Introduction to priorities

Available for

  • Beginner
  • Pro
  • Business

Not all tasks are created equal. Use priority levels to make sure the most important things on your list stand out.

You can give your tasks one of four priority levels – 1 being the most important (marked as red) and 4 being the least important (no color). Heads-up though—neither the priority name or color aren't customizable. 

Your highest priority tasks will appear near the top of each daily to-do list in your Today and Upcoming views (tasks with both a due date and time appear first) so you’ll know exactly what to work on first. You can also sort any of your project lists by priority.

Add or change a priority level

When adding a task on any platform – web, desktop, or mobile – click or tap the flag icon and select the priority level you want. You can change the priority level any time by selecting the flag icon when editing a task.

Quick Add Shortcut

To add a task priority even faster, you can type p1, p2, or p3 right into the task field. Todoist will automatically recognize and assign the right priority level when you create the task.

Sort a project or view by priority

  1. Open the project or view you want to sort.
  2. Click the View icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Click Sorting.
  4. Select Priority.

Quick tip

You can also use the shortcut p to sort quickly.

Quick tip

To show tasks of the same priority level, click Filters & Labels in the sidebar and select a priority level. In this view, you'll be able to review your tasks as a list, a board, or a calendar (calendar layout is only available to Todoist Pro and Business customers).

Get in touch

If you're having trouble with priorities in Todoist, get in touch with us. We—Carol, Galina, Keita, and our other 14 teammates—are happy to help!