How to Use Basic Todoist Filters

How to Use Basic Todoist Filters

Todoist Filters are one the tricky features of the task management platform.

Filters allow you to sort tasks based on a range of attributes created. For example, you want to see all the tasks you can complete in the taxi home? Maybe a list of easy to complete, 5-minute tasks with only your smartphone? That’s all possible inside of Todoist filters and can help you save time in t

NOTE: Filters are a premium feature of Todoist, take note.

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What are Todoist Filters?

Todoist filters are the simplest way for you to organize and consequently retrieve your projects and tasks under particular user defined terms, when combining elements such as specific tasks with a due date within a query string.

You can organize a Todoist filter based on any of these attributes:

  • Due dates

  • Projects

  • Priority Levels

  • Labels

  • Title of a Task

  • Overdue tasks

By customizing your filters and adding one of the many queries you can have your projects’ tasks grouped and pulled up all under one to-do list conveniently.

For example, creating a filter named “Emails to send” and filling in @email & tomorrow as the query string, will pull up all of your @email labeled tasks that are due tomorrow.

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To put it simply, filters with one or more queries assigned display a list of narrowed down task with their corresponding elements. And this brings us to the main focus of our article, namely, how to create and use filters in Todoist.

How to USE queries

If you’re the type of person who usually has a load of projects with tasks strewn all over the place and are finding things difficult to manage, then this feature is perfect for you.

Mike Vardy uses the Todoist filters section to plan his week ahead. Here’s how he uses Todoist to organize and plan his Todoist filters. This is a great way to see Todoist filters in practice, then below, we’ll begin creating the first and most basic filter.


1. Hit “Add Filter”

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Adding a filter is a good starting point and adding a relevant title should be your next task. Remember this should be accessible if you are a Todoist Premium user.

2. Add your Query

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Let’s say you want to see all your most important tasks tomorrow. Those include all the tasks assigned to P1 - the highest priority indicator in Todoist and set with a due date of tomorrow. This is the query to use. Separated with a “&” symbol. This is a good start.

3. Give it a color

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Use the color palette to add a dedicated filter color. And you’re done. That’s a really basic filter that will allow you to see a view of all of your most valuable tasks to complete tomorrow. The perfect view for getting things done in your next few days.


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