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Is there a way to select a start date for a task? I don't see that option. I only see Due Date.


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David Trey staff
Replied on Dec 31, 2012 - 21:29

Hello Eugene,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to set multiple dates (start and end date) for a task in Todoist, but we may consider adding such option in the future. You're welcome to vote for this request in our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/415/

Best regards,

Tellef Kvifte
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 06:06

Any news on this?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 07:45

Hi Tellef,

There's no update yet regarding start dates.



Tellef Kvifte
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 07:46

...and probably no 'modified date' field in tasks?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 08:35

Hi Tellef,

What exactly do you mean by a "modified date" field? Regardless, we've added a lot of features already but the date field's functionality should be pretty similar on how it worked before.



Tellef Kvifte
Replied on May 07, 2014 - 08:45

A field that is automatically updated each time I modify a task, so I can sort task to find tasks that are almost forgotten.
But an extra 'start date' is more important to me. As it is, only one date field is a show-stopper for me, and I stick to Toodledo until Todoist add one more date field.

Matthias Glastra premium
Replied on Jun 30, 2014 - 19:06

I'm looking into switching from Appigo Todo to this. But this is one thing I miss. This allows me currently to see a periode in which I would need to do this task. I shows up on my current list but has low priority. Getting this in would be great.

Radek Lát premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 12:59

Hello. Is there any update on the start date availability? Do you plan to implement it at all and if so, in what time horizon?

I'm pretty sure this isn't only my issue - I'd like to have a way to show only the currently active tasks (the ones that I can work on right now/today/this week) rather than all the tasks ending this week/month etc. This could be accomplished using a start-end date + some filtering.

Thank you.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 13:04

Hello Radek,

The basic start date functionality is already implemented. You can add a due date "every Friday starting 25 Jul" and it will work. However, right now we're not working on adding an option that would cause a task with a start day to hide (and risk letting you believe you don't have any tasks scheduled for this day until they show up on this day ;-) ). We may consider it in the future, though.

Best regards,

Radek Lát premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 13:43

No hiding necessary. I'd just like to have an option to filter tasks that are not available right now. The default "Today" or "Next 7 days" views are just fine, I wouldn't change them. I am aware of the possibility to set start dates to recurring tasks. However, it is not really the same thing. For example, I can do:

"every Friday starting 25 Jul" - meaning from 25th of July the task will be due every friday (starting when I finish the previous task)

but I cannot do

"every Friday from Thursday starting 25 Jul" - meaning this task, starting from 25th of July, would be "active" every week from Thursday to Friday

and especially I cannot do the most important thing:

"25 Jul from 20 Jul" - the task is due on the 25th of July, but starts on the 20th of July (note that "25 Jul starting 20 Jul" doesn't work and would make sense either).

Radek Lát premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 13:45

Just an additional note - I don't really need the second example. I wrote it just to demonstrate the difference between "starting" and "from". The third example is the thing I'd like to use.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 09, 2014 - 13:52


The second example is possible, simply set it to "every Thu, Fri starting 25 Jul". The third example can be done in 2 ways:

1. Set the task to "every day starting 20 Jul" and on the 25th simply hold the SHIFT key while checking it off which will remove it from the list.

2. Alternatively, set the task just to "25 Jul" and add a reminder "every day at 2pm starting 20 Jul" which will remind you about it each day until you check off the task to complete it.

Of course we'll consider improving this in the future, but for now these could be some alternatives :-)

Best regards,

TulsaMJ premium
Replied on Jul 11, 2014 - 14:31

In a business environment, "due date" is the day the customer is expecting the task to be completed. The way the system is set up, with a "due date" two weeks out, you never see the task (even if you are supposed to be working on it) until it is at least a week out. If you use the "due date" as a start date, then it looks like you've got an overdue task for two weeks, and you don't actually know when the item is expected to be completed. I think that's the point of pain here; at least I know it is for me. I'd like to be able to see tasks that should be on my radar but are not actually "due" to be completed until some time in the future.

Balazs Keszei
Replied on Aug 01, 2014 - 13:09

I'd like to see a start date as well. Knowing when I should focus on that task. Only the active tasks should be visible.

Micheco premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2014 - 12:21

Me too. Please implement a start date!

Totally agree to TulsaMJ

Manuel C premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2014 - 17:14


Matt Zook
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 18:34

I agree that a start date would be good. Probably a show stopper for me too.

Eric Sinclair premium
Replied on Aug 09, 2014 - 20:59

Apparently the votebox option has expired (alas!), so consider this comment a vote in favor. My sense is very much the same as TulsaMJ's - that a startdate is not the same as a due date, but the time you expect to begin the effort in order to MEET the due date....

Todd Reed premium
Replied on Aug 17, 2014 - 21:42

I too would like to see start dates added. I'm currently evaluating Todoist, and the lack of a start date is a major deficiency for me.

Alan Mcilreavy premium
Replied on Sep 02, 2014 - 13:53

Agreed. I'm evaluating Todoist with the hope of rolling it out across the company I work for. No start date could force me to look elsewhere.