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EW

Hi,

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

Thanks!

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

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,
David

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

Any news on this?

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

Hi Tellef,

There's no update yet regarding start dates.

Regards,

Clyde

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

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

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

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.

Regards,

Clyde

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

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.

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

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 UTC

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 UTC

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,
David

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

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 UTC

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 UTC

Radek,

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,
David

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

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.

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

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.

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

Me too. Please implement a start date!

Totally agree to TulsaMJ

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

1+

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

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 UTC

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....

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

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.

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

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.

E
elmer.thomas premium
Replied on Sep 17, 2014 - 19:50 UTC

+1

SL
Stephen Locker premium
Replied on Sep 23, 2014 - 04:46 UTC

+1 - TulsaMJ articulated the need perfectly.

gregory.krasutski premium
Replied on Sep 24, 2014 - 11:43 UTC

+1 for start date and time

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Tim premium
Replied on Sep 24, 2014 - 16:30 UTC

Pretty Please add start date!!
It is truly necessary for time management.

TP
Trish Putnam premium
Replied on Sep 25, 2014 - 19:32 UTC

About the only three (not really acceptable) workarounds I've been able to use right now are:

1. Set daily reminders for the task starting at the day when you would normally use the start date
a. This is tedious to do.
b. It still doesn't show the task on the agenda, just reminds you that it's there.

2. Set the task up as a recurring task starting on the day that you intend to start it. This is really problematic because
a. You're marking the task as done every day (this can cause a bit of mental confusion, as I have to remind myself that it isn't done, I just worked on it today. Totally breaks the intent of my workflow, which is to keep things IN my task list and NOT in my head!
b. There's no way to set an end date on recurring task - it will just keep recurring until you move the recurring task to history. Again, I have to keep the end date in my head or include it in the title of the task, AND I have to take an additional action that should be unnecessary.

3) The method I usually end up using: Set up a main task with a subtask for each day until the due date. Then at least it's in my agenda every day and I don't have to think about end dates, as the end date is on the main task.
a. This is a bogus workaround that forces the user into doing more work to manage their task list (which equates to less time actually DOING the work!), and shouldn't be necessary - it would be handled by having a proper start date/end date behavior!
b. Assuming that the task can't really be logically broken into real sub-tasks, but is just a sub-task that says "Work on Task X today", it can be subject to the mental issue I mentioned in 2a. above.

ON
Oliver Naumann
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 08:40 UTC

+1 on Start Dates! Stop resisting a reasonable request by so many users. Nobody will be forced to use it, but many can benefit from it.

Dominik Kacprzak premium
Replied on Nov 04, 2014 - 21:52 UTC

I would like to see start date as well. I have tasks with deadline that might last multiple days. And no, I don't want to use 'postpone to tomorrow', I would rather see when it started, when it is supposed to end and days in progress and/or left.

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Micheco premium
Replied on Nov 14, 2014 - 07:53 UTC

How about at least the possibility to set a task as 'active'?! I am doing that right now with a label but that's a workaround that doesn't make me happy as these 'active' tasks don't show up in TODAY. It would be OK I guess if it was possible to add your own filter to the default ones (inbox, today, next 7 days) or change the defaults.

Marc Wilson premium
Replied on Nov 24, 2014 - 03:13 UTC

Add another vote for supporting start dates. My projects often have dependencies, which Todoist sort of does, and explicit start dates for sub-tasks (usually because parts of it are dependent on outside controls), which Todoist doesn't do at all.

MK
markus ka premium
Replied on Nov 25, 2014 - 19:52 UTC

please please +1

KS
Kyle S
Replied on Dec 11, 2014 - 22:18 UTC

+1 here for me as well.

Not all tasks are available at any given time. For example, I have a credit card bill I pay each month. Lets say it's on the 15th of the month. If I set the due date for the 15th then I know it is due immediately that day, it must be done. However, I can't pay the bill until the month ends, which is the 10th, and they give me the balance. It makes no sense for me to see the bill until the statement is in my hands, which shows up on the 12th. So, from the 12th to the 15th I can "complete" this task, but not before the 12th and not after the 15th.

I'd like to set a start date of the 12th and a due date of the 15th. Before the 12th (it's repeating) I would like the task to be "unavailable" or "inactive" but still visible in the project it belongs to. Perhaps it is greyed out like OmniFocus does. It's a "state" and a minor visual change to indicate it as unavailable. Once the 12th hits the state becomes Available and the color changes to what you'd see. On the 15th it is in the today view where I know I must act on it if I have not yet gotten to it.

The credit card example above is a real example I use in OmniFocus. I use it for work projects as well. I can't complete a task until I talk to a colleague, that task gets a start date for the day of the meeting with that colleague. After that date it's available. It may not have a due date until after we've had a discussion, but the task shouldn't be "available" until the date.

I can go on for days about this, but you can't really do GTD without start dates in my opinion. They are what help you sort and filter based on what is available and what isn't available. If you show all tasks you're cluttering and making it hard to find the tasks that really matter.

If you're working from your Today view everyday you're doing it wrong. Today should be things that are immediately due today that have not yet been completed in prior days. If you're working from the today view I think you're procrastinating and that's bad. Your mileage may vary of course, but the goal for me is that today is sacred and if it is in there it's an imminent due today and there are no ifs ands or buts about it. The catch is that you may get a task today and it's due today, those are fine and that's just the way life works. But if you know about a task and it's due next friday, you should really try to get it done before then. If you can't act on that task until next Monday then that task needs to get out of the way until Monday so I can focus on those that I can act on.

This is why people are complaining about the lack of Start Dates I think, it's a crucial feature for any serious task management application.