Setting up Todoist To Track Your Habits: A 3 Step Guide


Cultivating the right habits is important to me. There are quite a few productivity apps out there and having used Todoist before, I wondered how well would Todoist fare in this aspect so I’ve set out to test this out.

A universal way you can use in both the free and premium versions of Todoist to track your habits can be done in 3 steps:

  1. Set up a suitable project name
  2. Add actions/behaviours that you want to track as habits as new tasks in the project
  3. Turn on show completed task in your project settings

There it is – how to set up Todoist to track your habits in 3 steps. But before you get going on this, there may be a few more things that you want to know about setting up a suitable project name.

Setting Up Todoist For Habits Tracking And More

Here’s how you set it up within the interface of Todoist:

  1. Set up a suitable project name

A good way to come up with an inspiring project name is to think of the end result that you’d want to achieve with the habits that you are trying to cultivate.

In this case, the project name is “Having more energy every day”.

In other cases, it could be “No longer feeling dehydrated every day”.

  1. Add actions/behaviours that you want to track as habits as new tasks in the project

Put down in very actionable and measurable terms what are the habits that you want to cultivate.

Do not put this down as a recurring task.

Habits tracking will not work for the free version of Todoist if recurring task is turned on.

  1. Turn on “show completed task” in your project settings

Turn “Show Completed Tasks” in your project settings and you will be able to track your habits just like the screenshot shows.

Your project settings can be found by tapping on the 3 dots as at the top right of the screenshot.

You may want to enter more info in the habits you are tracking.

Perhaps annotate it with a “(Week 1)”, “(Week 2)”.

You may be thinking – this method of tracking your habits can quickly get confusing and I understand where you are coming from.

Here are some practices that could organise your habits tracking better on Todoist.

Organise your habit tracking projects by month on Todoist.

Rather than having 1 whole chunk of tasks to track, make it more manageable for yourself by splitting your habit tracking projects into clearly defined timeframes.

In this case, by the month.

Separate each instance you are tracking your habit by week or by date.

If each instance of tracking your habit is not separated by the week or by date, it can quickly get confusing and mess up your habit tracking efforts.

We’ve now covered in its entirety way to use Todoist to track your habits that work in both the free and paid versions.

If you are considering to switch over to Todoist premium or is already using Todoist premium, consider the next method I am about to share to track your habits.

How To Set Up Habits Tracking In The Premium Version Of Todoist

Tracking your habits on Todoist premium is much more automated because of the many premium features available to you.

But this does not necessary mean that the method that works for both free and premium is lesser than this method that only works for premium users as we will discuss later.

Habits tracking with the premium version of Todoist and can be set up in 3 steps:

  1. Set up a suitable project name
  2. Add actions/behaviours that you want to track as habits as new recurring tasks in the project
  3. Track completed tasks

Let’s see how tracking habits differs in the free and premium versions.

  1. Set up a suitable project name

Similar to the method discussed just now.

Think of the end result you want to achieve with the tracking of the habits you have in mind.

This can be your project name.

  1. Add actions/behaviours that you want to track as habits as new recurring tasks in the project

Here is where things start to differ from the first method.

Over here, you want to set up your task to be recurring, just like the screenshot shown.

  1. Track completed tasks

Instead of tracking your tasks directly from your project, with the premium version of Todoist, you can track it by first going to the home page.

You then tap on the top left corner of your screen.

Here you will see your name together with the total number of completed tasks you have. Tap on that.

Here’s where Todoist does a bit of automation for you and you can see an overview of your tasks completed.

Here’s also where you will be able to track your habits.

At the home page, tap on the top left corner of your screen
Tap on the area where your name is
Here you get an overview of the habits you’ve kept to – exactly when it was completed and which project it belongs to

The Cons Of Habit Tracking For Both Todoist Free And Premium

This is probably for those who are contemplating whether to switch to Todoist premium so that you can supposedly track your habits better.

Don’t switch yet!

Because using Todoist premium for habits tracking is not necessarily better than using the free version of Todoist for habits tracking.

Cons of using Todoist Premium for habits tracking

While there is only 1 main reason I say that habits tracking is not necessarily better with the premium version, this 1 reason might be the determining factor for you.

Tracking of habits can get confusing if you use Todoist for many different functions.

You have the groceries list, the work project, and 10 other to-do lists that you are keeping track of.

Add habits tracking to the list and tracking your habits with a whole list of other unrelated items is going to get confusing.


In addition to the above main reason, I thought I’d share 1 more reason that might be important to you.

If you decide 1 day to stop using Todoist premium, all your habit tracking data will be gone.

All your habit tracking data gone without premium 🙁

Because tracking the tasks that you have completed only comes with Todoist premium, once you decide to stop paying for Todoist premium, so goes your habit tracking data as well.

That said, this is an easy problem to fix. Just pay for premium again and you will be able to see your habit tracking data again.

Cons of using free version of Todoist for habits tracking

Using the free version of Todoist for habits tracking is not perfect either. Here is the main reason why I say this.

The tracking of your habits cannot be automated.

For starters, you will have to create a new task every day.

On top of that, you will probably want to organise your tasks and projects into time periods.

That’s 2 extra sets of time and effort that you wouldn’t need to put in if you’re using Todoist premium.

So… all this sharing begs the question:

Which Method Should You Use To Do Habits Tracking In Todoist?

We’ve explored 2 methods of habits tracking on Todoist. 1 uses only the free features in Todoist while the other uses the premium version of Todoist.

Use the free method of tracking in Todoist if you are using Todoist for many functions other than habits tracking. Use the premium method of tracking in Todoist if you are using Todoist mainly for habits tracking.

If both methods on Trello do not satisfy how you want to track your habits, Trello is another great tool that you might want to consider.

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