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How to send a starred Slack message to Todoist

We use Slack here at The Sweet Setup, and it’s really fantastic. It allows use to communicate in a central place without having to use group iMessages. I also love Todoist as a task management system, and with its robust web API, I wanted to figure out a way to turn a starred message in Slack into a task in Todoist. This is incredibly simple to do with Zapier.

Before I get started, I know there are probably countless ways to configure this integration (with automatic due dates, etc). What follows is how I configured it to work for my needs. My overall goal was to star a message and have it appear in my inbox in Todoist to process later.

  1. Once you sign up for Zapier or log in, you’ll need to add Todoist and Slack as integrations in the system.
  2. Once they are both added, click Make a Zap.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
  3. Choose Slack as the first app.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
  4. Choose New Starred Message.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
  5. Choose the Slack group you want to add, and if you have multiple teams, make a new zap per Slack group.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
  6. Zapier will run a test to make sure the connection is working, so star a recent Slack message in the group you connected.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
  7. Next, you need to integrate the Todoist section. Log in to your Todoist account, and choose Create Task.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
  8. Follow the onscreen directions to connect your Todoist account.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
    Slack starred item to Todoist
    Slack starred item to Todoist
    On this step, in the title, you can add items for Zapier to pull from Slack into the Todoist task. I choose the message text and the Slack permalink. You can get really technical and pre-schedule due dates and other items, but this was more than I needed. I simply wanted something that would trigger me to remember and process the item.
    Slack starred item to Todoist
  9. You can now name the Zap and turn it on. On the free Zapier plan, it will process every 15 minutes. If you need it to process more often, check out the paid plans.
    Slack starred item to Todoist

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