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Reordering the "today" list


It would be very handy to reorder the "today" list to suit your schedule, so ideally, being able to manually reorder the list would be great.

If that's not possible, then an alternate strategy may be to allow filtering the list by different sort criteria. For example, sort by priority, project order, date/time entered.

Thanks for a great product!

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Chris G premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2011 - 16:18

I agree with this suggestion. I would like to see the default task order for tasks without assigned times be by priority, then by project order, but also being able to manually reorder them would be great. Maybe a choice in the preferences could be how to order the tasks without times with first, second, and maybe even third levels. Personally, I would like to see all the tasks without assigned time ordered by priority, then project.

Heather G premium
Replied on Oct 25, 2011 - 17:18

This is great. I was thinking today how it would be great if I could sort search results. For example I have a label for "waiting" for delegated items. I would love to be able to search @waiting, and then sort those search results by due date wihtout affecting the sort of those items in their respective projects.

Replied on Nov 04, 2011 - 05:45

I agree with what has been said above. As I am looking at the tasks due on a certain day, I find myself wanting to put them in the order I would like to complete the tasks or grouping them by project. The ability to reorder or more sorting options would be great.

Larry Lyons
Replied on Nov 21, 2011 - 00:12


Charles Riffenburg premium
Replied on Nov 30, 2011 - 05:12

Yes please!

Pasqual premium
Replied on Feb 02, 2012 - 03:59

I really need it !

Martin Baker
Replied on Feb 09, 2012 - 01:15

This definitely would be a handy feature... I spend most of my time in the Today view and it's a pain to have to switch to the individual project to reorder.

Sarah van Boekhout
Replied on Feb 28, 2012 - 15:55

This! A thousand times this! The lack of this functionality is the one thing that is making me considering switching from Todoist to another system. I really like (need?) to be able to manually order my tasks for each day.

Larry Lyons
Replied on Mar 04, 2012 - 22:32

Exactly, Sarah. I'm with you -- and over time I predict most users will migrate elsewhere just because of this. The reason we bought into Todoist in the first place was to unclutter our lives. And Todoist make a great contribution in helping us.

But only initially.

At first the product works great and provides a crisp overview of our priorities. But our euphoria doesn't last long. Before too long, the product introduces its own clutter.

I certainly doesn't help that if a task becomes overdue it lingers in a place that is only predictable if you know the arbitrary, hardwired, (and in my view counter-intuitive) rules the developers have built in.

I've stopped using Todoist and gone back to paper and pencil lists which I find far more manageable.

The method of counting votes in this thread to prioritize product improvements is also poorly thought out. I'd guess most people will vote not here - but instead cancelling their annual subscription. A pity.

Replied on Mar 07, 2012 - 12:21

Please add quickly or I will have to go elsewhere

Replied on Mar 07, 2012 - 12:22

I will pay for this, just add it.

Larry Lyons
Replied on Mar 08, 2012 - 22:42

Like I said, already we're starting to walk....

Andre B.
Replied on Mar 26, 2012 - 22:32

This is kind of negative pressure @Jeremiah, @Larry

Of course a method to reorder task in the today view would be very great and I also voted for this. But I guess it is not such a high priority as you would think.

1. You have filters to find you 'overdue' tasks easily.
2. I my opinion, the principle of a todo-list is that it is short and have managable bite-size tasks which you can finish on a day.
3. And of course, an alternative to that are professional project planning tools. And I use them to manage the big goals. But the way you reach your goals are by doing small tasks which may or may not have an order.

Okay, back to topic: as much as I would love this feature, it forces me to have a list of todos which I can sort by priority and tackle the big ones first. (Remeber the 20/80 Pareto rule: 20% cause makes 80% effect).

And this also makes me stay focused:

Sorry if I step on toes here, but based on my own experience I recognized my problem - and why I would like to have this feature: I sometimes just add to many tasks which keep floating on my list - and I don't do them, because they are unspecific, too big to handle, and not so important as I would think. Thus my list gets cluttered and the problems begin again.

I remind myself, that the problem is not so much the software, but myself. For me, ToDoist is merely a (great!) tool to help me organize tasks. It is, however, not a problem solver of organization. I need always reflect on my skills to create bite-size tasks to be able to go to home knowing that my todo list is almost empty for today.

Believe me, when I say, that after 3 months you would have similar problems with other tools, that maybe would hide the real problem. For me Todoist is not perfect, but by far the best tool which allow a clean reflection of my messy organization ;-)

I share my experience with you - i does not mean, that you would have similar problems, so please don't be offended.

All the best

Replied on Apr 19, 2012 - 13:46

I currently use ToodleDo (paid version), but have found myself going back to using a text-editor because I can re-order tasks SO simply as I try to plan-out my day.
I started evaluating Todoist because someone mentioned in a forum that you could re-order tasks, and I was excited when it looked like I could re-order tasks, but then found that it's only in the project view. :-(

Larry Lyons
Replied on Apr 19, 2012 - 22:59

Sorry, Andre, there are just too many of us who can't share your hardwired world view. I have been making progress with Excel. A snappy little macro makes list re-ordering a cinch.

Andre B.
Replied on Apr 19, 2012 - 23:57

Larry, I'm glad you found a solution that works for you (and all your personalities :-).

Mariko Cool
Replied on May 22, 2012 - 04:34

Me too!

It would be great if reordering my project list would trickle down into all the un-prioritized tasks in my views. If that is a monster to program, then how about a "-1" priority? Either of these solutions would tip the balance for me and convince me to invest in the premium version, and make this tool my permanent list tool.

I added a "Personal/Home" chronologically earlier than I added some new work projects, and now the "personal/home" projects show up in the middle of my daily list, unless I assign priorities to everything else. For PR reasons at work it would be nice if I could get the "Personal/Home" tasks back to the bottom. I don't use tags or priorities, and now that I have hundreds of work tasks entered, I don't want to go back through them all and assign all the work-related ones a priority.

ONUR premium
Replied on May 25, 2012 - 04:57

I believe it is a "must have" feature instead of "good to have".
Thanks for your efforts..

Brett Juilly
Replied on Jun 16, 2012 - 02:08

As a programmer, it seems like sorting a filtered list alphabetically by item or alphabetically by label should be super-easy to code! I would LOVE that feature!

It seems more complicated to code the other feature requested here, which is the ability to manually reorder a filtered list.

So I recommend programming the easy part first, and releasing that to all of us. You'll make us happy. :) Then, later, think about programming the complicated feature (manually reordering filtered lists).

What do you think? ;)

David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 20, 2012 - 10:12


we would like to thank you all for your feedback, it always helps us improve our software and add great new features.

Today, we've introduced a new drag & drop feature which not only makes reordering tasks and projects easier as well as moving tasks between projects, but also allows you to change the order of your tasks on any temporal view.

Please check this short video to see how it works:

Best regards,

Replied on Sep 18, 2013 - 16:05

Yes, needs ability to sort. This should be a basic feature for a todo app, all the others have it. And not just in today view, but also project view.

Rooze Just Rooze premium
Replied on Oct 16, 2013 - 00:18

The manual sort is great but a quick sort button for sorting by project would also be very helpful and a great time saver.

hivar premium
Replied on Dec 31, 2013 - 02:24

This is really needed, we can sort it and set tasks as one by one to solve.