Stop Tasks

Adding a “✋ Stop” to a task in a template will turn it into a “Stop Task” in a checklist.

Stop Tasks stop a checklist at a given point. No tasks past that point (or the checklist itself) can be completed until the stop task is completed. This simple action turns basic checklists into powerful workflows.

You can use single stop tasks in your templates, add a series of stops to sections of your process, or add Stop Tasks to every task, which effectively enforces the order that the checklist is completed in.

Stop task examples

Here are a few things you can do with stop tasks:

  • Create checklists with “enforced order”
  • Create hand-offs between different team members
  • Disabled tasks until relevant
  • Break up checklists into stages
  • Assign parallel tasks to different team members
  • Delay email notifications until tasks are ready to complete

Plan: Stop tasks are a feature on our Standard plan. 

Users: In order to add or change Stop Tasks, you must be an Administrator or a Member who has been given ‘can edit’ access by your Administrator.

How to create stop tasks

First, select the template you wish to edit from your Template Dashboard, and click the three dots next to the template name to open the template menu.

Click “Edit Template” then select the task/s you would like to add a Stop to.

In the example below, we have multi-selected all the tasks and added a Stop Task to every one, which enforces the order that this checklist is completed in.

Pro Tip: To select many tasks in one go, select the first task and hold down the “Shift” key (Windows & MacOS). Now select your last task to add a stop to, and all the tasks in between will become highlighted. You can then click the “Add Stop” button to add a stop to every task and save your template to finish.

In the example below we’ve selected multiple separate tasks at once.

Pro tip: You can use the “CTRL” key (Windows) or “Command” key (MacOS) to individually select multiple tasks at a time. Hold down the “Ctrl” or “Cmd” key and use your mouse to click all the tasks you want to add a stop to.

You can then click the “Add Stop” button and save your template to finish.

Running checklists with stop tasks

Stop tasks are indicated with a hand ✋ icon just underneath the task number in your checklists.

Once you run a checklist with a stop task, the tasks after the stop task will be disabled and hidden by default. Click the three dots next to “Show more” to see the disabled tasks (as shown below). Disabled tasks cannot be completed until the previous stop task is complete.

Once the preceding stop task is complete, the next task is enabled and can be completed.

Inbox, notifications and stop tasks

Disabled tasks (those following a Stop Task) do not trigger email notifications to anyone assigned to them, and do not appear in that user’s Inbox until they’re enabled (when the preceding task has been completed).

As soon as a stop task is completed, anyone assigned to the next task(s), will receive their email notification and those tasks will appear in their inbox.

This is a great way to pause email notifications for other users, on tasks that may not be ready to complete. It also means that they only have tasks showing in their inbox that are ready to work on.

Required fields and stop tasks

If your checklist contains tasks with required fields before the stop task, the stop task will not be able to be completed until all required fields have been completed.

This is a great way to ensure that certain information is submitted before a checklist can continue.

If you try to complete the task with the Stop Task on it, before all the required fields in the preceding task have been completed, you will see warning messages. The task with the incomplete required fields is highlighted in red, as is the form field you need to complete (as shown above).

For more ideas on how to use Stop Tasks, check out our blog post on 6 Ways to Use Stop Tasks to Improve Your Team’s Workflow.


 

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