menu at the top, you'll also see options such as "Sort by name" (date or priority), you have the keyboard shortcuts "p" - to reorder your tasks by priority and "s" to sort them by date within this project so if the task structure is crucial to you, the project view would always be the best option.


Best regards,
David

R
rc  premium
Replied on Jan 24, 2015 - 10:41 UTC

Please let us turn off today view. I hate it.

RC
Ryan Cross  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:25 UTC

Hi, this sort facility doesn't seem to be working as described. I have low priority tasks at the top of my list (i think its because it is prioritising that task since I've set a specific time for it, which is dumb).

Also, I really want to be to able to order my today/tomorrow/next7days lists. A todo list is kind of pointless without this functionality and I kind of wish I had noticed this problem before becoming a premium member.

RC
Ryan Cross  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:28 UTC

Just to further add, it seems illogical that a "Today" view wouldn't be a more sophisticated view of your tasks since that is quite likely to be the view that you work from. Yes, you'll order things within projects (and other contexts), but you'll want to work on them from what is on your list today (and to order your tasks for the day).

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:31 UTC

Hi Ryan,

Currently, tasks in Today view are sorted by due time and then priority. We will look into adding more sorting options in the future (+1)

Regards,
Galina

Oluyinka Igberase  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:33 UTC

I wasn't going to respond but your comment just set me off ... if you look back to Jul 6 2014 ... that's the same comment another staff member left. Don't bother responding if you're going to leave the same nonsense reply. Thanks! (+1)

RC
Ryan Cross  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:36 UTC

Hi Galina,

according to Clyde Romo, the staffer who first answered this question, the sort order is supposed to be the other way - which in my opinion, would also be the more logical way. Sort by priority first, then secondary sort by date. You can clearly see the screenshot above doesn't work, and I classify this as a major bug. The lack of being able to manually sort the Today view is also quite strange considering the common workflow for a todo list and given i've seen many questions asking for this feature looking at this support forum; they go back a couple years now too.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:37 UTC

I wish I could leave a different reply but I can't as we don't have any news on this yet. I was just replying to the Ryan's question why his tasks with lower priority were showing first.

Regards,
Galina

Oluyinka Igberase  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:39 UTC

Sorry. I got upset ... it's not your fault. Apologies.

RC
Ryan Cross  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:56 UTC

i appreciate a current reply, but I also understand Oluyinka's sentiment. I used this app probably a year or more ago in a free capacity (which is why i came back and paid to use the notes feature) and I was kind of expecting to have a more mature product overall though. It is also particularly odd for this kind of feature to be missing, since it seems like such a major piece of any todo app, and this as well considering it doesn't have a lot of other bells and whistles.

From Oluyinka's anger, I can also tell that this is a very frustrating experience for her and many other users who have been waiting for this kind of function for a very long time now. Please make this feature a priority!