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A wonderful feature in other, otherwise less amazing task managers is a start date. This allows you to easily keep track of tasks that need to be done, but cannot be done before a certain date.

Tasks that haven't started yet could show up as grayed-out or otherwise low-priority until their date arrives.

I currently use a very backward workaround by using Boomerang for Gmail to email the tasks to the projects at a future date. That means I have a hard time of remembering that I ever created those tasks because they are nowhere to be found on todoist.

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David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 19, 2012 - 01:15

Hello Shiri,

thank you very much for your suggestion, we appreciate it and will consider adding such feature in the future.

For now, please note that you can simply add due dates in a distant future date which will not display such tasks in the today or 7 days view at all (until the due date).

Also, you can use labels for such tasks, even date-labels, for example a label @20/7 to mark that the task should be started on July 20th.

Alternatively, in order to clearly separate such tasks even within a project, you can create a header for them. To do so, add an asterisk * in front of a task name and it will create a "task" with no check box which can work as a header/separator. You can then store the future tasks below it or even add an asterisk for any future task and remove it once the task should become "active".

Best regards,

Shiri Dori-Hacohen
Replied on Jun 19, 2012 - 08:40

Hi David,

Thanks for the workaround suggestions. I often use labels (as contexts) for navigating my multitude of tasks and projects, so putting them in a certain order doesn't help me personally.

I like the concept of a label to mark the task with a start date as a potential solution. For now however I may continue to use Boomerang so that the tasks don't appear before they can be started. Thanks!

Dale King
Replied on Jan 03, 2013 - 16:05

Cannot use Todoist without this feature.

Laura Helde
Replied on Mar 29, 2013 - 11:29

Any update on this? Setting a start date is an essential part of my workflow as well. I need certain tasks to show up on my list on a certain date and be due on a different date. I don't want to have to manually move tasks around when the start date arrives, it should happen automatically. The interval between the two dates can vary wildly from task to task, so none of the suggested workarounds will accomplish what I need. Thanks!

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 29, 2013 - 13:30

Hello Laura,

We will consider adding such option in the future, but for now, you could use reminders with Todoist Premium. Aside from a due date, you could assign one or multiple reminders to a different date and time and when this "start date" occurs, you would receive an email, an SMS or a mobile reminder (push notification).

Alternatively, you can set "date labels", simply type @4/16 within the task's name and with Todoist Premium, you could see a complete overview of all labels and search for tasks with these labels.

Best regards,

Replied on Apr 02, 2013 - 08:04

Cannot use Todoist without this feature either (being able to sort tasks by either 'start date' or 'due date').

How many more features have a higher priority than this one (just to know whether those who need this feature can wait, or should use another Task Manager).

PS: The claim "better than Outlook" or "integrates seamlessly into Outlook" is a bit pretentious, when simple but essential features of Outlook are not implemented.

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 02, 2013 - 08:16


Unfortunately, we can't specify when exactly such feature would be implemented. You can currently add labels to any task with a start date, for example, type @16/4 within the task's name to specify when it should start. Also, with Todoist Premium, you could set reminders to a different date than the due date that would notify you when a task should be started or use recurring dates such as "every day starting 10 Apr", check the task off each time you complete a part of it every day and then move it to history when it's done.

We're advertising our Outlook plugin as "better than Outlook" as it's much simpler to use and requires less time to add a simple task than when using Outlook's native "Tasks" feature which doesn't have certain options Todoist has. We would appreciate if you could specify what features do you miss in Todoist (aside from the starting date) that Outlook offers.

Best regards,

Sebastian Feige
Replied on Jun 04, 2013 - 10:27

I've been evaluating Todoist today as I consider switching from Toodledoo because I want a cleaner, modern design.

However, without a start date, I will be bothered with tasks I just can't start working on. Therefore, Toodledoo is still superior feature-wise and I won't make the switch now.

Implement this (and a fast/easy to use (default) filter for all tasks which I can actually work on right now) and I will give your product a try.

Replied on Jun 11, 2013 - 06:35

Unfortunately I agree with everyone here. Start Dates are not optional for most people. I am really surprised (and disappointed) as a new Premium subscriber that this feature is missing. The workarounds just don't really cut it, they just prove the point. They're workarounds.

Michael Doyle
Replied on Jun 17, 2013 - 15:27

Somehow I feel like this would be integrated with Gantt charts. Am I wrong on your intent for start times?

Replied on Jun 20, 2013 - 11:34

Well, for me, it's not related to Gantt charts. Just simple independent tasks.

I have quarterly/yearly tasks, like renewing things (car/home/travel insurance, car test + road tax disc, 2-yearly recomemnded eye test...), submitting VAT/tax forms... All those tasks can only be started a few weeks before their due date.

Without a start date, you end up with a list of 50 active tasks, most of which cannot even be started.

Replied on Jun 20, 2013 - 11:44

Totally agree. I paid for the Premium service never considering that start dates would need some convoluted workaround. As Sebastien describes above, they're an essential function.

David premium
Replied on Jun 25, 2013 - 20:12

The reason this becomes important for me is that I have long term projects (i.e. things that aren't due for many days/weeks/months into the future) but which need to be worked on for more than one day. I really prefer that things pop into my todo list at a certain start date, so I know to start working on them then, rather than having to constantly evaluate where something is in the hierarchy of tasks, as I currently do.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 26, 2013 - 06:10

Hello David,

Thank you for your feedback. Right now, you could set a recurring task that will start in the future, for example using a date such as "every day starting 10 Aug". Although you would see this task in your project right away, it would already have the due date set to 10 Aug and you won't see it in your "7 days" view until this time.

Best regards,

Replied on Jun 26, 2013 - 07:45

I don't understand how this can be used (unless all your tasks have a 7-day duration).

Let's say I have a quarterly form to submit. I can only start this task once the quarter is finished (e.g. 1st February) and I have up to 7th of March to submit it. This repeats quarterly.

How would you use your suggestion? Can this be handled by todoist at all?

Replied on Jun 26, 2013 - 11:30

Of course it can't be used Sebastien, you're right. I think David has misunderstood and if he hadn't he would be advocating that your Start Date becomes another Due Date (I know!). Another example would be theatre tickets: The tickets are available from August 1st for a performance on November 1st. The Start Date is August 1st as the task is useless until then. I can buy the tickets any time until November 1st when the task is Due. After that date, the task is useless again. Every comparable task system has start dates and no matter how valiant Todoist Staff attempts to offer workarounds are, they are just that, workarounds.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 26, 2013 - 11:39

Hello Sebastien and Simon,

Sorry for the misunderstanding. This suggestion is indeed for something else - an actual start date, my response was only aimed at David as a workaround in case he wanted to just schedule recurring tasks in advance. If you just add a task due "every day", it would start immediately, but if you want to plan ahead you can set the first due date to the future.

This is of course not a solution to what you want to achieve, but a workaround for some cases, if applicable.

A different workaround for the cases you describe would be to use due dates and reminders.

Simon, in your case, you would set a task "buy ticket" with the due date set to November 1st and then an email, SMS or mobile reminder to August 1st. In fact, this reminder could be recurring so you could set it to "every Monday at 2pm starting 1 Aug" and as of August 1st, you'd get an alert each Monday at this time.

Sebastien, a similar workaround could be done in your case - task due 7th March and a reminder set to whatever recurrence you want, but starting on 1st February.

Again, I understand that this is not the solution to the suggested feature in this thread, but for now, as such feature is not available yet, this could be an alternative "solution".

Best regards,

David premium
Replied on Jun 26, 2013 - 12:09


Upon reading my description, I can see why Sebastian and Simon are confused. What I mean is similar to the tickets example, but that I have tasks and projects that are more complicated than buying tickets (I know it is just and example). For example ,if I want to write a paper, due on Oct 1, I probably will have to start on Sept 1 to get it finished. Today, there is too much I don't know to start assigning due dates--other than the final paper--to sub-tasks. I don't even want to start defining sub-tasks yet! I just want to know when I go through my list, starting on Sept 1 that I should be thinking about, and working on that paper, defining tasks and so forth. That way, as I am getting things done, I never have a blank list, until every task is done.

As Simon said, this is a very common functionality within to do lists. I used to do it in Thunderbird all the time, but Thunderbird screwed with my contact list, so I had to stop. I like a lot of things about Todoist, but this would really be a big help.

For a slicker discussion of the reasons this helps a lot see: http://lifehacker.com/only-use-due-dates-for-tasks-that-absolutely-need-them-476824378

rich lin premium
Replied on Aug 04, 2013 - 00:19

+1 for Start Dates. Few todo apps support it (apparently just Toodledo?) but it's *so* powerful in Omnifocus and is touted as one of it's best features.

Start Dates are hide projects & tasks from view until they are needed.

Replied on Aug 04, 2013 - 02:42

Just to respectfully correct Rich Lin, it isn't true that 'few todo apps support' Start Dates, many do. Todoist is one of the few that doesn't. Currently I am using Nirvana (which has the slickest start date functionality of all). Another way of considering Start Dates is what GTD users call Ticklers. So all of the GTD biased apps have a version of that functionality.

Rique Santiestevan premium
Replied on Aug 30, 2013 - 12:52

Agree that there are workarounds, however this appears to be the largest gap which Todoist does not have and for which there does not seem to be an in-progress status assigned yet.

I am pleased to read that there are plans for smartlists (saved searches) - the start date feature (although there are workarounds) would take Todoist a long way down the path to a fully mature product (have not tested the latest enough yet to comment in more depth at this time).


Jim Higgins
Replied on Sep 18, 2013 - 14:35

I don't know where this feature falls on the priority list, but I imagine it is most important among many serious enough to pay for a task-management solution (myself included).

Ryan Sweeney premium
Replied on Oct 04, 2013 - 11:48

I'm looking at todoist mostly because of it's ability to integrate with gmail, but also because of the plethora of apps available for various platforms. Having a start date as a task/project option would be tremendously useful. I would be curious if it is indeed on the roadmap, or something that is not planned at all.

David Trey staff
Replied on Oct 04, 2013 - 12:44

Hello Ryan,

There's always a possibility that we'll add such feature. Right now start dates already exist as you can type in a date such as "every day starting in 5 days" or "ev day starting 24/10" and the tasks' first instance will be on that day, but it will not hide the task in its project until the start day. We'll consider adding an option to hide such tasks in the future.

Best regards,

Andrew Ross premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2013 - 08:25

+1 for this. I've moved from Omnifocus and this is the one thing that annoys me about Todoist - saying that I still love it!

Replied on Oct 14, 2013 - 15:37

Like Andrew, I also just moved over from Omnifocus. This is the one feature that I'm having trouble getting around.

If implemented, I would suggest that instead of having a hard 'start date' you have a field that would be 'defer until'


Replied on Oct 15, 2013 - 01:30

I don't think that a 'Defer Until' button is the answer (although it could be useful). A 'Start Date' is an essential element in a GTD methodology. Call it a Tickler. It's a call to action on a task that needs to be started but not necessarily due yet. Defer Until is simply moving the Due Date. Unless I have misunderstood.
There are lots of folk on other forums of similar software saying that they'd jump over to Todoist if only it had Start Dates. I too am one of those people. It's a dealbreaker for anyone using GTD.

Jeff premium
Replied on Oct 23, 2013 - 12:07

Well here it is, the one real missing feature of todoist ....
I just voted.

The workaround with reminders *almost* works, except you probably want the reminder in the desktop app, not mobile. Otherwise you have to consult your mobile device to see what you need to search for in the desktop or web app ...NOT NICE.

The workaround with labels utterly and completely misses the point, which is to have the app HIDE the task in question, until the start date arrives, at which point the task AUTOMATICALLY appears in the list, preferably at the very top, so that it gets noticed. Having to search thru a list of tags every day is again NOT NICE and goes against the principle that your system should stay out of your way and create as little extra work for you as possible.

It may make it clearer if I say (from my point of view) that you could call it Start Date, or Hide Until, or Review Upon, it doesn't matter. The app should get a task assigned such a date out of your way (for example, one app I use puts such tasks in a separate area called "scheduled") until the date in question, at which point it should be brought to your attention in the app itself, not via an external notification (although that is a nice "extra").

Hope it's implemented soon!

Replied on Nov 07, 2013 - 17:14

I am disappointed that David keeps batting this request away with suggestions of workarounds (which would, quite frankly, be totally irritating.
There's a lot to like about Todoist, but the lack of this feature is a major shortcoming. Even Outlook has start and end dates, but unfortunately they have never got around to having a view that does anything useful.
I have moved over from PlanPlus, which has always been buggy but does tasks (including start and due times) quite well.
This issue has been on the table for 15 months. There have been a lot of people vote for it. I suspect a lot of potential customer have just walked away because it isn't available (I did initially but thought I would give the product a try).
David, please listen to your customers. This is an absolute basic capability for a task application, for all the reasons so eloquently explained above.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 07, 2013 - 18:34

Hello James,

We listen to all our customers and there's not one day in our company that we're not working on new improvements and features. It all takes a lot of time and resources and aside from adding smaller useful features, we also must focus on significant improvements, but rest assured - we don't ignore your requests, on the contrary - we greatly appreciate all feedback.

When I recommend a workaround, it's not a solution that should be an alternative to the feature you request, but a temporary workaround. It may not work for you, but we prefer to at least try to find a temporary solution while a feature isn't implemented.

Best regards,

Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 03:33

James, I am totally with you, well said. And although David is trying to help the 'workaround' is just that. And James you are completely correct when you say that potential customers just walk away because of this missing feature. I am one. Currently I am using Nirvana but because of the total lack of development and the developer's lousy attitude, users are leaving in droves. All considered Todoist but coming from a GTD culture, all backed off when they realised there are no start dates. GTD is impossible without them. Ticklers are a fundamental to any real GTD system. Once you have learned to rely on Start Dates it's impossible to go back to working without them.
David, if you really want to help here, please confirm whether this is something that is on the roadmap.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 07:06

Hello Simon,

Unfortunately, we can't give you any confirmation when exactly any feature will be implemented. We always aim at quality first and therefore it's impossible to tell when any feature will be ready for publishing, but we consider the implementation of many useful features in future updates and we'll surely consider this one too.

Best regards,

Jeff premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 08:04


I can confirm what others say, about lack of start date being a showstopper. In fact, it's on my todo list (not in Todoist!!) to request a refund of the Pro subscription cost.

David, I can understand your motivation for not wanting to give confirmation about when a feature will be implemented. However you have carefully avoided saying whether the feature is even being worked on, or if there are even PLANS to work on this feature. This is at the very least irritating, I find it actually insulting. Please give us an answer like:

- we always consider our customers' requests, however this particular feature is not being worked on and there are no plans to do so in the immediate future


- we plan to start working on implementing this feature once [ insert something here ] is finished


- this feature is currently being worked on, we're not at the point at which we can give any estimates on when it might be ready for release

Your answer is essentially "thank you for the request, we are unwilling to say anything at all except that it, like any feature request by any user, will receive some consideration".

That's what I find insulting, denying your paying customers any form at all of indication whether this will ever be implemented.

Jeff premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 08:09

BTW : should you have concrete plans to work on this, I am willing to contribute some time to it, esp. in the design stage. Todoist is quite close to being an ideal system for me, unfortunately start dates are tough to live without ... that plus a few weirdnesses in the todoist UI were enough to push me over to Appigo. Which does have start dates, although they are implemented sort of weirdly there and I may migrate back to Things, which have gotten start dates completely right.

Things unfortunately does not have a) true email integration nor b) timestamped comments, both of which are extremely useful, hence I keep looking. Todoist has both a) and b) above, however start dates are even more crucial than either a) or b) ...

Let me know if I can be of assistance in designing start date support in todoist, if you ever start working on it.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 08:31


I'm sorry to hear that you find my answer insulting, that certainly was not my intention.

Is this particular feature being worked on at the time I write this? No. Will it be worked on tomorrow? I could. The reason why we avoid giving deadlines or clear status updates is because any answer or estimate I would give you would be dishonest as I don't know when a feature will be out unless it's already on schedule for the next update.

Besides - things change in development. The best example is the calendar module - the request was set as "in progress" as we've started working on it, but we couldn't come up with a good solution for such module in our current UI so we've put a priority on the next big UI and feature update (incl. sharing) and then with these changes in place, this module could be implemented in a better way.

That said, the most honest reply we can give you is - we can't give you any estimate. I'm very sorry if you find this insulting :(

Best regards,

Jeff premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 08:41

Hi David,

This is at least better : it's not being worked on at present. Thanks. Still a bit vague on the plans, but I can relate to that somewhat better ... you don't know how long the current set of work will take, nor how its implementation might change your assessment of priorities. At least we know now, it is not being worked on.

[ and too bad ;-) ]


ps offer still stands, to provide feedback in case you ever do start with a design for how this should work. It's amazingly easy to get it wrong ...

Laura Helde
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 08:45

James: FYI, Outlook doesn't have a useful start date view in their prebaked options, but you can customize it. Here's what I do:

Right-click the header of your task list (in the full task view or the todo bar) and click View Settings.

Click Filter..., then Advanced.

Add the following criteria:
Field: Date Completed, Condition: does not exist
Field: Flag Completed Date, Condition: does not exist
Field: Start Date, Condition: on or before, Value: today

This works really well for me. I'm with a client that uses Outlook right now and I've decided that next time I'm with a company that doesn't, I'm just going to bite the bullet and buy it for myself. I was hoping I could make Todoist work since it's way cheaper (or free), but without start date it's a nonstarter.

Kenny Owens premium
Replied on Nov 13, 2013 - 12:02

I am new. I was looking for a start date option. Reading the post and the work-a-rounds, I tried this and it will work for me.

I made a task called "The Big Task Due 11/16" with due date of ev day starting Nov 13.

I made several sub-tasks with their own due dates or no due date.

Everyday starting on the 13th the "The Big Task due 11/16" will appear in the today view. I can expand it and view the sub-tasks. Mark the ones I complete that day as complete. Click the check box on "The Big Task" and it moves to the next day (or you could set the recurring date to every XX days and work on it in pieces.) when you complete "The Big Task due 11/16" change its complete date to that day and mark complete.

I think this would work well for the paper example as you could outline the sub-tasks without a due date and work on them as the schedule moves forward, adding specific due dates to the sub-tasks as you progress.

Oliver Naumann premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 02:54

Hi Todoist Team,

I am eagerly awaiting this feature. To be honest, as I am starting to use this tool more and more and have many tasks in, I am getting frustrated about this missing feature.
I started putting things in like when to renew my Passport or Annual things like tax returns or Budget plans etc. It really bugs me that I have these Projects / Task in my face all the time without being able to do anything about them. Please find a proper way to hide these, can be as simple as a checkbox in the task list (hide future tasks) and a start date for each task.

This will be a helpful feature even for users who do not realize right now that they are missing it!

Oliver Naumann

Bill Lee premium
Replied on Nov 21, 2013 - 16:59

Where can I vote for this feature?

I received the information that Todoist had added the ability to use "Note to" within Google Now to add a task - Wow, major improvement in the "collection" phase! I immediately began using your system and went with the premier account so I could use all the labels, etc.

However, I'm like the other guys who've been commenting. As I entered more and more of my tasks into the system it became more and more of a problem that there wasn't a start date field. I have dozens to hundreds of tasks associated with projects that I can do nothing with until next month or next quarter. I simply cannot wade through all of them on a regular basis trying to find that "Next" item I need to work on.

On the other hand, I detest putting "Due Dates" on tasks that are actually "As soon as you can do them". I tried to use the Due Date field as the Start Date field similar to what Michael Linenberger recommends to workaround Outlook's issues, but that really work because the intent is filtering and the system doesn't really filter at the project level.

Until you add this feature I just don't think Todoist will work for me... Any chance I can get my subscription fee back?

Replied on Nov 24, 2013 - 11:27

Sorry, cannot starting use Todoist without this feature.
More than one year, waiting about this feature...
For now, I work with toodledo, and plan to switch to todo.im. Sorry...

Geoff Staples premium
Replied on Dec 09, 2013 - 17:15

I'd like a start date, but I have a simple workaround.

I have a project called xFuture. I add tasks to it and put the START DATE in the date.

I use "xFuture" so it shows up as the last project. Then, when the "Start Date" arrives, I move it to the correct project and set the date to the due date.

If I had a lot of tasks starting in the future, I could have xProject A and xProject B, so that the future tasks for each project would be sorted below each project.

Jeff Bean
Replied on Dec 17, 2013 - 17:45

The emphasis on due dates is backwards for me. It's just upside down. The start date is key. It's not just essential, it's more important than due date. The due date of projects is not how I organize my work - I organize my work by start dates. It intrigues me that so many task managers, like Todoist, are biased toward due date. Is that how anybody works: "What tasks must be finished today?" Seriously? Instead, my operative question is "what can I start working on today?" Due date is only important once I'm working on a task to make sure that I'm still on schedule for it to be done on time. I need to be able to organize, see and adjust my tasks by start date, not due date.

Dave Snigier premium
Replied on Jan 01, 2014 - 01:04

I'm in the midst of evaluating todo apps to replace Omnifocus since I'm moving to Android and Todoist is ranking very high on my criteria. Sadly, the lack of a start date is a dealbreaker since probably about quarter of my tasks are recurring with start dates.

It's rare that a task will have a due date unless it absolutely has to get done by a specific day.

If I don't find anything better I might see what I can hack together with some scripts that hit the API.

Feel free to make this a premium feature. $30 for premium is a bargain compared to the omnifocus apps.

Elisa Young premium
Replied on Jan 12, 2014 - 18:42

Like others, this may end up being my deal breaker. Start dates are so integral to task management; I find myself only being able to use todoist for "right now" tasks, as opposed to being able to plan out my future tasks. The workarounds are simply not a sufficient solution, and I'm surprised that such a foreseeable customer requirement has not been addressed, nor escalated.

Shiri Dori-Hacohen
Replied on Jan 12, 2014 - 22:52

Hi folks,

There's been a lot of chatter about this feature lately. Given that I posted the original request, I wanted to note that a slightly complex, but very usable workaround for start dates is possible through Google calendar, as I described in my post that was picked up by Todoist:

I mention this though I'm no longer a Todoist user (switched to nirvana HQ about a year ago). Nirvana does have start dates, which is great, though it lacks other features that make todoist great. Do I wish someone had the union of both amazing tools? Yes. Is it worth switching for? No way. I'm still paying some price for switching (only did so in the first place due to a major data loss bug in my client that Todoist wasn't able to fix on my end). If I was a new user today, I'm not sure which tool I'd prefer, though if there's interest I could potentially post a review of both.

Hope this helps in some way and especially the workaround.

Arkady Grudzinsky premium
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 18:16

I would like to suggest start date AND time. For example, I have tasks that need to be done at home, after work. If I set due date and time (e.g. today @8pm), these tasks show at the top of the list. I'd like to be able to set the start date and time (e.g. today @6pm) so that these tasks do not appear on my list until 6pm.

Of course, with a premium account, I can create a saved search like (today, overdue) & !@home. But still. If there is a need for a workaround, it calls for a feature.

Joshua Jung premium
Replied on Feb 07, 2014 - 10:04

I am really looking forward to start using Todoist as soon as this feature becomes available - it is a core concept of GTD and similar methodologies and helps getting away from "fire fighting" to happy tasking. Please! Thanks. :-)

Jose Ignacio Sierra premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 08:40

Definitely agree on the use for Start Date.
It's a key concept for some current OF's users.

Miles Clark premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 12:45

Another vote for this feature. It's really a critical feature for me and has kept me from really adopting Todoist and recommending it to others.

The way I would expect to use it is to schedule a task or project for a date in the future, and then have that task stay out of my "Today" or "Next 7 Days" views until the start date, at which time it appears.

Arkady Grudzinsky premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 13:44

This is closely related to the ability to block tasks by other tasks so that they don't appear on the list before a certain task is completed.

Replied on Feb 26, 2014 - 10:08

The lack of a start date feature is surprising and annoying. My search for the ideal todo-list manager continues! Thanks for the suggestions for alternatives.

James premium
Replied on Mar 04, 2014 - 14:42

I am not looking so much for a start date as I would like to see a way for a task to become active once another task is completed. For example, I would like to be able to have the deadline for sending a followup email to a customer one week after completing the task of sending a final report.

Boyd Kelly
Replied on Mar 06, 2014 - 10:59

Cannot use Todoist without this feature. I need a start date and due date. Many other task managers support two dates (even 3) for tasks. Gqueues, Toodledo etc. Love the clean interface of todoist, but limited use without two date support. Using emacs org-mode for now!

Richard Abbott premium
Replied on Mar 10, 2014 - 12:51

This is thing that really annoys me about todoist - no start date - so I end up seeing everything I end up planning to do ever. I love the interface, thought.

markus ska premium
Replied on Mar 11, 2014 - 10:50

pretty please! desperately need this option as came from doit, everything else is wonderful. cheers!

Kellie LaFlamme premium
Replied on Mar 13, 2014 - 15:46

I really love Todoist but I also agree that this feature needs to be implemented. Right now I use the "Due Date" as the date I'm going to work on the task but really I need another field so that I can keep track of when I need to work on something and when it is actually due.

Nitin Badjatia premium
Replied on Mar 15, 2014 - 23:44

+1. Start date and start time would be great enhancements

Miha G premium
Replied on Mar 16, 2014 - 14:28

Start and due dates are essential. Start date is correlated to tickler files and tickler files are essential part of gtd. Due dates are the ultimate deadlines. If you are involved in projects, teaching, services and many other activities, you can't handle the deadlines without having clear info about them. You can start a specific task on a given day but will possibly miss the deadline if not indicated somewhere. For example, if I need to write a report, this may take a couple of hours. If there is no such block of time, the writing might extend over a couple of days. Hence, I need to have a start day several days ahead of the deadline. With only one date something is missing - either the tickler concept or the deadlines.
I'm currently solving the problem by using the existing due dates as start dates (todoist due date = my start date). If necessary I add the actual due dates (my deadlines) as labels. This works as the number of tasks with deadlines is rather small. However, one can expect that todoist will implement both dates ASAP.

Dale King
Replied on Mar 16, 2014 - 23:01

Miha wrote: "However, one can expect that todoist will implement both dates ASAP."

Judging by the fact that this thread is nearly 2 years old, I expect them to continue to do nothing, making themselves irrelevant in the world of GTD.

Boyd Kelly
Replied on Mar 16, 2014 - 23:06

Yeah, It seems they just don't get it. Or have the ambivalent attitude that the
$$$ are coming in so why bother....

Replied on Mar 18, 2014 - 09:19

+1 on this.

I'm exactly in the same boat as Miha and so many others.
Todoist is not too slow in taking necessary actions and listening to customer requests. The fact that the developers have not acted on this seems to indicate that it will never be implemented.

Because Todoist doesn't have "start date" or "action date", I've been using another project manager app. But I'd rather have one app - Todoist - handle all my project management, and it can easily be done if Todoist were only to adopt a "start date".

EL premium
Replied on Mar 18, 2014 - 11:26

The lack of start dates is an absolute deal breaker for me. Their promotional materials stating that Todoist is GTD compliant either indicates that they lack an understanding of GTD principles, or that they are simply being disingenuous. Start dates are absolutely distinct from due dates (elegantly explained in posts above), and the various workarounds involving filters and labels are needlessly cumbersome and downright silly for an app which is supposed to help you get things done.

Todist is otherwise, in my opinion, one of the best designed todo services in the market. The webapp is fast and has a clean interface. It’s a pity though that such a basic feature (among many others) hasn’t been implemented for close to 2 years, and as at the moment I think the team is only just CONSIDERING implementing it.

I think this is an indication that the team (and the app) is simply not heading in the right direction. For the same reason I’m not sure I want to pay a year’s premium subscription hoping that they will get the basic GTD task management functionality sorted out.

While I’m at this, one of the other deal breakers is the inability to filter tasks within a project. It’s mind-boggling how there can be such an oversight. Makes me question if they even use their own app.

Replied on Mar 23, 2014 - 23:43

I have been watching this post with interest.
i had a disappointing experience with Todoist Outlook plugin - there were a number of very messy bugs that took some time to resolve. I eventually gave up and was given a refund on my fees paid.
I resolved I would try Todoist again if these bugs were fixed and if a Start Date was implemented.
I haven't yet tried the latest version of the Outlook plugin, as I don't want to spend the time doing so if start date won't be implemented.
David hasn't replied to anything on this post since November, and has never indicated if there is any possibility it will be implemented.
This all suggests to me that the Todoist team don't have any intention to implement this feature, whether because it is too hard or for some other reason.
Anyway, I think for all the people watching this post, it would be useful if Todoist would give us a clear statement. Either "We do not intend to develop Start Date" or "We see this as a useful feature and will put it on our development list/shortlist".
This at least would be better than the evasive comments from David to date.
Speaking for myself, and I suspect a lot of others who like Todoist and would subscribe if this was implemented, this would let us decide whether to continue waiting or just walk away and go for something else.

Miha G premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 01:27

I think that todoist developers should seriously consider the need for two dates. Looking at the list published regularly by Priacta, one can see that already 20 (among 66) Web gtd apps offer two or more dates:
Once again, having at least two dates was essential already for core gtd (developed many years ago). Today, not having two dates unnecessarily obstructs the workflow in most of businesses.

joao melo premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 19:27

i created a "start" tag and use due dates as start dates in the activities with that tag. also created a filter "(overdue | today | 4 days) & !@start" to give my almost due tasks that are not hacked with start date workaround.

the future would be very nice especially in recurring processual tasks that do not have due dates but could start after x days after their last completion.

Jay Cassano premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 19:48

I would very much like to see this. I love Todoist, but I'm considering canceling my subscription and finding an alternative if there are no plans to implement this. I'm disheartened by the lack of enthusiasm from Todoist staff despite clear user desire for this.

Mart Parve
Replied on Apr 02, 2014 - 01:56

Hilarious thread :D

Funny how the "Staff" guy eventually just gave up with a passive-agressive outburst: "hey whateva dudes if you are so bitchy!"

I wanted to see more excuses and explanations how there is no way to implement this particular little feature :)

Pierre premium
Replied on Apr 02, 2014 - 05:05

+1 for start date

Dennis premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 20:46


Tim Stringer
Replied on Apr 07, 2014 - 13:33

Another vote for start date functionality for both tasks and projects. Some tasks can't be started until the future and seeing them in an active task lists creates clutter. And using due dates for start dates is inherently problematic as it becomes difficult to determine what's actually due. As others have pointed out, sometimes there is a due date, but it's not the same as the start date. For example, if I promise someone I call them text week I want to be able to create a tasks such as "Call Bob" with a start date of Monday and a due date of Friday.

Tim Stringer
Replied on Apr 07, 2014 - 13:33

Another vote for start date functionality for both tasks and projects. Some tasks can't be started until the future and seeing them in an active task lists creates clutter. And using due dates for start dates is inherently problematic as it becomes difficult to determine what's actually due. As others have pointed out, sometimes there is a due date, but it's not the same as the start date. For example, if I promise someone I call them text week I want to be able to create a tasks such as "Call Bob" with a start date of Monday and a due date of Friday.

Miha G premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2014 - 14:22

Coming back again to vote on this essential gtd feature (two dates). As regards gtd, one may easily skip all the suggestions having currently more votes than this one (calendar, evernote integration etc). Knowing that todoist people highly regard the concept of priority, they would know that 2 dates is the highest priority of all features required by users of todoist right now.

brunswick lowe premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2014 - 15:30

Another vote for start dates here.

I did see above where another user has a similar solution to mine. That is, I create a master task with sub tasks. One of those sub tasks is "Start <<task name>>" and I enter the start date of the master task as the due date for the start sub task.

Miha G premium
Replied on Apr 11, 2014 - 12:35

Brunswick lowe,

Of course, this is quite elegant. The problem I have with this particular solution is that when the first subtask with due date (= start date of master) appears I don't have an idea when the due date for the master is (I have to check for this separately by going into the project). I like to see at all occasions how much time is still there left until the deadline of the master. That is why I insert the due date as a label. Again - not ideal because this is not the main purpose of using labels. So two dates are still required for a gtd-viable app. This allows one to have a nice overview already during the regular reviews and also later on when a task starts.

Ian Varley premium
Replied on Apr 12, 2014 - 15:40

Another big vote here ... after using Todoist for a couple weeks and loving it, this is the biggest hole from my previous system. There's stuff I need to have on my radar but can't do a thing about until some point in the future, and seeing them in my system at all (unless I explicitly ask to) is just clutter.

UI-wise, I see it as a similar option to show/hide completed. By default, it'd not show stuff with a future start date, but there'd be a button in all the views, right next to the "show completed" button, that is "show future". You'd use that during planning & weekly reviews, but generally have it turned off when you're in "doing" mode.

Thanks guys! And don't let the haters upthread get you down, you're doing it right (iterative development, not promising the world, and implementing in order of popularity).

Santi Gutiérrez premium
Replied on Apr 14, 2014 - 17:04

Thinking seriously on switching from Omnifocus. But... I NEED start date's on my projects to show just the tasks that are active.

I'm sorry... -_-;

Replied on Apr 15, 2014 - 03:37

Why it is so difficult to do this seems simple addition to your application functionality ?
It is really very convenient future for simple project management.

Almost two year left since first suggestion of this future in this comment tree and I still hasn't decided to buy premium due to unavailability the "start date" future.

Many half-ideas and workarounds but it is sounds so stupid when users invent half-ideas rather than to convince the developer just to add this simple functionality. (((

Jeff premium
Replied on Apr 16, 2014 - 06:58

Even productivity-guru Mike Vardy switched from Omnifocus to Todoist. Too bad for the people from Todoist that Michael Schechter can't take him too seriously because Todoist is lacking a very basic GTD feature: START DATES !!!

Listen to the podcast here:


Todoist is on its way but I think it's time for Todoist to grow up now and implement START DATES, so that it can be considered a serious GTD-app.

Martin Adams premium
Replied on Apr 16, 2014 - 17:18

Start dates are a must for me. Thank you for everything you guys are doing ;-)