How to Use the Upcoming View in Todoist – Complete Guide


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Todoist has replaced the “Next 7 Days” view with an Upcoming view and it is different by extremely useful. But how do you actually use the Upcoming view and what value does it provide you in getting things done? That is what this guide is for, to teach you how to use the Upcoming view and what scenarios it will provide value to you.

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Now let’s get started with the tutorial!

Upcoming View

The Upcoming view in Todoist contains a couple of sections:

  • Month/Year
  • Week view
  • List of Days with Tasks

Accessing the Upcoming View

Upcoming view in the Todoist sidebar

You can find the Upcoming view in the left panel of the Todoist window under the Today view. To access the Upcoming view, simply click or press on it.

Upcoming View Main Window

main window of the Upcoming view in Todoist

As you can see from the screenshot above, the Upcoming view is a well-structured view of your tasks that will occur. While the view initially shows you the current week you are in, you can change the day range you are looking at inside the view.

The Month/Year Drop-down

Month/Year Drop-down in Todoist Upcoming View

In the top left-hand corner of the Upcoming view window, there is a month/year drop-down. The drop-down defaults to the current month and year.

Month/Year drop-down clicked reveals calendar

Clicking on the month/year drop-down will display a calendar where you can scroll to the date you want to see. Once you see the date you want to view, click or press on it and the upcoming view will refresh and show the activity on that date and the days immediately following it.

If you want to quickly go back to the current date, simply click the “circle” in the calendar as shown in the above screenshot.

Navigating time periods shown in upcoming view via left and right arrows

You can also move forward and backward in time when in the calendar via the arrow keys as shown in the screenshot above.

The Week Section of the Upcoming View in Todoist

The Week section of Upcoming view in Todoist

The week section, as shown above, displays the current week of the day you have chosen. By default, it uses the current day but you can change it in a couple of ways:

  • via the month/year drop-down
  • using the left/right arrows above the week section

We already covered the month/year drop-down but the Upcoming view also provides arrows and a “Today” button for navigation as shown in the screenshot below:

navigation controls in Todoist Upcoming View

The right arrow moves the view forward one week each time you press it. Conversely, the left arrow moves you back one week each time you press it. The “Today” button resets the view to the current date.

Selected date will have a red line underneath, days with tasks will have a dot underneath

If you notice in the week section, the selected date will always have a red line underneath it. Also is a date has tasks due, that date will have a dot underneath it in the week section.

Day Section of the Upcoming View in Todoist

the day section of the Upcoming View in Todoist

The day section of the Upcoming view the currently selected day and each successive day and the tasks assigned to them. You can scroll through the future dates up to 2 years from the current day. You can move back one week at a time via the navigation arrows at the top of the view or simply click the “Today” button to go back to the current day.

Adding a New Task to a Day in the Upcoming View

Add a task in Upcoming view in Todoist by clicking Add Task button on day

You can create a new task on a day in the Upcoming view by click the “+ Add task” button in the day you want.

Enter name of task, configure settings and click Add Task

Enter the name of the task. You can add priority level, labels (tags), reminders and comments as well as assign the task to a project. Once you are done configuring the task, click or press “Add Task” button to create the task.

New task created in Upcoming View

Your new task should appear in the Upcoming view on the date you assigned it.

Summary

The Upcoming view, in my opinion, is a welcome replacement for the previous Next 7 Days view it replaced. The Upcoming view contains more information and is more flexible. I hope this tutorial was helpful. Good luck!

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