Tasks are first-class citizens in Amplenote. All tasks reside within a note, but it's easy to view tasks apart from their note-bound context. In this help article, we'll cover how to create tasks, and what options Amplenote provides for configuring them.
There are many different paths by which tasks can enter your Amplenote world.
The "classic way" to create new tasks. To create a new task within an open note or jot you can either:
 (that is, open bracket, closed bracket, space) in the note area, then type your task text. For example:
Creating a new task by typing brackets, followed by a space. Then check it to mark as complete
2. Click the check icon in the formatting bar
Tapping the checkbox icon will create a new task on either desktop or mobile
Either way you create a task, it will show up in Tasks View Mode and organizing task lists (to-do lists) in whatever tags you have assigned to your note or jot.
Check out the dedicated help page on this topic here: The iOS & Android Quick Task Bar: creating tasks and to-do lists on mobile.
Check out the dedicated help page on this topic here: How do I use Quick Open navigation?#Quickly create new tasks.
Every note offers the provision to have an email address associated with it using our mail-to-note feature. By creating a contact in Gmail (or your email app of choice) with your note address, you can quickly forward emails to your todo list.
Amplenote will soon offer a native share extension for iOS and Android. In the meantime, we recommend creating a contact that is accessible to your mobile platform's mailing app. Then, you can email links to your applicable todo list(s) by typing a couple characters of the contact that you setup.
To create a subtask, use the tab key to indent, or shift-tab to outdent, child tasks. For example
🎁 Send Santa an updated present list
Grow 1" by tomorrow
Watch the paint dry
To learn more about using subtasks, check out Using nested tasks and subtasks.
If you install the Amplecap browser extension (Chrome, Firefox), then you can define an Omnicapture hot key that will allow you to capture a task even when you're not using Amplenote. You can read more about Omnicapture on the help page for Amplecap.
In a 2024 update of the Amplenote native desktop app, we plan to introduce a configurable system-wide hotkey that can be used to capture a task or look up a note.
Often, there are details about a task that go beyond words. For example, if you're keeping a list of glitches to fix, it's handy to be able to include an image of the problem with each task. The way to do this in Amplenote is through Rich Footnotes and content previews.
Rich Footnotes can be used to store any combination of
Check it out:
We are constantly adding new types of content that can be stored in Rich Footnotes, so visit Rich Footnotes and content previews to see the full list of content that can be embedded in a task.
Use the expand icon on the right of the task bar to open the Task Details, or use the hotkey. This will make available the options listed below.
There are three options for task repeat schedule in Amplenote
Doesn't repeat (bor-ing!)
Repeat on a fixed schedule. Set up a recurring schedule, so that task is due on specific day(s). Example.
Repeat after task is complete aka Flexible Recurrence. Sets up a recurring schedule, so that a task is due a certain number of days after you last completed it
Example: Hold a checkin with your employee 30 days after the last meeting
Example: Do the hokey pokey
Here's what it looks like for a task that doesn't repeat:
Select an option from the menu. Example values.
Or, create a custom schedule. Type "every" + a number, day of the week, or time interval to see options. Head over to Calculations: dates, time and math#Date calculation: defining recurring rules to see more natural language examples.
It will look something like this:
The time in the blue fields defines the rules for when this task will be due and when it is hidden. The times beneath the blue fields show when the next instance of the task will be triggered. You can click in the non-blue fields if you want to modify when the next instance of the task should occur, but you want to keep the rule for its recurrence unchanged.
Tasks can repeat on a weekly basis (such as
every week on Monday), but you can also specify which days of the week the task should be due on: here is an example of a task repeating every weekday and an example of a task repeating on a custom week day pattern.
Head over to Calculations: dates, time and math#Date calculation: defining recurring rules for a longer list of natural language examples.
In addition to setting the recurrence interval, recurrence rules also let you specify when a task should stop repeating. To do so, you can type in:
every day until December 31, 2023 or
every day for 16 times
for keywords after an interval will be recognized as indicators for when a task should stop repeating.
until, you have to follow it up with a date. When completing such a repeating task, a repeat task will be generated if and only if its Start Date will not be after the specified limit date.
for, you need to specify the exact number of times that the task will reoccur for. No further tasks will be generated after that many repetitions have been registered.
Choose "When the task is complete" as the "Repeat" value
Select an option from the "Start at" menu. Example values.
(Optional) Select an option from the "Hide until" menu, so the task won't pop back on to your list immediately after you finish it. Example values.
As with the Fixed Recurrence mentioned above, blue fields defines the rules for the recurrence, and the non-blue fields show the specific time that the next instance of the task is upcoming.
Another way to set Flexible Recurrence is via the associated task command: Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu#Every.
In the Task Details panel, you can check if you want to receive a notification at the task's "Due" time. Notification options can be managed in Settings > Notifications. There you can configure yourself to receive push notifications, browser notifications, or email notifications.
Based on the Eisenhower Method (aka the Covey Quadrants), lend your future self a hand by deciding whether the newly created task is Urgent, Important, both, or neither:
Here's how we think about the two:
Urgent tasks mean that some bad consequence will ensue if this doesn't get done in the next couple days. 😬
Important tasks mean that the task aligns with your existing long-term or short-term goals. 🌈
In general, we believe that a more successful and productive life results from minimizing time spent on Urgent tasks and maximizing time spent on Important ones.
Urgency and importance can also be set using the associated task commands: Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu#Important & Urgent.
Duration allows you to specify how long you think a task will take.
Choose from the four options
Tip: if you have tasks that are 90+ minutes, it might help to break them down into a few smaller tasks
We find that tasks in the 15- and 30- minute range are often easier to take action on
Task Score is designed to prioritize shorter task
Shorter duration tasks accumulate Task Score more quickly because you once cared enough to pick a Duration for them, and they're easy opportunities to reduce the clutter on your todo list by completing them
Task duration can also be set using the associated task command: Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu#Duration.
Click the number in the Task Score area, then enter a new score:
Other ways to edit task score include:
Resetting the score of a task: Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu#Reset Score;
Increasing the score of a task: Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu#Max Score.
There are many ways to hide a task until later. Snoozing tasks is such an essential piece of the Amplenote experience that it earns its own first class-help page here.
To mark a task as complete, you have three options:
Click into the checkbox to check it off your list;
Use the associated keyboard shortcut: Keyboard Shortcuts & Markdown Syntax Examples#Mark task complete;
Use the associated task command: Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu#Complete.
Once marked as complete, your task will be moved to the bottom of your note, in the
Completed tab, where you can also see the todo graph displaying your productivity score.
Want your tasks to stay inline? Check out ☑️ Crossing out tasks.
Completedtab of a note, use drag-and-drop to move a task's completion date to another day.
In addition to marking them as complete, tasks can also be dismissed for half the accumulated score (read more about How does Task Score work?).
You might consider dismissing a task when it's half done, somebody else happened to get to it before you did or circumstances made it so that the task was no longer necessary. Whichever convention you choose, task dismissal is a good way to procrastinate on your to-do's while also getting rewarded some of the sweet task score for it.
Note that dismissing a recurring task will keep the upcoming occurrence of that task!
Also check out the associated keyboard shortcut: Keyboard Shortcuts & Markdown Syntax Examples#Dismiss task.
For more, see our dedicated help page on crossing out (strikethrough) tasks when completed
If you need to remove an item from your todo list altogether, click into the line and use the Delete or Backspace key on your keyboard to remove the task.
Alternatively, you can expand the task details and use the "Delete" option in the menu, or use the associated task command: Using the Keyboard-driven ! Task Commands Menu#Delete.