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Recurring Tasks Syntax?

I have a recurring task that starts on February 27th, and repeats every three weeks after that at 9:30am. I've entered the task as follows:

"every 3 weeks starting Feb 27 at 9:30"

Todoist created a task on February 27th to repeat every 3 weeks correctly, however it has put the alarm at 11:59pm. Can you tell me what the proper syntax would be to get Todoist to recognize the correct due time of 9:30am?

Thanks.

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 03:06

Hi Damion,

You need to make sure the time is before the date for it to work correctly. So the correct syntax would be "every 3 weeks at 9:30am starting feb 27".

Thanks,
Brendon.

Damion Berv premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 14:28

Brendon, that totally worked!! Thanks so much for your help!!

Marika premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 23:23

Hi Brendon,
I was having the same issue and have followed what you have said for the recurring tasks which appears to work, but I am also having a similar issue for Reminders where the start date is being knocked off. Eg

I enter: 'every month at 9:00am starting Mar 11'
Displaying in the reminders as: 'every month @ 9:00am'

Thanks,
Marika

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 00:03

Marika,

I am not sure I understand. You enter "every month at 9:00am starting Mar 11" and when you look at the task, it shows "every month @ 9:00am". So it does not show starting Mar 11? I am not able to reproduce this issue, I have entered it exactly as you wrote, and it works without issue.

Regards,
Brendon.

Marika premium
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 03:07

Hi Brendon,
Here's a screengrab of what I see after entering the above into the Reminder date/time field.
http://imgur.com/aETnGvS
As you can see there's no 'starting Mar 11' in the display.
Cheers,
marika

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 04:31

Marika,

You need to enter that into the date box (bedside task name), and not within the reminder menu area. Please tell me if it still does not work outside of the Reminder menu.

Regards,
Brendon.

Marika premium
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 05:34

But then how do I make a reminder that notifies me every month at 9:00am starting Mar 11?

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 12:52

Hello Marika,

Based on the due date you want to use, you don't have to use "every month starting...". Instead, please set it to "every 11 at 9am". Even if you need the task to start later, you can still use "every 11 at 9am starting Apr 11", though in case of March 11, it will automatically set it to start in March as it'll assume that the starting date is the next available 11th.

Alternatively, you can use a relative reminder. If the task itself has a due time, then you get access to relative reminders which can be set to "1 hour before deadline" or even "0 minutes before deadline" letting the reminder arrive at the deadline.


Best regards,
David

Marika premium
Replied on Feb 15, 2014 - 05:47

Hi David,
Thanks for the response, I've used the 'every 11 at 9am' for my monthly recurring reminders and it seems to be playing nice.

I am however having a bit of trouble with reminders on a fortnightly recurring task. I tried using the relative reminders ('72 hours before deadline') but I just get an Invalid date message. It seems to accept 'every 14 days @ 9:00am' but when does the 14 days begin? Is it based on the task date or the date I entered the reminder?

Sorry these maybe dumb questions but it's doing my head in!
Cheers,
Marika

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 15, 2014 - 17:05

Marika.

There is no option for 72 hours when using Remind Before Tasks Due Date, that would be 3 days, are you saying you can not select 3 days as an option?

It seems you want to have the reminder go off at the same time as the tasks due date, which would be 0 minutes before though, is that not correct?

Regards,
Brendon.