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Recurring Sub-Tasks Issue

If I create a recurring task with recurring sub-tasks, the filter task view shows both the recurring task with recurring sub-task and the recurring sub-task separately. This is very confusing and seems to be a bug. The sub-task should remain connected to the main task in every view.
Basically, what I'm trying to do is create a recurring task with sub-tasks which recur on the same schedule as the main task. If I make the sub-tasks have no recurrence, then once they are completed, they no longer occur with the main task. How can I make recurring sub-tasks work?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 06, 2014 - 16:06 UTC

Hello Dan,

That's not a bug. This is the only way that we can make sure you won't miss any tasks and also have the option to check if and what sub-tasks a parent tasks has.

That said, if you search for anything (date, word, label), you will see all tasks regardless of their indent level that match the search criteria. If some of them are parent tasks, you'll also have the option to check what sub-tasks they contain. If some of these sub-tasks also match the search criteria, then they will be part of the main results as well.

Both alternatives wouldn't work because if we would only show the sub-task below its parent then in case that the parent wouldn't match the criteria, you would see irrelevant tasks on the result list just because they may have one or more sub-tasks that are relevant and have to find them manually.

If we would show the task separately only, but not below the parent task, then if you wouldn't see which task is a parent, you could accidentally complete an entire structure.

So again - the current solution seems best to make sure nothing gets missed and at the same time you can preview a parent's subtasks for reference.

Nonetheless, if you have a suggestion to change it, we would greatly appreciate it and you're welcome to add a feature request/suggestion to our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/

Best regards,

Dan Walker  premium
Replied on Jan 06, 2014 - 18:55 UTC

I think the issue is how recurring tasks and sub-tasks are represented in the filter views (ie. today) with only the recurring symbol. Because of this you cannot tell if a sub-task to a main task is recurring today or a month in the future.

However, recurring tasks and sub-tasks on the Project view have colors, days and tool-tips which makes everything clear. I think the solution is to use these aspects of the Project view for the filter views of recurring sub-tasks.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 07, 2014 - 12:43 UTC


We'll try to improve the display of recurring tasks on the today view in future updates.

Best regards,

Laura H
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 19:28 UTC

I just added a votebox asking for similar functionality: http://todoist.com/Vote/show/8351/

Carlos Vieira  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 10:28 UTC

Hello! I am new to Todoist and everything is going well, but this problem. On today view, for instance, recurring sub-tasks that are appointed for tomorrow appear only with the recur symbol and not the date of 'tomorrow'. It is really very confusing for managing the day.

In general, there is also another issue with sub-tasks occurring to me: sub-tasks sometimes move to other tasks, but that is maybe because I am doing something wrong. :-)

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 13:14 UTC

Hello Carlos,

Please clarify - when you enter a project in which you have a recurring task, you don't see any date on the right side, only the recurrence symbol? Can you reproduce this in different browsers?

Reg. sub-tasks moving under other tasks - can you reproduce this issue? That is, can you always trigger it by following certain steps? If so, let us know how, once we can reproduce it on our end, it would greatly help us identify the issue and fix it.


Carlos Vieira  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 14:21 UTC

Hello David,
Thank you for your answer!

The 1st issue seems to be strategic/optional, while the second seems to be a bug:)

1st issue (Sub-tasks having dates set do not show the date in 'Today View')

I tried on Chrome and Firefox, Chrome extensions and Windows desktop.

The images below show that the 'project view' is perfect. However, 'today's view' is not very informative. I mean, let's say I want to organize my day in the morning, the sub-task set to another day will appear in my 'today view' and I will think that I have to do it...today. (moreover, the gray mouse hover over text box with details only appears on the 'project view').

Notice that this happens with sub-tasks set with recurring dates but also with sub-tasks having simple fixed dates.

Conclusion: whenever I have a task with sub-tasks I am always changing for the 'project view' of that particular task to finally see the correct dates of the sub-tasks.

2nd issue (Sub-tasks moved to other tasks)

One day everything is nice, the other day the sub-tasks are out of place and I have to re-arrange everything. I still do not understand what makes this happen. If then I figure out, I will say it here.
This seems a big problem, specially for people having lot's of sub-tasks.

My first step will be to stop using drag and drop to create sub-tasks. Use the 'add task bellow' and then click the button 'indent'.

Best Regards,

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 14:42 UTC


Reg. the first issue - on date-based views, all tasks under the "today" header will be due today so the display of the current date is unnecessary. But I understand what you mean - sub-tasks listed under a parent task due today indeed don't have dates. We'll look into improving this.

For now, please note that every sub-task that actually is due today will be listed separately there so you definitely won't miss any tasks due today.

We'll keep trying to reproduce the second issue and fix it ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Carlos Vieira  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 14:43 UTC

Sorry, I have forgotten to suggest a solution for the 1st issue although I do not know if is possible technically:

- sub-tasks with the date for today could appear on 'today view' with the 'name of the project', as every tasks and sub-tasks appear at the moment. (to maintain the structure of 'today's view' or 'Next 7 days')

- sub-tasks with different dates than today:
a) do not appear on 'today view'
b) appear with the date instead of the name of the project (e.g. Friday)
c) appear with the date and the name of the project (e.g. Friday, Work)

Carlos Vieira  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 14:48 UTC

Thank you for your answer!!

'For now, please note that every sub-task that actually is due today will be listed separately there so you definitely won't miss any tasks due today. '

That is a great tip!!!, so from now I will follow that criteria.
So, I do not need to change for the projects view anymore to check the dates of the sub-tasks.
However, it is still something that should be improved, and I hope one day the Todoist team manage to resolve it.

P.s. sorry the English:)