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Need ability to add tags to tasks


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A task is an attribute of the note.  That is how it has been architected, so a note is first needed as a container for the task.  If you create a task without assigning it to a note, it will be assigned automatically to a note called "Things to do".  

I see your point and would also like to assign a tag to the note when creating a task.  When you create a new task, they show you the note that it is assigned to and give you the ability to move it.  It would be nice if below that was a note tags item showing any current tags assigned to that note, and the ability to add or delete note tags from there.  I think that would accomplish what you are asking for.

Also, I would like to see a task view grouped by tag.

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Dear All, 

 

Can I kindly have the potential to add TAGS for tasks as well. This would be a game changer because it allows you to put TASKS on different lists (on computer, CALL ) coming from various projects. 

 

Pls include - game changer for GTD implementation. All with Evernote - no other app

 

Best,l

Chris

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1 hour ago, Excited Evernote User said:

TASKS on different lists (on computer, CALL ) coming from various projects. 

I added my vote
Until this request gets implemented, we have to work with tags at the note level   
I'm able to generate the "different lists" using saved searches    
I use an individual note for each task 

I moved the discussion from the IOS forum to the General forum

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Would support this idea.

I'm a long-time user who implemented GTD methodology making a notebook for Next Actions, another for Projects, and so on.  For each next action I created a note and used tags for each context (computer, errands, phone, home, etc.).  Until the recent rework, I could sort my next actions notes by tag, which was useful, but the recent releases eliminated that feature in favor of a filtering process which doesn't allow me to see all the notes/next actions in order of the tag/contexts.

I would adopt tasks for next actions but can't tag them with the context at this point.  If I could use tasks as Next Actions and sort by tags, or even filter by tags, I'd be good.

A distinct concern from the loss of tag sorting is simply how much slower to execute my commands are the recent releases. The price of more uniformity across platforms has been high so far.

 

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Currently you can only tag the note in which a task is located.

All tasks need to have a „home“ note, but you can move the task from one note to another. Maybe this could help with your GTD setup.

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I have just returned to Evernote as a task management system, and while I was excited at first, the lack of ability to tag tasks is making it less than useful. I literally have dozens or more tasks - things I want to track. I tried to make these each a note, and then link them into projects through tags and saved searches, but I found that cumbersome. Flag/no flag is not enough. Let me create my own priority system through tags and I'll be a happy camper.

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Currently you can tag the note containing the task. Have you tried the new CONTAINS command for the search syntax yet ? By it you can limit (saved) searches to notes that hold tasks only, or open or closed tasks.

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4 hours ago, Marilyn123 said:

Let me create my own priority system through tags and I'll be a happy camper.

I'm interested in hearing details on your tag system

For myself, I'm applying tags at the note level, and using a single tag per note

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Hi.

I would like the ability to create a plain old task and apply a tag to it without having to create a note first for it to “live” in. While the ability to flag a task is nice, I do not understand why the ability to tag a task was not part of the initial roll-out. This seems to be such a logical progression as opposed to introducing a brand new bit of functionality in “flags.”

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I was under the impression that the creation of a task without first assigning it to a note would be classified as being a "stand-alone task." I had realized that the task was actually assigned to a note called "things to do." That is curious. If this is the case, then it makes even less sense why you providing the ability to tag a task wouldn't have been an easy option right out the gates on a first release basis. Curious.

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This question touches at a foundation of EN: The server backend. This is where essential functions are performed.

EN is well set up to do a lot of things, like OCR for pictures (even handwriting) and pdfs, geolocation storage, reminders and the like. But if you look closer, everything is wrapped into an envelope, called a "note". The server handles notes, and in the metadata of the notes many things happen that make EN work.

Imagine having a complex data base build around notes - and now introducing a completely new entity called a "task". Think about the consequences ?!

That is the reason why tasks are attachments to notes (and if they don't have one, the system provides for it), and not free flying objects in the EN universe. If you want to tag a task, give him a envelope (a note) and tag the envelope.

I am by no way against tagging tasks, but it might be more difficult than it seems.

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On 8/13/2021 at 9:43 PM, PinkElephant said:

Imagine having a complex data base build around notes - and now introducing a completely new entity called a "task". Think about the consequences ?!

Make sense. But i appreciate such a feature.

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I understand the difficulty with changing the status of notes, but I also note that the current implementation of tasks is fundamentally at odds with any GTD- oriented productivity approach in which tasks are the basic unit. With tasks living in notes, they are difficult to manage. Another but related issue I currently experience is that anything I capture with EN (eg., e-mails sent to EN, pictures taken, quick notes) becomes, of course, a note. Many of these things imply tasks belonging to existing projects, but currently I see no straightforward workflow for converting something that arrived as a note into a task belonging to an existing project. Any suggestion on that would be welcome. For now I'm sticking to my old system of keeping notes as actions with reminders attached, but I find that with the new version the use of reminders has become a lot less elegant.

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First...I love that Evernote finally added a Task feature.

I would like to be able to add Tags to a Task. I have integrated Evernote with another app, and that app will populate tasks when it sees a Tag in Evernote. I wish I could just use Evernote for for my Tasks & Projects (without hacking it), but the way Evernote crams all Tasks into one note (Things to do) makes extra work for me. 

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You can create a Task in any note, right?  

No need for them to all be in a "Things to do" note.

Just bringing this to your attention.  

My Tasks are not loading at all right now, so I came here to see if there was a solution, and saw your comment.

Hope this helps.  (and I hope I understood your comment properly 🙂  )

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1 hour ago, Len15 said:

You can create a Task in any note, right?  

No need for them to all be in a "Things to do" note.

Just bringing this to your attention.  

My Tasks are not loading at all right now, so I came here to see if there was a solution, and saw your comment.

Hope this helps.  (and I hope I understood your comment properly 🙂  )

 You *can* create a Task in any Note. But if you just want to create a stand alone Task and don't want or need a Note to go along with it, then you're limited in your options of what you can do with that stand alone Task. It gets dumped into a default note (which is originally set up by evernote as Things to do). 

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1 hour ago, Len15 said:

You can create a Task in any note, right?  

No need for them to all be in a "Things to do" note.

Just bringing this to your attention.  

My Tasks are not loading at all right now, so I came here to see if there was a solution, and saw your comment.

Hope this helps.  (and I hope I understood your comment properly 🙂  )

 When you say that your Tasks are not loading, do you mean they're not loading in Evernote, or are you trying to integrate them with another app? Also, what platform are you on while you're trying to see your Tasks?

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3 hours ago, Tammy819 said:

I would like to be able to add Tags to a Task. I have integrated Evernote with another app, and that app will populate tasks when it sees a Tag in Evernote. I wish I could just use Evernote for for my Tasks & Projects (without hacking it), but the way Evernote crams all Tasks into one note (Things to do) makes extra work for me. 

Personally, I use a separate note for each task   
I can add tags to the note and it integrates with the other apps

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Hi Tammy,

Got it on the stand-alone task.  Yes it would be great to add Tags. I expect that Tasks has been such a welcome addition that we will see enhancements to their functionality continuing.

Regarding my Task not showing up - in the main Evernote window.  Windows 10 desktop computer.  Still not working.  Scares me when stuff like this happens!

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Make sure you run the latest version, currently 10.20.4.

If this does not help, you can try this (PC):

Go to File > Sign Out [name] from the menu bar.

Select the "Remove my Evernote data from this device" option, then click Sign out.

Restart your computer.

Sign back in to Evernote

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Thanks for your answer. However, creating notes with single tasks is still rather awkward. For one, in the overview of tasks, only the notes in which these tasks live are shown as metadata, and not the metadata for the notes. So I can add tags for projects, context, etc to the notes, but I can't easily manage tasks using these tags. Also, having to manually create a task in every note is rather annoying if task management is your main usage of Evernote.

In Joplin, one can easily convert a note into a task and vice versa. Something like that would be ideal, I think.

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EN still is a note taking app with a tasking feature. You see it when thinking about the fact that tasks can only exist when embedded in notes.

Using tasks to control notes is a better description of the use case.

For plain task management you are better off using a task manager app.

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Well, but Evernote has introduced reminders for notes years ago, clearly trying to cater to people who want to use it for managing tasks as well as for note taking. The beauty of that, in my opinion, was that it allowed me to task as well as all kinds of other information related to projects (background information, ideas, etc) in one searchable environment, in combination with Evernote's fabulous capture-everything capabilities. If I'd move to a plain task manager app, I'd lose that.

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46 minutes ago, Rense said:

Well, but Evernote has introduced reminders for notes years ago, clearly trying to cater to people who want to use it for managing tasks as well as for note taking. The beauty of that, in my opinion, was that it allowed me to task as well as all kinds of other information related ...

Agreed, adding features at the note level was the better design   
Due date should have been added at the note level   
The current implementation of tasks seems to be a hack job; there is no task entity 

>>However, creating notes with single tasks is still rather awkward.

I'm still using the Evernote Legacy product, and the note per task methodology   
It works well for "plain task management"   
To produce task lists, I use filtered note lists; supplemented with scripting (Mac Applescript)

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1 hour ago, DTLow said:

Due date should have been added at the note level   

 

But that was already there in the form of reminders, wasn't it? It seems that the reminder functionality is being downgraded (e.g, the checkbox in the reminder list view is now gone) in favor of the much less usable task functionality. I don't get it.

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1 hour ago, Rense said:

But that was already there in the form of reminders, wasn't it?

Confirmed, I make use of the reminder feature to identify active tasks, and store an optional due date   
It also stores completion status/date

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On 9/8/2021 at 9:53 AM, DTLow said:

Confirmed, I make use of the reminder feature to identify active tasks, and store an optional due date   
It also stores completion status/date

Hey DTLow,

Joined the forum to ask, is there a description of how you do the note per task methodology?

I'm pretty attached to tagging and it seems that this would be cumbersome, but I'm willing to give it a try.

Thanks!

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On 9/16/2021 at 2:20 PM, McBry said:

is there a description of how you do the note per task methodology?

No definitive description   
I started with a process called The Secret Weapon, but it never updated for due date  
Also, I preferred a tag based system without notebooks

With a separate note per task, I can assign tags    
and generate filtered task lists

Evernote's new task feature is still a work-in-progress, so I'm waiting for the work to be completed 

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A task in EN is always located in a note.

If it is created free, and no note is assigned, it goes to the default task note that was created when tasks were introduced.

You can always assign a task to a note. You can see the note as a container for the task. If you want to add information the task can't hold, it can be added to the note.

This is not 1:1 as if the task itself could do it, but probably currently the best workaround.

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