How To Add Subtasks To A Notion Timeline: Quick Tutorial (2024)

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January 1, 2024

Adding subtasks to a Notion timeline can help you break down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces. It's a great way to stay organized and make sure you're on track to complete your tasks on time.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to add subtasks to a Notion timeline and explore some of the ways you can use this feature to stay organized.

How To Add Subtasks To A Notion Timeline

  1. Navigate to or create your timeline view of your tasks.
  2. Click the database view name, then select 'Edit View'.
  3. Select 'Sub-items', then name your sub and parent items.
  4. Click back to your timeline, and give each sub-task a date (otherwise it won't show on the timeline!).
  5. You can now drag and move/order your sub-items in Notion's timeline view.

Step 1: Navigate to or create your Timeline view of your Tasks

To add subtasks to a Notion timeline, you'll need to navigate to or create your timeline view of your tasks. If you already have a Tasks database with another view (like a Table), you can hit the '+' at the top of your database view to create a new view, then select 'Timeline' from the layout options.

Step 2: Click the database view name, then select 'Edit View'

Once you're in the timeline view, click on the name of the database view at the top of the database window. This will open a menu with various options for editing the view. From this menu, select 'Edit View'.

Step 3: Select 'Sub-items', then name your sub and parent items

In the 'Edit View' menu, select the 'Sub-items' tab.

Once you've selected the 'Sub-items' feature, you can name your sub-items and parent items. For example, you might name your sub-items 'sub-task' and your parent items 'Main task'.

Step 4: Click back to your timeline, and give each sub-task a date (otherwise it won't show on the timeline!)

Once you've named your sub-items and parent items, click back to your timeline view. It's important to note that in order for your subtasks to show up on the timeline, you'll need to give each sub-task a date. You can do this by clicking on the sub-task and adding a date in any Date property (for example, 'Due Date').

Step 5: And there you go! You can now drag and move/order your sub-items in Notion's timeline view

Once you've given each sub-task a date, you'll see them appear on the timeline view. You can then drag and move the subtasks to rearrange them, or click and hold to drag them to a different parent item.

Examples

Here are some examples of how you might use subtasks in a Notion timeline:

  1. Break down a large project into smaller tasks: If you have a large project that you need to complete, you can use subtasks to break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. This can help you stay organized and make sure you're on track to complete the project on time.
  2. Track progress: By adding subtasks to your timeline, you can get a visual representation of your progress on a project. This can help you see how far you've come and how much further you have to go, which can be motivating and help you stay on track.
  3. Plan out your day or week: You can also use subtasks in your timeline to plan out your day or week. For example, you might create a parent item for each day of the week, then add your tasks as subtasks under each day. This can help you see what needs to be done and when, and make it easier to stay organized.
  4. Set deadlines: By giving your subtasks a due date, you can set deadlines for yourself and make sure you're on track to complete your tasks on time. You can even use the timeline view to see which tasks are coming up next and make sure you're prioritizing the right things.
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