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postponing tasks with Recurring dates "after X days"


I've faced with unexpected (as for me) behaviour.

I've a task with recurring dates "after 6 days".
Imagine, I've done it last time 6 days ago and it is in my Today's list.
I decide to do that tomorrow and I press to "postpone".
I expect it will be postponed till tomorrow, but in fact it will be postpone to 6 days after today.

Is it an issues or a feature? ;)
And is there any way of postponing it for tomorrow?

Thanks in advance.

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Sep 11, 2013 - 17:51 UTC

Hello Aleksandr,

This in an intended behavior. Postponing a task always postpones its occurrence. So, for example, if you know you will not be able to complete it for this week, you can skip this occurrence and it will be postponed to the next one (6 days from now, in this case).

There is currently no way to move a recurring task to tomorrow. You can use the "do it today" option on the next day, though. We always recommend to leave such tasks overdue. You will see them in pretty much every view will also clearly know that it's something you've missed and not keep postponing it day after day. Please check out this post on our blog explaining how beneficial it is: https://todoist.com/blog/2013/06/3-ways-to-drastically-improve-your-productivity/

Best regards,

Bernhard Streit  premium
Replied on Jan 20, 2014 - 15:00 UTC

I just stumbled on the same issue.

I think the current behaviour is bad for two reasons:

1. You usually expect the task to be scheduled for tomorrow - it's easy to miss the hint that in case of recurring tasks, it's not tomorrow, but maybe next week, next month or even next year. Not only for newbies that can be confusing!

2. You can already achieve that the task is rescheduled for next week (or whatever you set as interval) if you complete it, so I don't see a reason why you would the same behaviour when using "postpone".

I can give you a concrete example - I have a task that reminds me to do my tax declaration every year at the beginning of January. Now I just wanted to postpone it, because I'm still waiting for some documents - and I just by incident I saw that the task was rescheduled for January next year! Which basically means I could easily have forgotten to submit it this year!

I don't see any use case for the current behaviour, to be honest, and I think it's inconsistent, not intuitive and confusing, so I really hope you consider changing that!


David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 20, 2014 - 20:52 UTC

Hello Bernhard,

Thank you for your feedback. The use case for the current behavior is to simply not postpone something you've missed at all and keep it overdue - it will always keep showing up in the default views and on top of being visible there, it will remind you that this is something that should have been done and is missed rather than looking like a newly scheduled task.

However, we do understand that this is not always optimal and we'll implement a big update to Todoist tomorrow which will give you multiple postponing options such as for tomorrow, next week, next month etc.

Best regards,

Replied on Jan 20, 2014 - 21:20 UTC

I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread. That behavior doesn't seem intuitive at all, especially for annually recurring tasks.
If I want to push a recurring task to the next due date, I'd mark it as complete.

Why have two buttons that do the same thing?

I suppose it's useful for people who like to run metrics on the past. Personally, I use to-do software to look at the present and future.

Well, now that I know how postpone functions, I just won't push it ever. Not a big deal, but I'm glad I found out before I used it.

Bernhard Streit  premium
Replied on Jan 20, 2014 - 23:41 UTC

Hey David,

thanks for the quick reply. I think I'm really using the software differently - I use the tasks as reminders that something needs to get done, and in the morning I go through my list, decide what I want to do today and what I want to postpone and do another day.

Like that I only have the stuff left in the "today view" that I want to get done today. Otherwise I would have to remember for every task if I need to do it today or if it can be done tomorrow.

But I'm really glad you're going to solve that issue for me tomorrow already, that's the fastest response time I saw so far ;-))))))))



Roger Jones  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2014 - 06:46 UTC

I think this thread largely answers my situation.

Sometimes I set a task on its own as a reminder and set a date eg today, tomorrow.

I work on the task and may not finish it completely for whatever reason, but I HAVE made progress.

I'd like an option to mark it as done and then re-entered automatically as a to-do.

Of course, the ideal thing is to map out all the steps the first time, but reality and other stuff intervenes.

Example: "Review clustering document for comments" as a single task on its own for today (or any other day, or 'no date'). I do work on it today, but it is not finished.

It might take a few days for whatever reasons and handling it by postponing it does not 'credit' me for having made progress.

It would even be nice to have an estimated % complete label (in 10% increments) but this is getting into the realms of project management.