Tagging and Contexts in Wunderlist

If you’re looking for a simple way to make use of contexts and tags in Wunderlist, read on.

Although I don’t use Wunderlist any more as part of my GTD toolkit (more on that at a later date), I still rank it as one of the best, free task management tools you can get. A lot of users were hoping that tagging would be included in V2 but, unfortunately, it didn’t make it in.

That said, there are ways and means to achieve the end result, even if it’s not ideal. After all, one expects to have to make a certain amount of compromise when using free tools.

When I needed to overcome this limitation I simply chose to include the context and any tags at the end of the task’s title. The following screenshot shows a task with the ’email’ context. I chose to use square brackets ‘[‘ & ‘]’ to enclose a context and curly braces ‘{‘ & ‘}’ to enclose a list of tags. I used these because I find it more readable than a more traditional @context and #tag markup. The picture shows a task with the ’email’ context.

A task in Wunderlist - "Book car in for a service", with a context of 'email'

A task having the ’email’ context

I then simply used Wunderlist’s search box to filter my lists for a specific context (by including the square brackets) or tag (by simply typing the tag name).

As I said at the start, this is a compromise and requires some work and consistency but, if you are looking to manage your entire GTD using Wunderlist – as I did – then you need to be prepared to forsake some efficiencies.

Have you integrated contexts and tags into your Wunderlist-based GTD solution? How have you found it? Is it worth the overhead?

I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments section, below.


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2 thoughts on “Tagging and Contexts in Wunderlist

  1. A good reason to include # in your tags and context markers is that Wunderlist automatically linkifies such tags in some versions (the Chrome add-on, for example). I keep a contexts list, so rather than typing in the tag to search I can just click the link et voila, I see all the relevant tasks!

    I wish they had this feature universally across apps, though.

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