Todo & Task management

In this video, we'll look at some of the ways you can organize tasks, todos and checklists in Tana


Hello, and welcome to this overview video about managing tasks and todos in Tana!

Tasks in Tana ranges from the very simplest form of checkbox todos to complex tasks in bug tracking, project management and more.

We'll be covering the basics as well as give you and overview and link to more complex use cases you can build.

Check boxes

The very simplest form that indicates a task in tana, is to create a checkbox on a node.

This is useful for creating shoping lists or just ad-hoc lists for tracking your day-to day stuff

Buy bread

You do this simply by pressing Cmd Enter on a Mac or Ctrl Enter on other platforms.

This creates a checkbox, and if you press the same keys again, it goes from a check box to a completed checkbox.

Buy milk

Pick up package from mail office

Take out trash

You can select multiple lines and turn them into checkbox or check multiple boxes at the same time

Todo tag

Tana comes pre-installed with a Todo-tag you can use explicit Todos.

Order parts for my flux capacitor


The nice thing about it, is that you can then find all your Todo's in the side-bar.

The todo-tag also have a Due-date you can use to indicate when it needs to be done.

[Set date for tomorrow]

For now, we don't notify or remind you about the due date, but when you're on the particular date, it will show up as a reference on the bottom of your day.

Here as well, I can tag multiple lines:

Tell Doc about loose door in the DeLorean

Pick up flowers for Jennifer

Burn the Gray Sports Almanac


Your own tag

Now let's look at how you can create your own Tag to manage Tasks.

We'll create a Wishlist tag to organize items you're thinking of buying.

I'll start by adding the item "Circular saw" and tagging it as #wishlist

I then click on the tag and choose configure to give it some fields.

I want a status for my items, and I want it to have a fixed set of values as





We'll also give it a price-field and a node to organize the research for this item

Let's go ahead and add some more items to my list of things to buy

New phone

In-ear buds

New running shoes


If I click the tag I can find everything tagged as #wishlist.

I can rename the live search and drag it to the sidebar for easy access.

Let's view the list as a table so I can quickly add approximate prices.

And finally let's view it as a kanban so I can see and easily change the status of all of my items.


The last thing we'll cover is how to create checklists

Checklists are a great way to quickly organize packing lists, new employee checklists and things like that

I start the same way as with the #wishlist-tag

I'll create a node called "Pack for Yosemite" and tag it with "hiking packing list"

Packing list for Yosemite

#hiking packing list

I'll then add fields for every item that I need to bring.

I'll click add new field, choose checkbox and give it a name


I'll then just repeat the process for the rest of my gear

Sleeping bag

Hiking boots



Base layer

Wind/rain layer



If I now go back to my node "pack for Yosemite", you'll see that I have a nice list of everything I need to pack.

I can also combine tags, like adding the #todo tag. If I open it, you, you will see that it has both a due date and the pack list.

Another way to do the same thing, would be to in-line-rereference the packing list, by creating a new node and say:

"Remember to pack" and hit the @-key to search for Yosemite and create a link to my packing list.

I then tag this as a Todo and there's a clear separation between the checklist and the task of actually packing.


This is just scratching the surface of how to manage tasks in Tana.

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Until next time, take care and go with the flow!

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