Productivity

How to Add Monthly Views in Todoist

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(The Todoist feature I’m going to be discussing in this article is only available for paid users. Sorry!)

When I did my recent 3-month review of Todoist, I noted that its biggest flaw in the otherwise fantastic app is the lack of a calendar view. It’s got a very handy “Next 7 days” view but no calendar view. According to someone on Reddit, the fine folks over at Todoist are working on a calendar view.

Until then, Todoist users just have to settle for the 7-day view… or do they?

What are Todoist filters?

Filters are what make the Todoist experience highly customizable. Users add filters by creating custom queries that tells Todoist what to display. Here are some filter queries Todoist suggests. The only filters I’m currently using are:

  • View all — to view all tasks
  • Priority — Todoist comes with three priority filters by default but I just kept one to keep things simple
  • No due date — self-explanatory
  • a divider filter that doesn’t do anything
  • monthly views

Having monthly views allows you to see the bigger picture of not just your upcoming week but your whole month, your whole quarter, or your whole year. If you have a specific month with a lot going on, it’s nice to be able to avoid shoving more tasks into that month and planning around those.

 

How to add Todoist monthly views

I would definitely recommend copying and pasting these filter queries on the desktop/web version of the app, just for ease of use. Once these are input, they’re good for the whole year. Once 2020 rolls around, you just have to change the year and adjust the queries affected by Leap Day on February 29.

The Filters live under Projects and Labels on the menu.
Click on the plus sign to add a new one. Name your filter (“January,” etc.) and choose a color for the filter.

Enter the query.
Each month gets a slightly different query depending on the number of days in the month previous. For January 2019, the query code is:

Due after: 12/31/2018 & due before: 02/01/2019

Then click “Add Filter” and you’re done. All tasks for January 2019 will now display when that filter is selected. You can even add that filter to your favorites at the top by selecting the three dots beside the filter name. (I’ve added January, February, and March to my favorites.)

 

Here are the queries for each month, ready to be copied and pasted:

JANUARY 2019
Due after: 12/31/2018 & due before: 02/01/2019

FEBRUARY 2019
Due after: 01/31/2019 & due before: 03/01/2019

MARCH 2019
Due after: 02/28/2019 & due before: 04/01/2019

APRIL 2019
Due after: 03/31/2019 & due before: 05/01/2019

MAY 2019
Due after: 04/30/2019 & due before: 06/01/2019

JUNE 2019
Due after: 05/31/2019 & due before: 07/01/2019

JULY 2019
Due after: 06/30/2019 & due before: 08/01/2019

AUGUST 2019
Due after: 07/31/2019 & due before: 09/01/2019

SEPTEMBER 2019
Due after: 08/31/2019 & due before: 10/01/2019

OCTOBER 2019
Due after: 09/31/2019 & due before: 11/01/2019

NOVEMBER 2019
Due after: 10/31/2019 & due before: 12/01/2019

DECEMBER 2019
Due after: 11/30/2019 & due before: 01/01/2020

 

And you’re all set for the year! Hopefully, these month view filters will help you get more organized in 2019. If you found this helpful, considering sharing it on Pinterest!


Will you be using monthly view filters? If there was a legit calendar view, would you use it?
Let me know in the comments!

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Jilly

Jillianne Hamilton is the author of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, its two action/comedy sequels, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII. She is also a graphic designer, a history enthusiast, and a dog mom. Learn more.

10 Comments

  1. AK
    January 8, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    SWEET! Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Matt
    January 8, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    That’s very helpful Jilly, thank you 🙂

  3. Mohammed Anzil
    January 9, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Hey Jillianne,

    Excellent. I’m a huge Todoist fan. This helps me to find tasks by monthly.

  4. Chuck
    January 9, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    No, I do not think that I would use a calendar view. It really goes beyond a to do list. I plan my projects in Evernote. During weekly reviews I add things to Todoist. But I rarely go beyond 30 day horizon in Todoist.

    • Jilly
      January 9, 2019 at 1:55 pm

      I’ve never had much luck with planning long-term projects in Evernote, although I do love it for storing documents. Are you using an Evernote template for that or something of your own design? Maybe I should give it another shot.

  5. Rorey Cathcart
    January 9, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for being kind enough to include the copy-paste.

  6. Tara
    February 8, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Out of interest do you put calendar events in too? I am dithering between Things 3 and Todoist, and really like how Things 3 lets you see your calendar events alongside your to-dos.

    I love seeing what colours people use in Todoist as I’m a nosy parker. Would love to see what colours you use for your projects.

  7. Tara
    February 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Yep that’s exactly what I meant by events – I feel like they are ‘supposed’ to be on a calendar but actually that’s just one more app to use. And, thank you so much for sharing the screenshot. I love it!

  8. Halsted
    February 15, 2019 at 7:13 am

    This was so helpful. Thank you for sharing it! I cannot wait for the calendar view in Todoist.
    (For those of us using DD/MM/YYYY format in our dates, the queries will need to be slightly adjusted.)

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