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Task Start Date


Hey Folks,
Could you kind folks please add a start date to a task please? Sometimes, a task needs to finished by a certain date but can only start once something else has finished.

Many thanks!

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DS premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 04:32

That would be great. I don't want to look at tasks before I can actually do them.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 07:15


Technically, we already support start days, but as much as they will affect your today, 7 days or any date-based view, the task will not disappear within a project otherwise you wouldn't even be able to modify it should the due date be changed.

To set a start date, please use "starting" in the date formula, for example:
- Every day starting in 10 days
- Every Fri starting 14/3
- ev 2nd Mon at 2pm starting 10 Mar

Best regards,

Greg Boland premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 14:18

Hey David,
Thanks for your reply. Combersone but it will do just fine!


Replied on Apr 19, 2014 - 06:00

I'm confused. Why is David talking about recurring tasks?

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 20, 2014 - 16:34

Hello Sarah,

I've mentioned recurring tasks because these are the ones that already support start days. If you want a task to start then it's a task that takes more than one action (otherwise it's a one-time task).

That said, you can set a task to "every day starting 30 May" or "every Monday starting in 7 days". You can't set a task to "tomorrow starting today".

Best regards,

Replied on Apr 21, 2014 - 02:07

Hello David,

Thanks for your reply. I understand. What you meant to say is that in general you don't support start date with the exception of recurring tasks.

There are a lot of comments for the "start date suggestion" from some years ago. Are you working on this? Will there be a start date functionality soon?


David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 21, 2014 - 06:10


We're currently not working on this, but we may consider it in the future.

Best regards,

Replied on May 05, 2014 - 17:41

Definitely, the starting date is the only feature missing in Todoist. I work with many tasks that I cannot start until a certain day. It's something paramount in a task manager!

Anirban Kundu premium
Replied on May 27, 2014 - 10:52

Please implement the start date feature . Was a Thinkng Rock user and future tasks became active on a given day.... say "Wish Mr. X Happy birthday on so and so date " and only on the specified date would the task be seen in due today.
.Also, start an action when some other action is complete as well, especially sub tasks that work in sequence.


EL premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2014 - 13:26

This is absolutely ridiculous. How difficult can it be to simply add support for start dates? Despite all the requests and lengthy posts from your paying customers explaining the need for start dates for YEARS, you are still not doing ANYTHING about it.


Replied on Jun 12, 2014 - 17:33


Trevor Bidle premium
Replied on Jun 14, 2014 - 13:36

Please consider this as a feature. It is the difference of me being able to use this and having to go back to omnifocus.

Michael E. Rubin premium
Replied on Jun 16, 2014 - 18:48

I agree that Start Date would be an excellent addition to Todoist. I would even pay a little extra for the feature. It's absolutely central to the Manage Your Now methodology put forward by Michael Linenberger (author of Master Your Workday Now with Outlook).

Until then, here's another solution:

Martin Fink
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 01:40

+1, would love to have it!

Shannon Hush premium
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 04:09

I also vote on this as a MUST!

Christopher Ogden
Replied on Jul 13, 2014 - 16:12


Joao Guimaraes
Replied on Jul 13, 2014 - 23:21

The lack of this feature is stopping me from going premium.

EL premium
Replied on Jul 13, 2014 - 23:33

This feature has been requested for years. I wish I could point you to the request in votebox but unfortunately the votebox has been deleted. I don't even think the developers are even at the stage of considering implementation. Don't hold your breath.

Ian Bicking
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 13:46

The goal for this, IMHO, would be that you not have to see a todo item until the start date. Then I could add a task like "renew foo.com domain" and set the date for sometime not too long before the domain expires, and I wouldn't have to have that todo item sitting around bugging me until the start date.

Trish Putnam premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 14:39


Douglas Kurn premium
Replied on Jul 29, 2014 - 08:15

I've had to go back to Omnifocus for this, but hate their new UI and so am still on OF1. Would come back if this was implemented.