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Mark a task as "In progress"


Should be pretty simple feature. I often am working on more than one task, I will begin to work on the task but I cannot simply complete it so I want to mark it as in progess, letting me know to move onto another task. Sometimes a task has work which requires waiting on another party to complete their end of the work, in that time I would like to move onto another task while having the current task marked as in progress.

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Quintum premium
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 10:54

Expanding the status options of a task could be very interesting. In addition to the standard "todo" and "complete" options, one could add an "ongoing" status as David suggests but an additional "waiting/delegated" status might be useful as well.

Of course one has to be careful not to over-complicate the clean Todoist interface. The "Tasks To Do" app on Android gives an example of how this feature might be added (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.als.taskstodo) in combination with the priority color suggestion (https://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/695/#comment_1432).

David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 04, 2013 - 12:16

Hello Quintum,

You can already keep track of the status of any task using labels. Simply type @waiting or @ongoing into the task's name and you'll be able to filter tasks with these labels, exclude or include them in searches and more. Even color-code them as you want.

Please refer to these posts on our blog for more information:
- Part 1 (labels as a context): https://todoist.com/blog/2013/01/use-task-labels-for-contextual-productivity/
- Part 2 (labels as a status): https://todoist.com/blog/2013/02/use-task-labels-to-monitor-task-status/

Best regards,

Quintum premium
Replied on Sep 06, 2013 - 02:29

Thanks for the great tips! I love reading the blog and discovering new usage or reviewing techniques. That approach of indicating the delegation of tasks to other people using the labels might be something for the main Help and Reference.

Replied on Sep 27, 2013 - 00:03

YES. This is exactly what I'd like to see.

Todd Rossi
Replied on Oct 09, 2013 - 15:55

I'll try using the tagging feature to keep track of in-progress tags, but it still feels like a "work-around" to properly implementing a new property for a task in the same way that the due date for a task is implemented as a property.

If tagging was really as effective, why wouldn't we just use tagging to define a task's due date? Why make it a separate property? Because it adds value to the application for most of the people that use it.

I believe for the same reason that making an in progress or a percent complete status would make TD a far more effective and useful app for me. It would roll the concept of a task's stages of completeness and status into one simple progress bar or number.

David Trey staff
Replied on Oct 09, 2013 - 17:52


Thank you for your feedback. The reason why dates are a separate feature is due to their complexity - they can't be just one element with a name, but must be recurring with different patterns, times, visible in multiple views etc.

Meanwhile, a task status can be just a name and we think that labeling the status makes this feature very powerful as based on your workflow you can have many statuses while implementing this as a fixed set would force everyone to utilize just the given options. Labels are much more flexible.

Best regards,

Li Huang premium
Replied on Mar 27, 2014 - 04:49

In progress makes the application a little over-complicated, there are many small tasks which you may finish in 5 minutes, why add one more status ? The label is a flexible solution, but could we make the label display bigger and more attractive in the task list, green and same size as task name is not very eye catching.

Chad Jackson premium
Replied on Apr 15, 2014 - 15:21

Love this idea. Many times I have a task that may span multiple days to complete. An In Progress status (and showing it in the Today or 7 Day view) would allow me to keep an ongoing task top of mind. Getting the best of Kanban and GTD in a single bite sized chunk. Mmmmm... Tasty.

Chad Jackson premium
Replied on Apr 15, 2014 - 15:24


I get your point around labels... and perhaps that would work... but then giving us a way to make 1-2 labels appear in our Today or 7 Day view. I don't know about everyone else... but I need to have what is in front of me to do, actually in front of me and not segregated to another view.

Thanks for all the great work you do.