How does Task Score work?

"Lindy cannot be fooled... The only effective judge of things is time."
Nicholas Taleb, An Expert Called Lindy

Task Score is a mechanism designed to help you organize your list and determine which tasks to focus on. Here's a blog post we wrote that outlines why we provide Task Score (because to-do lists get unwieldy otherwise). And here's another article more specifically about Task Score. Here's the general idea:

Tasks marked as "Urgent," "Important" or "Quick" automatically shifted to the top of the tasks Amplenote will show. Other tasks can be quickly dismissed.

The Task Score is derived from the following factors:

How many days has the note containing the task been opened? The greater the count of days on which you have opened the task's note, the more incremental Task Score accumulates for its non-hidden tasks

Is it Urgent? When a task is marked as Urgent, it's taken as an indication that your past self believed harm would come if this task wasn't completed within a couple days. Thus, Task Score increments aggressively each day when the task is designated "Urgent ."

Is it Important? When a task is marked as Important, it's taken as an indication that your past self believed this task corresponds with your short-term or long-term goals, thus is accumulates Task Score about 3x faster than a non-Important task.

Is it Due today? If it's Due today, the task gets 10 extra points to enhance the likelihood it will percolate to the top of whatever lists it resides within

Was a Duration set? If your past self bothered to choose a Duration for the task, that's a sign you thought the task was at least moderately important when you created it. If you indicated that the task could be done quickly, we interpret that as grounds to push the task up your list on behalf of showing tasks that could beget quick-hit productivity victories.

Task Score thresholds are color-coded to help you see which have the highest value or are most urgent:

linkHow Task Score value changes over time

When you create a task and Task Details, the task receives Task Score according to a schedule that increments task value at different velocity depending on what Task Context attributes have been set:

One element of Task Score's magic is how it increases in proportion to how often you consider working on the project. If you follow our recommended guidelines for naming tag hierarchies, you might tag a note as todo/project-name, even if you don't expect to work on it soon. For example, our CEO has a note entitled "Bill's Amplenote plugin wish list 2023" that is tagged todo/amplenote. It is unlikely that the team will have time to work on any of these plugins in the next 3 months. But, since Task Score only accumulates on days when the note containing the tasks is opened, the tasks will not visibly clutter the "Work" Task Domain. Since the note will be seldom opened until we're ready to start working on its tasks, their Task Score will impart a lower priority to these tasks compared to more immediately actionable tasks. When our team has time to start implementing these "best plugin" ideas, the note will be opened daily, and its associated tasks will rapidly ascend the Task Domain in which their tag is located.

linkColor Coding + Priority

As your Task Points hit certain thresholds, the color associated with the task changes. This helps draw attention to tasks that are urgent and important, or have been on your list for a while.

Red - 10 or more Task Score

Gold - 5 or more Task Score

Blue - 2 or more Task Score

Gray - 1 or more Task Score

Read more about how to use Task Points to manage your todo list:

Repeal the Todo List Tax

linkHow can I edit task score?

Click the number in the Task Score area, then enter a new score:

linkEditing Task Score in bulk

Life tends to shift priorities very often and projects tend to climb up and down the scale of actionability. To quickly adjust the Task Score of all tasks in a note in a fell swoop, use the per-note Task Score Adjustment option:

Score can be increased or decreased either as a relative percentage or an absolute value number.

linkHow can I estimate my productivity?

Amplenote displays graphs for recently completed todos, and todos completed over the longer-term. The graph shows how many tasks have been completed per day as well as the total Task Points from all completed todos. This helps answer questions like:

What's my most productive day of the week?

Am I growing more productive over time?

What habits correlate to my highest impact days?

Check out the Completed tasks help page for more details on how to use these views to learn how much is getting done as time passes.