We haven’t come up with a way to add tasks telepathically (yet), but Todoist’s smart Quick Add is the next best thing. Quick Add is the fastest way to:
- Add a new task
- Set a due date and time for a task
- Attach a label to a task
- Set the priority level for a task
- Add a task to a project
- Add a task to a section
- Assign a task to a collaborator
Just type (or dictate) all the details into a single line. The smart Quick Add will automatically recognize and highlight each piece of information and add it to your task accordingly. Particularly handy when adding tasks on your mobile device.
We currently don’t support due dates in Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Czech and Turkish but we’re working on it and plan to add support for these languages in the future.
How it works
Tap or click the + symbol on any Todoist platform – web, desktop, or mobile – to open Quick Add. Type in your task name and:
Add a due date and/or time
Type the date and time into the task field using natural language like “tomorrow at 4pm” or “every other Tuesday starting March 3”. The Quick Add will automatically recognize the due date and add it when you save your task. Here’s a list of example date formats you can use.
Type @ followed by the label name. For example, @email. You’ll be able to choose from a list of existing labels, or create an entirely new one.
Set the priority level
Type p1, p2, or p3 to indicate the priority level of the task.
Add it to a project
Type in the symbol # immediately followed by the project name. For example, “#Work”. You’ll be able to choose from a list of existing projects, or create an entirely new one.
Add it to a section
Once you've assigned your task to a project, you can also specify which section the task should go under. You just have to type in the symbol / immediately followed by the section name. For example, if you want your task to go under the section Admin in your Work project, you can type “#Work /Admin”.
Unfortunately, if you're using our macOS app, it's not currently possible to add a task to a section with Quick Add. Sorry about that!
Assign it to a collaborator
Type in the symbol + immediately followed by the person’s name. For example, “+Lucile”. You’ll be able to choose from a list of current project collaborators.
This is only possible in shared projects so you’ll need to specify a shared project (using the # symbol) first and then add an assignee.
Sometimes the smart Quick Add will recognize a piece of information that’s actually a part of your task name. For example, for the task “Create monthly report”, “monthly” will automatically be highlighted as a due date. Just click or tap on the word to unhighlight it. You can also turn off smart date recognition entirely.