Start date and calendar view
I was wondering if there were any plans to add a start date to tasks and maybe even a calendar view?
These two features would help my work flow tremendously .
Asked by Toby Marlow on Dec 13, 2011 - 07:18
in order to add a start date to a task, simply type "starting 5. jan" at the end of the due date, for example:
every day starting 26. dec
If a task is supposed to start in the past, you'll need to add the year at the end, for example:
ev monday starting 5. dec 2011
For a full list of supported date formats, please visit this link:
As for the calendar view, although Todoist doesn't currently offer such option (you can vote for this feature request in our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/23/ ), Premium Members can use the iCal feed to sync their Todoist tasks with any calendar software which support this standard (like Google Calendar, for example). Here's a preview of how it works:
I don't think this answers the question. The issue is that it would be nice to say that a certain task will begin, for example, tomorrow and be in 4 days. This is a bit more like Gantt chart thinking. E.g., Friday I will need to draft a budget and that budget will be due the following Tuesday. I would set up a task that starts Friday and is due Tuesday called "Draft budget." Right now, because the start dates don't mean anything in Todoist, I won't have a way of seeing on Friday what I am supposed to be working on. Instead I would need to create two tasks, e.g. "Begin budget" on Friday and "Circulate budget" on Tuesday. This is not ideal.
Todoist is very powerful. But if it had this added feature, I could print a workplan for my week showing what I will work on each day, rather than merely showing what is due each day.
Any hope of seeing this feature added? Or any other Gantt-like features?
thank you for your feedback, we will certainly consider adding such option in the future.
For now, as a workaround, you could use either labels or reminders or sub-tasks.
According to your example, if you'd need to draft a budget starting Friday and it should be due Tuesday:
1. Using LABELS - you could set "Tuesday" (or the full date) as a due date to mark the deadline of this task and attach a label @Mar13 to remember that you should start on Tuesday, March 13th. You could then simply type @Mar13 within the search box to display all tasks with this label and treat such labels as tasks "starting dates". Clicking on the "@" link below the search box will show you a full list of all your labels.
2. Using REMINDERS - you could set a reminder to this task which would notify you on Tueday that you should start working on this task. You can set up email or SMS reminder. Either type <remind tue at 6pm> within the task name, for example, or use the "Reminders" option from the gear icon menu to manage reminders for a task. Note - you could even set up multiple reminders for one task via email and SMS simultaneously.
3. Using SUB-TASKS, you could set up a parent task called "Budget" which would be due Tuesday as that's the deadline and add 1 sub-tasks below it called "Work on a draft" which could be due Friday. Checking off the subtask would NOT remove this task from your list until you complete the parent task.