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Due time/Reminder of recurring task

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I'm still confused about the due time/reminder for recurring task.

I have a task with "after 3 days starting 2-13-2014 @ 8am" as due date. But it appears as due today at 11:59pm. What gives?

Also, when I set a reminder to go off 30 minutes before due date, is it going to go off at 11:29pm tonight? I wanted a reminder to pop up at 7:30am this morning.

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 23:58 UTC

Hi,

This is due to having the time after the date. So if you enter "after 3 days at 8am starting 2-13-2014" all should work alright, the due time and reminder.

Regards,
Brendon.

C
Cheyenne premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 02:33 UTC

I have a task I am trying to set for every weekday at 9 a.m. starting Feb. 18 and it will only set it as every weekday at 9 a.m. I can either make it every weekday starting Feb. 18 or I can make it every weekday at 9 a.m. but it won't do both. If I try to make it start on a certain date it does default to 11:59 p.m. The syntax you used above isn't working for me.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 02:36 UTC

Cheyenne,

You entered "every weekday at 9am starting feb 18" into the date box, and it's not showing correctly? I just entered this into it, and it works without issue. I'm not 100%, but the period after a.m might be causing an issue.

What browser are you using? Are you using it in English?

Regards,
Brendon.

C
Cheyenne premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 03:08 UTC

Brendon, thanks for your help.

Yes, I entered it exactly as you typed it. It shows up as "every weekday @ 9:00am" after I type in "every weekday at 9am starting feb 18". I did not use periods.

C
Cheyenne premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 03:10 UTC

To answer your second question, I am using Chrome in English.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 03:25 UTC

Cheyenne,

So when you hover over the date, it does not say Feb 18, then 3 days left? I am not able to reproduce your issue. I have re-created it a few different types without issue.

I enter "every weekday at 9am starting feb 18" and then the task shows the Clock Icon, the 2 arrows spinning Tuesday @ 9:00am. If I hover over that, it shows Feb 18, underneath that 3 days left, and then the entire syntax used.

I'd try logging out, clearing the cache for Chrome (and offline data) and logging back into it.

Regards,
Brendon.

C
Cheyenne premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 03:30 UTC

Hi Brendon,

No, the due date is Feb. 24. I am trying to set the reminder up to go off every weekday at 9 am starting Feb 18. Essentially the project is due Feb. 24 but I need a reminder to set aside some time every weekday starting about a week beforehand. The syntax seems to work for the due date but not the reminders. When I hover over the date, I see Feb. 24, 9 days left. I am sorry, I just realized I did not specify in my original question I was referring to the reminder, not the actual due date.

Again, thanks for your help!

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 03:35 UTC

Cheyenne,

I am not 100% sure that the reminders support a syntax like that. Though, I believe it may just not be showing the information. It shows "every weekday at 9am" because that is what the reminder will do. I believe it will still start on Feb 18.

I will look into this with the developers.

Regards,
Brendon.

C
Cheyenne premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 03:36 UTC

Thank you so much!

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 18:42 UTC

Cheyenne,

Yes, it's not suppose to work. If you need a recurring date such as that. Enter it within the date box, then choose a relative "0 minutes before" reminder.

Thanks,
Brendon.

C
Cheyenne premium
Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 07:32 UTC

I see how it works now. I really appreciate the speedy responses to my questions! :-)

W
premium
Replied on Mar 02, 2014 - 22:36 UTC

I'm not usually too picky about syntax, but Todoist's rule seems to be inconsistent.

For example, "after 3 days at 8am starting 2-13-2014" works but not "after 3 days starting 2-13-2014 @ 8am"
But, for non-recurring task, the reverse is true: "8am tom" doesn't work. It must be "tom at 8am".

If you put two and two together, you can easily see the obvious inconsistency. I'd say make Todoist become more flexible and accept all these different syntax.

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 03, 2014 - 13:05 UTC

Hello W,

It's consistent. It's always the task that needs a due time and not the starting date as Todoist doesn't support starting times.

That said, the following is supported:
- every day @ 2pm
- tomorrow @ 2pm
and therefore, if you want to use a start date, you add it at the end:
- every day @ 2pm starting tomorrow
- Every Fri at 6pm starting in 4 days

So again - it's the task (every day @...) that must have a time and not the starting date (starting at 2pm). It's consistent through every date format - task has a time, starting date doesn't.

The example "8am tom" is incorrect, because you're not referring to start dates here. If you'd use "ev day at 8am starting tomorrow" it will work.


Best regards,
David

W
premium
Replied on Mar 03, 2014 - 16:50 UTC

Oh... I think now I get it.. Thanks for the explanation.

Now I think your "help" section, not the syntax, is at fault. From the help, I couldn't deduce the logic. Having read your explanation, I can easily see it. Please make the help section as understandable as what you just described.