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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 - 10:32

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 - 13:15


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 - 20:18

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


Replied on Apr 19, 2014 - 11:00

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

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 20, 2014 - 21:34

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 - 07:07

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 - 11:10


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

Best regards,

Replied on May 05, 2014 - 22:41

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 - 15:52

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 - 18:26

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 - 22:33


Trevor Bidle premium
Replied on Jun 14, 2014 - 18:36

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 - 23:48

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 - 06:40

+1, would love to have it!

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

I also vote on this as a MUST!

Christopher Ogden
Replied on Jul 13, 2014 - 21:12


Joao Guimaraes
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 04:21

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

EL premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 04:33

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 - 18:46

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 - 19:39


Douglas Kurn premium
Replied on Jul 29, 2014 - 13:15

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.

Márcio Abreu premium
Replied on Aug 04, 2014 - 09:52

I need the start date too.

Replied on Aug 06, 2014 - 22:33


Denis premium
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 07:11

Star date feature was one of highest demanded features when votebox was active and still is. (still don`t understand what is the reason of disabling votebox)

I`m joining the request.


Martin Fink
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 09:19

Can't plus 1 this enough!
Is there any update regarding the status of start date implementation? Will it come? If yes, when?

Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 12:04

I don't really understand the resistance to implementing this. The idea of deferral/start dates is so key to GTD. I subscribed to premium to see if I could make reminders or a recurring events kludge work, but it's really not good workflow. Doubt I'll be staying on todoist without this. Too bad, really--in many ways it's very good.

Michele C premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2014 - 20:36

I'm so bummed that this isn't a feature. I'm also coming from another program that implemented this. I used it all the time.

I understand that there are the workarounds but I REALLY don't want to see the tasks at all until I can act on them.

+1 !!!!!!!

Wayne Tranchon premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2014 - 22:58

I agree with everyone. The lack of this feature is a show stopper for me. I was planning to have my entire team across North America use this App but not until this is remedied. Not just a start date, but a contingency start date. For example, this task will start once a different task is completed. No use starting a task that isn't ready yet.

Shannon Hush premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2014 - 23:11

Totally agree with Wayne. I paid for the app, but not committing to it in the future unless this change occurs in the same as Wayne explained it.

Fraser Robertson premium
Replied on Aug 14, 2014 - 15:28

Start date is a big one for me too. I use my ToDo list as a work plan for the day and if there is a task that will take multiple days to complete I want to see it in the today view each day up until it's due date at which point it needs to show up as overdue

Kriston Rucker premium
Replied on Aug 18, 2014 - 14:51

Ditto all the above!

Replied on Aug 20, 2014 - 22:24


Was about to pay, when i found out it doesn't support start dates…

HUGE disappointment

hj3604 premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2014 - 00:12

Definitely need this feature. it's crucial for project managers to be able to set a period(start / end date) of the tasks

Dave Smith premium
Replied on Aug 22, 2014 - 02:08

Can't go across town til you've gone across the street, this is critical. We have multiple tasks lasting multiple days, all on CPM critical path method...meaning can't do the next task until this one is done.

Don't sit around and whine, stop paying and drop back to free version til dev team implements this, or move on, other choices are out there.

Replied on Aug 22, 2014 - 08:03

Problem is other choices have their major issues too…

And what's very frustrating is that every softer house is sort of stubbornly attached to some, let me say, religious credo on something (super useful and that everyone is asking for) they won't even consider implementing

See Omnigroup and their stupid single context issue on Omnifocus…

I hope that's not the same case here, i'd really love to give Todoist a try

Christopher Bosse premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 01:04

I would also like to see start dates!

Ian Reid premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 07:28

Selected Todoist over Omnifocus as it is cross platform (Windows at work Mac at home problem) so would also like to see start (deferral) dates. As well as start consider "Chase" dates the same as in Meeting Gold iPad app. This is a great feature for follow with people before the real due date.

Jörg S. premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 12:53


Martin Fink
Replied on Sep 01, 2014 - 07:27

I stop using Todoist. Reason: no start dates and no reaction or commitment from the dev team to work on it. Sad but ok.

Shannon Hush premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2014 - 09:50

I also stopped using it. this being one of the reasons and it didn't even work right for me on my Imac and the developers gave up on me so I scraped it. Waste of my money.

Michael E. Rubin premium
Replied on Sep 04, 2014 - 13:54

Martin, Shannon -- out of curiosity, what did you start using instead?

Phú Võ-Hoàng
Replied on Sep 14, 2014 - 11:56

That is a must-have feature (for GTD work-flow). :-(

Olly premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 11:41

I recently signed up for Todoist premium after trying it for a week. I was really excited about it after coming from Things that is rather dated currently. Unfortunately I just encountered the lack of start dates and I'm really unhappy. The inability to defer a task till a certain start date is infuriating, and clutters the interface. It also makes me want to ask for a refund.

Why not just introduce a 'Deferred' view beneath the active tasks in each project that can be optionally hidden? Deferred tasks are then hidden until the start date when they return to their project.

Currently Todoist is crippled for GTD users...

Olly premium
Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 12:04

Having thought about this a little more, I think it would be great if Tasks or Projects had a 'Defer' button. (I think the term 'start date' is a little confusing - we simply want to be able to defer focusing on the task until a point in the future.)

In addition to being able to defer until a specific date, we could alternatively defer until another Project or Task has been marked as completed. This would simply hide the projects/tasks until preceding tasks have been done.