Introducing Beryl: a Markdown Todo List
I lean pretty hard on todo lists. I’ve been a heavy Todoist user for about 7 years. In that time I’ve changed pretty much every other software I use, except for Todoist. I really like its simplicity, and the ability to ‘blind enter’ a task with only the keyboard.
But Todoist, at the end of the day, is a proprietary project. It’s moving away from being text focused. And I don’t own my data.
Last year I moved from Notion to Obsidian. It has been awesome for lots of reasons. One big one is I actually have my notes on my actual hard drive.
I want to do that for my todo list.
I like the idea of using gemstone names for projects, so for the time being this project is Codename Beryl.
Eventual target features:
- All data is stored in text files
- markdown support everywhere
- normal todo list features
- due dates
- context tags
- comments on tasks
- lightning fast sync between devices
I landed on this feature list based on my own usage, and poking around the todo.txt issues to see what people are complaining about
I absolutely love the idea of todo.txt, its simple and straightforward in a way I really really like. Unfortunately, the lack of subtasks is a really big deal for me, so I really can’t use it.
How do we design a spiritual successor to todo.txt?
For the uninitiated, todo.txt tasks go into one single file (todo.txt, surprise surprise). Tasks look like this:
This is my current thought for how a markdown based todo list would work:
- [ ] task title priority:1 context:contextName start:date finish:date due:date
- [ ] subtasks with one more tab
- [ ] task title p:1 c:context s:date f:date d:date
- [ ] subtasks
**markdown** comments with one more tab
must be right after task
- [ ] subtasks start right after comments
I think just using tags for everything allows for a lot more flexibility. For example, some people ight want to differentiate between the typical GTD ‘context’ and physical location. I think it makes a bit more sense and this is my thing dag nabit!
The general order of how I want to implement this
I’m very excited to play around with charm and wails, they both seem really cool! It seems like I can stay within the go ecosystem for most of what I want to do with this project.
I don’t think I’ve ever been this genuinely excited about a potential project. I’m pretty into task systems in general, so implementing my own sounds very fun!