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Subtask association with parent task


When I write in subtasks and the due date comes up in the Today view, the SW displays it equal to a parent task... Is there a way to see the association between your subtasks and the parent task when in a Today or custom filter?

The only solution I can find is to tag every subtask as "subtask" to alert me that it is sub to something.


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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 03:51 UTC

Hi Austin,

If you are referring to how a sub-task if it has a date it will show within the Today view as it's own task, then there is no other way to do this.

You can have the parent task have a due date, and all sub-tasks have none.


austin.hirsch  premium
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 04:00 UTC

Thanks for the response.

Yeah, I think that is what I mean. Specifically, I am looking for subtasks to show a clear association with parent tasks no matter the view/filter chosen. Is that possible? Or do you have to go to the specific project to see any type of relationship?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 04:03 UTC


The only way parent and sub tasks will be shown together in the relationship is either in the project they are a part of, or as I said, if the Parent task has a due date, but subs do not. That way the parent will show up in the Today view, and will be able to expand to show the sub tasks.

You can have sub-tasks and parents have due dates, but that will show the sub-tasks twice on date based views.


Luca  premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 15:47 UTC

Take this as a improvement suggestion:
Every subtask should have something very similar to a tag under its description with the name of the parent task.
Something like the attached image

Luca  premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 15:56 UTC

I come with a clearer example attached...

Luca  premium
Replied on Oct 27, 2014 - 15:57 UTC

I forgot to add a date, but you get the point...

austin.hirsch  premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 02:50 UTC

Yeah, I see where you are going. Just more work for something I wish it did automatically. But nonetheless, this is a good solution in the interim. Thanks

Luca  premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Yes, I think that should be done automagically by Todoist ;-)

Julie Hamilton  premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 11:56 UTC

Me too. I have a list of subtasks in my Today view that I have no idea which parent project they belong to. I have to go through every project to see where they actually sit but that is laborious and time consuming. I also don't want to have to code each subtask so that I know where it comes from and I need each subtask to have a date. Help please Todoist!!!

David P.  premium
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 19:51 UTC

Agreed! I've been using Todoist for a week and have stumbled across this limitation. I have to write very verbose subtasks so I can recognize what parent task and project they are part of.

Becky Kane  staff
Replied on Dec 08, 2014 - 20:10 UTC


Thanks so much for the suggestions. We'll definitely consider improving subtasks in the future based on your feedback. The more users who want this, the higher a priority it will become so keep posting here!


Laura H
Replied on Dec 09, 2014 - 17:57 UTC

++++++ 1 from me too.

There are LOTS of comments throughout the forum (and have been for a long time) requesting this feature / features like this.

The other common request (which I also would greatly appreciate) is the ability to have tasks and their subs show up together in Today and other views.

The most common use case of this seems to be recurring "checklists". For example: I have a list of routine tasks to be done each day. I would prefer to see these tasks all grouped together under their collapsible parent heading "Daily Routine" rather than spread throughout my list as single tasks.

Sean  premium
Replied on Dec 23, 2014 - 15:49 UTC

I agree...I'm hoping to get resolution on this within the next 2 weeks (when my 30 day trial expires)...otherwise I will go back to using Toodledo...

Neal Thomas
Replied on Jan 03, 2015 - 16:52 UTC

+1 subtasks in general could use some help.

Association with parent task similar to label

Ability to add a subtask directly without having to find and drag it the task you were working on.

Kammy  premium
Replied on Jan 17, 2015 - 11:30 UTC

Yep, definitely - this would be a great feature. Just started using Todoist yesterday and went Premium too

I want to be able to schedule specific sub-tasks, and view what parent project it is part of too (some small writing beneath the task will work well)

If you take the suggested approach of just scheduling the parent task - it destroys the purpose of laser focusing on specific tasks. I don't want to see the list of all the sub-tasks. Would like to focus on that one task, whilst seeing it's true context (parent task)

Andy Baker  premium
Replied on Jan 26, 2015 - 10:40 UTC

+++++1 This is a real must - I love the fact that I can have subtasks - reason I went away from Outlook specfically - its a massive pain to 1) know its a subtask 2) know which parent task it is

Laura H
Replied on Jan 26, 2015 - 16:38 UTC

@Becky Kane - Thanks for the attempted encouragement, "The more users who want this, the higher priority it will be."

Unfortunately, Todoist's pattern in the past has not shown this to be the case at all. Features requested with dozens if not hundreds of "+1", are ignored. (Threads like this one for example: http://todoist.com/Support/show/34432/#comment_178015 or this one: http://todoist.com/Support/show/30780/#comment_175881) This was even MORE obvious before the closing of Votebox. The top features requested in Votebox are generally still not implemented.

Does your comment represent a change in the development philosophies of Todoist? Or should I ignore it as so much more "try to appease the users" fluff?

I know I'm being very negative, but I'm afraid smilies and "we will consider it in the future" while rolling out Karma updates and location based reminders just aren't giving me a lot of confidence that Todoist is paying any attention to it's users requests.

Kakaxa  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 02:09 UTC


James  premium
Replied on Jan 27, 2015 - 22:57 UTC


+What Laura H said..

Michael  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 16:45 UTC


Greg Jebb
Replied on Mar 11, 2015 - 11:38 UTC


Andrei  premium
Replied on Mar 11, 2015 - 12:11 UTC


Steffan Mølbæk Andersen  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 09:31 UTC


Θωμάς Δεληγιάννης  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 22:13 UTC

+1 !!!!!!!! (+1)

Greg Jebb
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 11:02 UTC

Another month another +1

Leo Tolstoy
Replied on May 14, 2015 - 13:50 UTC

+1 Crucial feature!

Bob Reinhardt  premium
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 19:42 UTC

+1. Currently looking for another solution that will allow me to work this way.

Stefan Fedor  premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2015 - 08:52 UTC


Rolf Rose  premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2015 - 11:25 UTC

+1 - there might be workarounds but this should really be a feature.

Andy Baker  premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2015 - 11:28 UTC

We now have 20+ people interested in this - any response from TODOIST?

Cameron Saemann  premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2015 - 14:21 UTC

Subtasks do need clarity when they are viewed outside of the Project.


Stefan Fedor  premium
Replied on Jun 15, 2015 - 16:20 UTC

Hello Todoist,

Are you working on it ?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Jun 15, 2015 - 16:31 UTC

Hi Stefan,

Unfortunately, we don't have an ETA at this moment. As we have any news or more definite timeframes, we will share!


Byron Jacobs  premium
Replied on Jun 15, 2015 - 16:34 UTC


Stefan Fedor  premium
Replied on Jun 16, 2015 - 20:05 UTC

Hi Galina,

Is there any possibility to let as know new functionality for Todoist which will be release this year ?


Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Jun 16, 2015 - 20:11 UTC

Hi Stefan,

We usually announce the major upcoming updates on our blog: e.g. the upcoming update for our Android app, updates for Outlook and Windows apps, integration with Evernote, Google Cal, new API. We have planned many more updates and some new features which we can't reveal yet :-)


Michele Giorgini  premium
Replied on Jun 25, 2015 - 09:02 UTC

+1 here, too!!!

Andre Lesa  premium
Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 18:09 UTC


Андрей Ребриков  premium
Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 18:24 UTC


Devon H.  premium
Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 19:36 UTC

+1. For a clear example of how this can work, I'm personally a fan of how Asana handles it.

Kiryl Maltsau  premium
Replied on Jul 20, 2015 - 12:32 UTC


Kathy  premium
Replied on Jul 20, 2015 - 18:03 UTC


I just collected and entered everything (everything!) into Todoist. I am grateful for the free trial for a month, but now that I'm trying to organize my projects I'm seeing this potential fly in the ointment. Looking forward to this subtask fix -- soon?!

Sylvie Laroche  premium
Replied on Aug 01, 2015 - 23:32 UTC

+1 !!
Very important functionality for me as well.

Replied on Aug 03, 2015 - 13:23 UTC


MB  premium
Replied on Aug 17, 2015 - 12:40 UTC



Tarik Nathan  premium
Replied on Aug 26, 2015 - 01:11 UTC

+20 for me and my team

this seems pretty basic and is a pain in the ass to work around.

What is the point of these great nested tasks if it just turns to confusion in the filtered view.

Stefan Fedor  premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2015 - 10:45 UTC

Hi Galina,

Any news or ETA for our request ?


sam.crognale  premium
Replied on Sep 02, 2015 - 18:39 UTC


Graham Scholton  premium
Replied on Sep 09, 2015 - 01:16 UTC

This is a much needed feature. Short of starting each subtask with the parent tasks name or creating specific labels, there is no way of currently knowing what parent task a given subtask is a part of outside of the project view.


Russ Eisenberg  premium
Replied on Sep 09, 2015 - 18:03 UTC


Russ Eisenberg  premium
Replied on Sep 09, 2015 - 18:03 UTC


Graham Scholton  premium
Replied on Sep 09, 2015 - 18:20 UTC

I did find one workaround. When in the today view, if you click the project name beside the subtask, it jumps you to that location in the project view so that you can see the parent task associated with it.

It is an extra click but at least it makes it workable.

David  premium
Replied on Sep 21, 2015 - 15:08 UTC


Steve Moodie  premium
Replied on Sep 29, 2015 - 20:36 UTC


I tried using Labels as a way of showing what Task the due Sub-task is associated with, but involves too much input and duplication of work. (Visually, it works though)

Chris Knight  premium
Replied on Sep 30, 2015 - 02:06 UTC