A recurring theme about Joplin is that it lacks capabilities to manage to do lists. But, with the emerging plugin system, I think Joplin is more than capable to manage todos. You only need to find the system/plugin combination that works for you.
Here's mine, after some experimentation (and feel free to share yours in the comment):
- I have a notebook for todos and than sub-notebooks divided by topic/project
- I use the actual todo notes to capture my tasks.
- At the beginning of each todo title I add the prefix to assign priority. For example [P0] for highest priority, [P1] for lower and so on
- I then set a separate sort order for the notebook and choose alphabetically (right-click the notebook and choose "Toggle own sort order").
- Sorting alphabetically makes it so the notebooks are sorted by priority (e.g. P0 on top and so on). Every note without a priority will be at the bottom
- Any task I'm blocked on, I add the prefix [Blocked] after the priority. This moves the note to the bottom of todos with similar priority
- Any todo with a due date, I set a reminder
- To conveniently see all of the todos and reminders in one list, I use the note-overview-plugin and created a Tasks Overview note.
- To make sure the Task Overview is always showing in View mode with html rendered but other notes are shown in the markdown editor, I use the Persistent Layout plugin
- To easily access the Task Overview note I use the Notes Tab plugin and pin it
What are the advantages of this system:
- Easy to add tasks - all of the info is in the title and it's as simple as creating a new todo note.
- Mobile friendly - not heavily reliant on plugins. No need to wait for syncs since each todo is a separate note
- High priority is always on top. Easy to change priorities
- Note overview to see all the todos in one page
Thank you for sharing it can inspire me.
Would you be OK to share a screen capture ? I’m a bit confused between notes priorities and notebook priorities.
I'm attaching a screenshot just with the notes. Notebooks are just used to organize the todos by topic. So I have one notebook for "Personal todos", one for "Project X todos" etc... but that's optional. I started with having just one Todos notebook
This is interesting, thanks for sharing. However, there are some important things (for me at least) that you don't include:
- task planning (the reminder is not a due date)
- the separation of "professional" and "personal" tasks
Are these features not useful for you? Or is it a lack of Joplin that you have identified?
Thanks for this !
i was 80% there using agenda & tabs, but the note overview plugin to create a manifest of all tasks is a great work around!
I hope agenda plugin continues to add functionality, it is very close to ticking all the boxes (heh) for me.
All i need now is a reliable way to color code tasks in either the agenda panel or in the overview manifest , seems like it should be doable just using tags.
thanks again for the insights
For task planning - most of the times priorities are good enough for me. When I have a specific task that needs to be done by a certain date, I just set a reminder for the day before (or whenever I want to be reminded)
Separation - I just used different notebooks and use the notes overview tab to see all in one place. You can also use the [Personal] and then all personal tags will be grouped together
Thank you, it clarifies a lot for me!
Hi all, just wanted to offer a few enhancements I've found useful:
As well as adding
[Block] to demote tasks I can't do anything about now, I also use
[Wait] to demote tasks that are blocked by me waiting for other people/things not just blocked by tasks
Joplin's search let's you filter to only show tasks that are incomplete with
I keep one list of every task but also have a list of tasks that aren't blocked with
-title:[Block] (I haven't yet figured out how to remove Block and Wait tasks, don't know if it's possible)
I add a decription to each note and use Note Overview's
excerpt option to show the description
notebook option to see what project it belongs to
Whenever I add a task that;s blocked I add links between them to remind me what's blocking what (use
Right Click > Copy Markdown link to grab the link without leaving the note)
Here's my full set up in case I missed anything:
search: notebook:To-Do type:todo iscompleted:0 -title:[Block]
fields: title, notebook, todo_due, excerpt
alias: title AS Name, notebook AS Project, todo_due AS Due, excerpt AS Description
sort: title ASC
-title:[Block] to show every task)
Re separation: Note Overview let's you filter notes by whether they do/don't include any particular tags
Re planning: You could also add the due date to the title in [YY-MM-DD] format which will order them by date alphabetically. If you format as [Px][YY-MM-DD] then it will order by priority first and date second, if you do [YY-MM-DD][Px] it will be vice versa. (This idea is actually really similar to the todo.txt spec)