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How to Create a To-Do List in WordPress (Step-by-Step)

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Do you want to create a to-do list on your WordPress site?

If you’re struggling to stay organized and on top of your tasks, you’re not alone. Many WordPress users find it challenging to manage their workload effectively. At WPBeginner, we’ve helped countless people streamline their workflows.

In this article, we will show you how to easily create a to-do list in WordPress.

Creating a to do list in WordPress

Why Create a To-Do List in WordPress?

If you own a WordPress website, then chances are you have a long to-do list. You might need to manage an editorial calendar, schedule website design tasks, plan website conversions, and more.

When you are managing lots of tasks, it’s a good idea to use a to-do list app. This will give you access to more advanced features, so no task gets overlooked.

But it’s not just about your own tasks. If you’re managing a team, keeping everyone on the same page can be even more challenging.

A shared to-do list helps assign tasks, track progress, and ensure everyone knows what needs to be done. It makes collaboration smoother and more efficient, so you spend less time micromanaging and more time focusing on what matters.

With that being said, let’s see how you can be more productive and organized by creating a to-do list in WordPress. Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use:

Method 1: Using Kanban Boards (Add a To-List to the WordPress Admin Area)

If you want to manage your entire to-do list directly from the WordPress admin area, then we recommend Kanban Boards for WordPress. This plugin lets you create a Trello-style to-do list without using an external app such as Asana.

Step 1: Create a Kanban Board

First, you need to install and activate the Kanban Boards for WordPress plugin. For more details, see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, select Kanban from the left-hand menu.

How to add a Kanban board to your WordPress website

You’ll now see all the different boards you can create, including specialist boards that allow you to track job applications in WordPress, your editorial calendar, and more.

To create a simple to-do list, select ‘Basic’ and then click on ‘Set it up.’

How to create a to-do list in WordPress using the Kanban for WordPress plugin

Step 2: Configure the WordPress Plugin’s Settings

Now you’ve created a board, it’s a good idea to look at the plugin’s settings by going to Kanban » Settings.

If it isn’t already selected, click on the ‘General’ tab.

The Kanban for WordPress settings page

Here, you can enable and disable time tracking, change the work hour interval, and more.

You can make any changes you want, but for ‘Show all columns’, make sure you select ‘Yes.’ This allows you to see the entire to-do board on one screen.

Once you’ve done that, select the ‘Statuses’ tab to configure the columns on your board.

Adding a to-do list to your WordPress website

By default, Kanban for WordPress has three color-coded columns: To Do, Doing, and Done.

As you can see in the following image, you’ll add tasks to these columns.

Creating a to-do list in WordPress

You can then drag these tasks between the different columns as you complete them.

You may want to change these default statuses. For example, if you accept guest posts, then you might create statuses such as ‘Review pitch,’ ‘Assign task,’ and ‘Proofread.’

To add more statuses to the board, simply click on ‘Add another status.’ You can then give the new status a title, add a color label, and more.

Adding tasks to a WordPress to-do list

When you are happy with how the statuses are set up, click on ‘Save your Settings.’

Step 3: Create a To-Do List in WordPress

With that done, it’s time to create your to-do list by clicking on the ‘Go to your board’ button.

Building a Kanban to-do list in your WordPress blog

To start, let’s see how you can add a task to the to-do list.

Simply hover your mouse over the ‘To do’ or similar column, and then click on the ‘+’ button.

Adding a task to a WordPress to-do list

This adds a blank task to the column.

To start, you’ll typically want to add a project and a title. Simply click on each field and then type in the information you want to add.

Adding a title to a to-do task in WordPress

You can also specify how long the task should take, which can help you manage a multi-author WordPress blog.

To set the estimate in days, hover over the ‘Estimate’ section and then choose a value from the dropdown menu.

Adding time estimated to a WordPress to-do list

You can also specify how many hours are included in this estimate by hovering over the ‘Hours’ section and then using the plus and minus icons that appear.

In this way, you can carefully plan and manage your own schedule.

Adding time estimated to a to-do list in WordPress

Once you start working on a task, you can move it to the ‘Doing’ or similar column using drag and drop.

Finally, when the task is complete, drag it to the ‘Done’ column.

How to move statuses

To go back to the WordPress dashboard, just click on the ‘Settings’ button in the bottom-right corner.

Then, click on ‘Admin.’

Admin dashboard

Method 2: Using Asana (Doesn’t Require Access to Your WordPress Admin Area)

Plugins like Kanban for WordPress are a great way to manage to-do lists inside the WordPress admin area. However, if you don’t want to give team members access to the WordPress admin area, then you’ll need to use a different method.

At WPBeginner and Awesome Motive, we use Asana to manage all our tasks. It is the best project management and communication tool for small businesses.

Asana is free for small teams and individuals. Plus, it works on mobile devices and has apps for both iOS and Android phones, so you can manage your to-do list on the go.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to set up and use Asana to create a to-do list for your WordPress website.

Step 1: Get Asana

How to sign up for a free Asana account

First, go to the Asana website and click on the ‘Get Started’ button.

You can then type in your email address and follow the onscreen instructions to create a free Asana account.

Signing up for a free Asana project management account

Step 2: Start a New Asana Project

Once you’re done, log into your new account, and Asana will take you to the dashboard automatically.

You can now click on ‘New Project.’

Asana dashboard

Asana has a few different project templates that you can use.

However, since we want to create a simple to-do list, select ‘Blank Project.’

New project

Now, go ahead and give the project a name.

You can also choose the default view. Since you are creating a to-do list, it makes sense to select ‘List.’

Adding tasks to a to-do list

Once you’ve done that, click on ‘Create project.’

You’re now ready to add tasks to the to-do list by selecting ‘Click here to add a task.’ Then, simply follow the onscreen instructions to create your first task.

To create more tasks, simply click the ‘+ Add Task’ button at the top of the dashboard.

Your tasks

When you finish a task and want to mark it as complete, just click on the round circle with a checkmark next to it.

This will change the item’s status, so it no longer appears as an outstanding task.

Mark task complete

Step 3: Add Team Members to Your Project

It’s easy to add other people to your Asana board, such as your teammates and co-workers. If you work for a third party, then you might also add an Asana board to your client portal so clients can track your progress.

To invite someone to join your team, just click on the ‘Share’ button at the top of the project.

Inviting and adding team members to your projecct

You can then type in the email addresses of every person you want to invite.

You can also control the actions these people can perform on the Asana board and the projects they can edit.

Managing team members in Asana

After these people join your project, you can assign them items from your to-do list.

We hope this article helped you learn how to create a to-do list in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to improve your WordPress editorial workflow and see our picks for the best business phone services for remote teams.

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