How to Create a Template in Todoist – An Illustrated Guide


Todoist (link to Todoist website) is a highly flexible, web-oriented task management service offered by Doist (link to Doist website). Todoist is available across all platforms.

As you start to use Todoist regularly, you may find that you want the ability to create a template of tasks you do regularly. For example, you may have projects you do for clients that have the same tasks that need to be completed. Rather than having to create these tasks from scratch every time, having a pre-built project full of the tasks would be much easier. Fortunately, Todoist does support the creation and reuse of templates (you do need to be subscribed to the Todoist Premium subscription in order to make your own templates). This blog post will walk you through, step-by-step, how to create and use templates in Todoist.

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What are Projects in Todoist?

Projects are nothing more than a collection of tasks and subtasks that you define. If you were working on a project to remodel your kitchen, for example, you might create a project in Todoist called “Kitchen Remodel” that would contain all of the tasks and subtasks required to complete the remodel.

What are Templates?

Templates are exactly what they sound like: a skeleton of a project complete with all the tasks and subtasks already populated. Leveraging the kitchen remodel example, you might have a remodel template with all the tasks needed to do a remodel. Creating a template requires a couple of steps to complete, which we will go through step-by-step.

How to Create a Templates

Creating a template in Todoist starts by creating a project and filling it with tasks and subtasks. It is really simple to create projects and tasks in Todoist.

Create a New Project

To create a project in Todoist:

Add project button in Todoist
Open Todoist and Press the “+” button

Open up Todoist. You should see a panel on the left with the word “Project” in bold with a “+” sign to the right. Click the “+” sign.

Naming your project

Give your project a name and click the “Add Project” button. Your new project name should appear in the list of projects. Next click on the new project. Your new project should now appear in the main window to the right of the panel.

Add Tasks and SubTasks to Project
add a task

The next thing you want to do is to add tasks and subtasks to your project. To add a task, simply press the “Add a Task” button in the main area underneath the project title.

Your first task!
Adding Another Task
Making a task a subtask of another task

To create a subtask, create a new task using the steps mentioned earlier. Click on the task and then click the ellipsis and choose subtask from the drop-down menu (or just use the keyboard shortcut Command/Right Arrow Key).

Our Project

Continue adding tasks and subtasks until your project task list is complete.

Exporting Your New Project as a Template

There are two ways to export your new project as a template:

  • As a CSV file
  • As a Shareable Link

A CSV file is a comma-delimited file that is openable in applications like Microsoft Excel and Apple Numbers. A shareable link is a URL that you can use to create a new project with your template.

Export to CSV file

Exporting your project as a CSV file is pretty straight-forward.

To start, select your project and click on the ellipsis to the right of the project name.

Select Export as a template

Select “Export as a template” from the drop-down menu.

Select Export as file

A pop-up window will appear labeled “Export as a template”. Click the button marked “Export as file”.

CSV file in Downloads folder
CSV file

A CSV file with the title of your project will download to your Downloads folder. Put this file in a safe place on your computer.

Export to Shareable Link

Exporting to a shareable link follows some of the steps we took when we exported to a CSV file.

To export to a shareable link:

click the ellipsis

To start, select your project and click on the ellipsis to the right of the project name.

export as template

Select “Export as a template” from the drop-down menu.

click “export as shareable URL” button

Click the “Export as shareable URL” button

Shareable URL

You will see a new pop-up menu labeled “Export as a Template” with the URL of your template and a “Copy to Clipboard” button to the right of the URL. Click the “Copy to Clipboard” button and paste it in your note-taking application or a document you can easily find and reference later. You want to keep this URL handy as you will be referencing it over and over again.

How to Use a Template You Created

Now that you have your template saved, importing it is relatively easy.

To Import a Template from CSV File

To import your template from a CSV file, follow the steps below:

Create a new project and give it a name.

Click the ellipsis to the right of the project name and select “Import from template” from the drop-down menu.

A pop-up window will appear labeled “Import from template”. Drag your CSV file to the dotted-line box or click the “select one file from your computer…” button and select your CSV file.

imported template

Your new project should now contain all of the tasks and subtasks from your template.

To Import a Template from a Shareable Link
use this template

Using the shareable link option for importing your template is very easy. Simply log into Todoist in your web browser. Once logged in, copy your shareable URL from your saved note or document you made earlier in this tutorial and paste it into the URL text field of your browser. You should see a pop-up window labeled with the name of your template and a red button labeled “Use This Template”. Press the “Use This Template” button. Your template will appear with all of the tasks and subtasks populated.

You will want to change the name to your new project name. To do this, in the left panel, click the ellipsis to the left your new project and select “Edit project”.

new template from shareable URL

Type in the project name into the text field and press “Save”. Your new project should be ready to use.

Todoist Pre-Made Templates

If you are looking for pre-made templates that you can use or modify to your needs, you are in luck. Todoist has created a bunch of very nice pre-made templates that you can use. The templates can be found at the link below:

link to Todoist Pre-Made Templates

There are all types of templates spread across several categories:

  • Marketing & Sales
  • Design & Product
  • Development
  • Support
  • Management
  • Creative
  • Work
  • Education
  • Personal
GTD Weekly Review template

To use one of the pre-made templates, simply click on the template you want to use and click the “Use template” button.

Use this Template

You will be directed to a webpage with a title of the template you chose and a “Use This Template” button. Click the “Use This Template” button.

GTD template in your Todoist

The pre-made template will now show up in your Todoist main window. You can edit it, remove and add tasks and subtasks as necessary and save it. Once you have customized the template to fit your needs, you can then save it as a template using the steps outlined earlier in this blog post.

Summary

Todoist is a great task management application aimed at users who love automation and cross-platform support. Todoist integrates to pretty much every web service you could want and has a simple interface that doesn’t take long to master. Creating and using templates helps to reduce the time it takes to manage projects in Todoist.


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