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Task order random in app but correct in Daily Digest

I've posed this question before but have noticed something else that makes me wonder what's going on with Todoist's task order. In the Today pane, or any pane really that sorts by task date, the tasks are in completely random order. Sure, priority tasks and tasks with due times filter to the top, but they are not in any order beyond that - not project order, especially. I have projects set up like "Daily Review" and "Weekly Review" that are dependent on being done in a certain order of tasks, and I can't accomplish this in Todoist, to my immense frustration, because they always show up jumbled in my task list.

But I noticed today that they show up in the correct order in the Daily Digest email! They show up by Due Time, then Priority, *then by project order*! Why do they show up correct in the email but not the app? This bug's prevalence has meant that once again, while I'd love to use Todoist as my task manager, I cannot. Between this and the subtask with repeating parent task fiasco, it just makes the app unusable. But, If this could be fixed, I could work with the subtask issue. Is there a way to get the app consistent with the email digest and have it sort tasks by Priority, then Project Order?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 14:25 UTC

Hello Devon,

The Daily Digest email may indeed take the data directly from the project, but any date-based view will not necessarily use the project's order, but the task's "day_order" and "item_order" properties. This allows you to reorder these tasks manually as you want.

That said, to see the exact order, please check the project view as it will never be modified there regardless of how you reorder the tasks on the date-based view.


Best regards,
David

Devon H.  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 16:05 UTC

I understand how it works currently, I just think it's a poor decision to have it do so. Why can't it default pull from the project list order, yet still enable you to rearrange as you wish? It's the only way to get repeating tasks with subtasks to work, because actually having functioning repeating tasks with subtasks is something Todoist still can't do, but this method doesn't either. There are such things as tasks that require subtask steps that must be done in a certain order, and Todoist can't handle this basic functionality. That's a massive oversight. I don't see why Todoist can't, when making the Today or whatever time-based view you choose, first prioritize Time-based Todos, then Priority, then project order, yet still enable things to be sortable withing each category I've just listed. You can sort priority items that are all the same priority, I don't see why you can't sort tasks with no priority and yet also have it first populate the Today view with these tasks in project order.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 16:17 UTC

Devon,

We'll look into this in future updates, thank you for your feedback.


Best regards,
David