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Todoist Smart Schedule is adding AI smarts to your task lists

Todoist, the popular cross-platform task management platform, has announced a shiny new feature it's calling Smart Schedule, bringing some AI smarts into your daily planning.

Smart Schedule at its core will suggest completion dates for your tasks based on a number of key factors such as your current task load, past behavior and estimated urgency. It says it's in response to "snowballers," users who frequently just keep redating their overdue tasks and procrastinating on them. Smart Schedule is designed to help set realistic deadlines in the first place so this doesn't happen.

I, of course, have never continually redated my Todoist list. Ahem.

The full list of features includes:

  • The user's habits: Based on when users have assigned and completed tasks in the past, Smart Schedule suggests futures dates for similar tasks. For example, if a user usually assigns tasks containing the word "read" for Fridays, Smart Schedule is more likely to suggest Friday for future reading tasks.
  • Estimated task urgency: Drawing from a meta-analysis across all Todoist users, Smart Schedule estimates the relative urgency of any given task. For example, "read book" will be assigned further out than "fix bug".
  • The user's upcoming task load: Smart Schedule takes into account all upcoming tasks and distributes recommended due dates accordingly to even out the load.
  • Workdays versus weekends: Smart Schedule learns which types of tasks can be done on weekends, and which should always be scheduled during the work week (for example, "Finish draft" or "Check email").
  • The user's estimated "End of Day": Based on past behavior, Smart Schedule estimates when a user usually stops completing tasks and will stop suggesting "Today" as a due date.
  • A user's daily goals: Todoist allows users to set and track daily and weekly goals for the number tasks they want to complete. Smart Schedule will suggest due dates to help a user meet those goals.

Best of all the feature is rolling out from today on all platforms, including Windows 10. Grab it now from the Store at the link below.

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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

3 Comments
  • Best app keeps getting better :) 
  • Interesting use of AI.
  • Nice use of AI. If the AI is good enough this could really help you automate the project managment part of GTD This combined with the power of Bar charts wil give you an insightful overview of all your current projects. If you add tasks or new projects it can suggest you what to do when. Bar charts makes this much more visual so you always have the helicopter view I hope we will see bar charts in Todoist one day.