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Issues with recurring tasks


Right now if I have a recurring task that is overdue and I assign a new date to it, the recurrence goes away, rather than just

For instance, I have several tasks that are due on the last day of the month. Depending on how that day goes I may or may not get to all of them that day in addition to my other tasks. At the end of the day I look to see how many tasks are still due and try to spread them out over the coming week. Example: 3 recurring tasks left that are due at the end of the month - I may set one for the 2nd one for the 3rd and one for the 4th. However, I would still like all three to recur again at the end of this month. What I am finding is that once I change the dates (let's say, to the 2nd of the month) that changes the date of the recurring task and it just goes away when I mark it complete. Can you please fix this?

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Aug 04, 2013 - 00:47 UTC

Hi Eva,

Yes, Unfortunately that's how our system works at this time. When creating a new task you can enter something such as "every day at 2pm" which is why when you edit the task it changes the recurring date, unless of course you change it to another recurring date.

We will consider changing this in future updates. Feel free to add this to our vote box, or vote on one. http://todoist.com/Vote/


Eva Turenchalk
Replied on Aug 04, 2013 - 01:01 UTC

When I edit a recurring task, it should by default create a new task with the new date, but keep that recurring task, and it's recurrence. The only time a recurring task should go away is if you delete it. And even then, it should ask if you want to delete the curerrent task or all future incidences of the task.

That is how Remember the Milk does it and it is super convenient. I have to say, between this issue and the inability to do the once a year recurring tasks on a specific day (i.e. every year on the first Saturday in November) I am re-thinking my premium purchase.

These don't seem like particularly innovative requests. Can you please provide information on when these features might be available?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Aug 04, 2013 - 01:21 UTC


To clarify, you would want a single task to keep the original recurring date, and a new date as well? For now you could create a second task to accomplish this, though I know it's not ideal.

I can't provide any real information into these kinds of features, we are working on many things and many new updates are coming. Though I can say that the recurring date for years would likely be sooner then this request. I hope we can provide these changes before you change your mind :)

It's definitely on our to-do list :)


Eva Turenchalk
Replied on Aug 04, 2013 - 01:53 UTC

Yes Brendon, exactly, keep both the new revised date for this instance/recurrence and have that date change prompt the recurring task to recur to the next recurrence, whether it is the next last day of the month or 'after 2 weeks' or whatever the recurrence is set to.

Thanks for the updates. I hope you can provide the changes before I switch back too!! : ) There are so many things I love about this program, which is why I upgraded to premium right away, but some of these nitty gritty things are what keep me organized day to day, month to month and year to year and can only be put off for so long. I don't need the yearly recurrences until October and I'm willing to work with the workaround of creating a new task and completing the recurring task for now, so we'll see...

Eva Turenchalk
Replied on Aug 04, 2013 - 01:55 UTC

Also - I did create a new voting issue on this in case anyone else wants to vote for it : )

Michael Young
Replied on Oct 23, 2014 - 01:03 UTC

I'd like to be able to reschedule or cancel one instance of a recurring task without changing the recurrance pattern. Is there still no way to do this?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Oct 23, 2014 - 02:17 UTC


This does not happen anymore. If a task is "every thursday" and you postpone to Friday, once its completed it will go back to the next thursday.


Replied on Oct 23, 2014 - 04:33 UTC

This problem with recurring tasks is so f... disturbing. So, I added a recurring task yesterday, let's say... and yesterday I didn't complete it. Today I can see the yesterday's task, and if I complete it, I can see the same task tomorrow, but not today. WHY?

How hard can it be to make a recurring task everyday? Can't believe this..