Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news

Changing the due date on a Todoist reoccurring task without breaking the reoccurrence

 

Please note that in Todoist there are two recurring dates: every and every!. They are similar and the difference is how the next date is computed. For example:

  • Clean fridge with due date every 3 months starting 10 April
  • Clean fridge with due date every! 3 months starting 10 April

Completing every 3 months starting 10 April will result in a due date 3 months from 10. April.

Completing every! 3 months starting 10 April will result in a due date 3 months from the completion date.

https://support.todoist.com/hc/en-us/articles/205325931-Dates-and-Times

Changing the due date on a todoist reoccurring task without breaking the reoccurrence:

clip_image001

Note little spinner for reoccurring

clip_image002

If a reoccurring task is due, and you want to change the due date on this instance without breaking the reoccurrence, Click on the three dots “…” And schedule

clip_image003

And then choose a shortcut date or use the date picker, for example, Postpone to tomorrow

clip_image004

Moves the due date it but doesn’t break reoccurrence

clip_image005

Or you can pick a date:

clip_image006

Reoccurrence still stays:

clip_image007

However if you edit the date by clicking in the date text field:

clip_image008

Now you are changing the “master date”/breaking the reoccurrence

clip_image009

For example using date picker:

clip_image010

Click save:

clip_image011

Note reoccurrence gone

clip_image012

 

So if you don’t want to break the reoccurrence, only use the … date picker, not the text field.

About the author

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

9 comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • OK, but what about the following scenario…

    –> Every July 1st, Clean moss off the roof.

    On July 1, 2001, this task comes up in my “today” list. I can’t do it, because of other tasks happening that day, so I want to bump it to the next day.

    If I hit the “postpone” link as described above, it will postpone it to the next year, not the next day (and my roof will go uncleaned all year).

    If I use the calendar to select tomorrow’s date, then it seems to retain the recurrence, except that now it will show up next on July 2, 2002 (not July 1 as I want).

    Is there a way to handle this situation better? Would it be better to let it go “past due” and just get to it as soon as I can? I just don’t like having anything on my list at the end of the day…

    • I think this is like the case I show above? don’t change the date,click the 3 dots, then under schedule the 3 dots again, then pick a date. This sets a date for that instnace but doesnt affect the “master”

      • This is bad usability. It is not obvious there is a distinction between clicking in the date field (what users do most of the time to postpone tasks) and clicking on the …

        Removing recurrance should be explicit.

    • I’m having the exact same issue. I can’t believe Todoist has such a horrible bug… unacceptable. The whole point of the program is to dump everything in my life into it, especially things that recur over long time periods and be able to forget about them and not stress. Now that I realize it’s just swallowing up and deleting my recurring tasks, I have massive stress because I don’t know what it screwed up ! Ugh…

  • I am new to Todoist and am frustrated with the way repeating tasks are handled. I am switching over from using the reminder feature in “Awsome Calendar.” My old reminder system was much more basic, but when I made any change at all to a recurring task it would ask me whether I want to change just this occurrence or future occurrences as well. If only Todoist would do that!

  • Thank you for the help! I am new to Todoist and am frustrated with the way repeating tasks are handled. I am switching over from using the reminder feature in “Awsome Calendar.” My old reminder system was much more basic, but when I made any change at all to a recurring task it would ask me whether I want to change just this occurrence or future occurrences as well. If only Todoist would do that!

  • Love Todoist but this is a super irritating thing that always happens. I remove recurring dates when all I want to do is postpone them. IMO you should keep recurrence when someone changes the “master date” and removing recurrencce should be an explicit user action.

Tom Talks Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business thoughts and news