How to use Todoist

Todoist now has around 130 users, but most of them don't use Todoist properly.

Here are some Todoist tips that can help you use the application properly, so you in the long end can become more organized and more productive.

Getting Things Done (GTD)

GTD is a great book and has a central idea for accomplishing more:

"GTD rests on the principle that a person needs to move tasks out of the mind by recording them somewhere. That way, the mind is freed from the job of remembering everything that needs to be done, and can concentrate on actually performing those tasks."

Remembering this is a key idea of using Todoist properly.


Create a bunch of them! Some project ideas:

  • Work projects
  • School courses
  • Grocery list
  • Shopping list
  • Emails to answer
  • Your personal programming project
  • Life
  • Your upcoming skiing trip
  • Your great ideas
  • Your blog
  • Websites to visit
  • Almost anything can be a project...

Filling in the projects

For every of your projects fill in all the things that need to be done. For example: for a school course you may have an upcoming assignment, a work project may involve a meeting, a grocery list may include milk etc.

Use Todoist

An organizational system isn't very useful if it isn't up-to-date. Make sure that your Todoist projects are up-to-date with reality... This pretty crucial for successful usage of Todoist. Self-organization takes some time, but remember, you do it so you don't have to remember everything in your head, you do it so you can free you mind and do things instead of trying to remember what needs to be done.

Don't keep track of small actions, but of "big" ones. Todoist should not record your every action, but help you get an overview over what needs to be done.

5. Feb 2007 Tips · Todoist
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