πŸ€” What is Outlining?

Outlining is the process of creating hierarchies to contain whatever you’re thinking or working on. An outline breaks complex processes into smaller, more manageable bits.

Watch this short video guide to learn how outlining works on Taskade. πŸ‘‡

 

⚑ The Benefits of Outlining

If you're a writer, you can use outlining for taking notes and structuring documents. But a project outliner like Taskade is a much more versatile tool that’s excellent for:

  • πŸͺ¨ Breaking complex ideas/problems into smaller steps
  • βœ… Managing all your tasks in an organized way
  • πŸ‘‘ Visualize all kinds of hierarchical systems 
  • πŸ‘ Planning, managing, and debriefing projects
  • πŸ’¬ Preparing a meeting agenda/talking points
  • πŸ“ Connecting the dots and visualizing connections between ideas
  • πŸ”„ Creating reusable checklists, workflows, and templates.

 

πŸ’‘ Outlining Terminology

Taskade is a true outliner. That means it can "understand" the relationship between outline elements (nodes). To better visualize that relationship, outline elements are commonly referred to as Parents and Children.

  • 🌳 Parents (Tasks)
    • You start an outline (Project) on Taskade by creating tasks
    • A task is equivalent to a bullet point in the traditional sense
    • A task occupies the highest level of an outline hierarchy
  • πŸƒ Children (Sub-Tasks)
    • Sub-tasks are the children of a parent tasks
    • A sub-task is β€œnested” or indented under its parent task
    • Every sub-task is also a task, so each sub-task can have its own sub-tasks

 

⬅️ ➑️ Indent/Outdent

Taskade makes it possible to highlight the relationship between tasks and subtasks by indenting/nesting lower-level elements in a hierarchy. For instance, you can divide intimidating tasks like "build a startup" into a series of incremental steps.

To indent/outdent a task in Taskade:

  1. To indent, select a task and tap Indent Right arrow β†ͺ on the toolbar
    • You can create an unlimited number of sub-tasks in a hierarchy
  2. To outdent, tap Indent Left arrow β†©

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⬆️ ⬇️ Fold / Unfold

Outlining gives you the power to hide or show outline levels as needed. All you need to do is click the arrow next to your task to fold or unfold the task and all its sub-tasks.

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