I have been using Joplin for several years now as my main notes taking app and am very happy and thankful to the developers.
One thing I never did, and frankly never understood, is how to use Joplin as a todo app. And since I am thinking about switching my current todo setup, I wanted to evaluate Joplin again.
So the way how a new item in Joplin can be a note or a todo item never clicked with me. It seems odd. A todo is just a note which can be checked. So for most todos you have a whole big empty body and then the little title makes the todo. And where ususally an item in Joplin is a note with potentially a lot of content in it (a valueable item in your notebook), now you have a basically a banal thing that basically contains no info and will be deleted soon whenever it is completed?
A todo can be one little atomic task like "buy milk" wich may fit into a bigger context ("Groceries") but it can also be a bigger thing like "implement search functionality" which can contain subtasks or additional info which can go neatly into the "note" body. The latter one might be its own todo with optional subtasks. But in the first case is your groceries list a notebook and you put each item as a todo (which seems like such a waste of space in the hirachy*) or is your Groceries list a todo which contains several awkward
- [ ] items which is also weird since you may never "complete" the "Groceries" todo.
I am sorry if I am rambling but I don't get how anyone can use this as a todo functionality and so I wanted to know if people can share their ways. I often found it very useful to see these workflow examples of how people use a todo app (several apps have this on their website to explain the user what they can do and how it is intended to be used). I understand that the way Joplin is build leaves a lot of room but for me it is a little overwhelming and I wonder if anyone can share their experience on how they use it.
* What I mean with this and what is one of the things that generally puts me off, at least of putting atomic tasks as a todo into Joplin. Imagine this then is your notebooks:
Programming [notebook] -Rust [notebook] -- Learn about ownership [note] -- How to get lifetimes right [note] -- ... Todo [notebook] - Groceries [notebook] -- [ ] Milk [todo] -- [ ] Bread [todo] -- [ ] Coffee [todo] -- [ ] Apples [todo]
Your todos pollute your whole nice notebook structure even though it can be collapsed: Different items have wholly different contents, in the case of atomics, they don't have any content at all. Still they stand next to monumental notes which you put a lot of energy into.