Task Linking between lists
Like the "create shortcut" option in microsoft windows that allows programs to be run from different folders, my concept is similar except it applies to wunderlist.
By being able to link tasks onto different Lists, we are able to further organize and increase productivity.
An example of this being put into action would be like:
Brian has two lists. One is his General to do list, the other list is labelled "Electronics"
Brian wants the same task to be on both his General to do list, and on his Electronics list.
So Brian decides to create the same titled task in both Lists, however, he finds that both tasks do automatically sync with each other, and if he were to make any changes to the task, he would have to apply it to the other task in the other list in order to keep his progress in sync.
So instead Brian creates a task in his "Electronics list" and then Links that task to his "General to do List" so that it may appear in there too.
Now that a link is created. Any changes Brian makes to the linked task will also mirror onto the same task that is in a different to do list.
Generally this will make things easier to complete tasks, and can have massive potential for ways of organizing that Hashtags arent able to do. However the linking may create clutter for others so i suggest a On/Off Option in the settings to enable Linking between tasks or not
Neil Rogers commented
To take this further, it would be great to have the ability to set dependencies between tasks as well as linking them. We all know that many tasks can not be completed unless another one is completed first. And using sub tasks is not effective because it will not allow to be assigned to different people.
When creating a task, or in the options of the task, being able to set which lists it appears in would be helpful for several of my items.
I just started using Wunderlist, and have liked it except for the lack of two features:
1. linking tasks
2. Being unable to easily merge two lists
If I find another user-friendly program that has these features, I will immediately switch.
Ha ha ha, my name is Brian and i just got through suggesting this same idea! Thats frikin hilarious!
Hello is anyone listening. I want this feature as well. I have a team-tasks list that I also need to add to my critical now(today) list or do this week list. So I don't loose site of it. Its good to know that it is also a team task as well as that it needs done this week or it needs done today.
What I really want is somethign like this:
I really need this because sometimes I look at items I have to do for projects (e.g. business 1) and sometimes by field (e.g. Contact Marketing contacts).
I want the same task to be on both lists and when it is marked done on either, to be marked done on both lists.
Yes, definitely. My approach: I have a list for a certain project. For this specific project I need to buy stuff. Those items are listed in my project list - plus I have a general shopping list where all items from various projects are listed (as links). Once I check the item - either in my project list or my shopping list - it is checked in both lists.
Yes! This feature should be super easy. Why no feedback from Wunderlist? Thinking about switching to Evernote to address this.
It would be awesome to be able to relate the same item/task in multiple lists and if it is checked or updated from one list it will be the same in all lists it is a member of.
Brian Prentiss commented
this seems to be a very basic and easy feature to add.
I've wanted this since I first started using wunderlist!
"Linking" tasks would be awesome, but if that is too hard to implement, I would settle for simply having tasks be able to sit in multiple lists (one difference from "linking" would be that you would not be able to give the task a different name in different lists, it would just be a single task that is shared between multiple lists).
I agree. It would be great to be able to link tasks across different folders, or create an "alias" task in another folder.
Mark Warner commented
I agree that this would be really, really useful. Would love to see it implemented.
Yes! My Boss and I are starting to use this at work and she has a task that myself and another coworker are both working on different parts for. We are in different departments so it wouldn't make sense to share the whole to do list with both of us. It would be nice to link the task to our separate to do lists or be able to assign a task to someone even if the whole list isn't shared with them.
Sander Schaeffer commented
I've added 3 votes to this one. I wanted to suggest this myself, but I see you've made the scenario as I had it in my mind.
My scenario is a little different though, perhaps you could change that inside your post to make it a bit more general.
I want my inbox to be my main priority list, without any due dates. I have lists for school subjects, work projects, personal projects, etcetera. However, there are a few tasks that really should have my attention, but they don't get that as much as they should, as they're split across multiple lists.
I would like to reflect/copy/shortcut these priority tasks (instead of starring them (which is a good suggestion though..) on my inbox list, instead of duplicating them without a sync.
This functionality, as you describe it should be essential for Wunderlist!
Again: 3 votes!
I believe this is one of the most intelligent, and extremely useful features, that any digital organizing system should have.
Tags are no alternative for this, because they require attention for a completely seperate organization by it's own, while linked instances of tasks work like any other task, with no additional manipulation needed at all.
My only explanation, why this is recognized so little here, is probably that describing it, is not quite so simple.
This function though, would make keeping track of things so much more easy.
The defunct App "ASTRID" is said to have had this feature.
In larger data libraries it is essential.
Every program that creates lists - whether todo lists, or email, or files, or ... Needs 1) nested lists/folders, with indentation and folding in the browser; 2) and cross links, the ability for items and aggregates to appear in more than one place.
Custom smart lists and tags/labels are steps in this direction
Klein Ittai commented
This is an excellent idea.
I am suggesting a corollary: Since folders exist now, we should have the functionality to link an entire list.
A list is created in one folder and is linked to, in another.
An integer shall be displayed unobtrusively by the list name and it shall indicate how many links exist to that list. Hovering above that integer shall popup a listing of the folders that contain a link to the list. Deleting a list that is linked, shall remove it from the folder in which it appeared and decrement the # of links indicator elsewhere. Only deletion from all folders shall obliterate the list entirely.
Great Idea! When shall we see it implemented?