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Relative Dates

Does todoist support relative dates. Use case example:

Due date set for "10 jan". Would be very helpful to set a reminder by "5 days before due date" or "5 hours before due time".

Could see most often used for reminders. Would be super cool to create "task chains" by allowing someone to set relative due dates - relative to other tasks within todoist - now creating project management-like functions with dependencies. Just a thought.

Can see the latter story being a longer term one - the first story - setting reminders using relative dates and times being more much immediately useful.

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 04, 2014 - 13:10 UTC


Yes, Todoist supports relative dates, but only for reminders and only for tasks that have a due time.

So, for example, you can set the task to "10 Jan at 13:20" and only then you'll have the options to make the reminder relative - 1 hour before, 1 days before etc. because we need to know at what time you want the reminder.

If the task doesn't have a time, only "10 Jan", then you can only add absolute reminders to it such as "5 Jan at 13:00" or "3 Jan @ 2pm".

Best regards,

Replied on Apr 18, 2014 - 14:56 UTC

It seems like it would be helpful to have relative date reminders without having to set a due time. For example, I set a recurring task to replace batteries on an annual basis but with an associated subtask to go and make sure I have the batteries on hand. No specific time needed.

I wanted to set a reminder a week ahead of time so that I could pick up the batteries if needed. However to do so, I had to set a specific due time. Relative reminder would be helpful obviously with recurring tasks that don't have specific times.

I get it that relative date reminder needs to be relative to something - so perhaps the default could be early morning of the due date if no time is selected?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 18, 2014 - 15:51 UTC


We'll consider it in the future, but the main issue is that it can't be added without an option. Even if we would define "the morning" relatively to your time zone and decide that 5am is OK, it won't be OK for other users.

For now, as a workaround, you're welcome to use absolute reminders. The don't require the task to have a time, in fact it doesn't even need a date. If the task has a date such as "every 15", you can set the reminder to "every 8 at 5am" - that's a week before the task's date.

Best regards,

Denis Rafter
Replied on May 13, 2014 - 12:20 UTC

It seems to me that all that is needed is start dates, these can be independent of due (complete by) dates. This would have the added advantage of allowing us to keep out of sight, tasks that are not available to work on until a future date. Clearly we would need to be able to toggle on and off so that we can view a project with all tasks as well as a project with just the available now task (those with start date of now or earlier).

David Trey  staff
Replied on May 13, 2014 - 14:01 UTC

Hello Denis,

Recurring tasks already have start date. You can use "every day starting 10 Jun" or "every Friday starting in 3 days" etc. What start dates don't do, though is hide the task in your project. They will hide it on your today or 7 days view and you'll see them scheduled for the first occurrence according to the start day, but you will see them in the specific project so you'll never accidentally schedule an important task for the day forgetting that another task will start and appear on this day.

As for single-occurring tasks, start dates are indeed not available for them since the task, by nature, is one-time. If it's not, you can make it occurring as mentioned above. Or, as a workaround, set the task to "20 Jun" and add a recurring reminder to it, making the reminder due "every day at 16:30 starting 10 Jun", for example :-)

Best regards,

Denis Rafter
Replied on May 13, 2014 - 14:20 UTC

Excellent thank you, I will indeed try that

Denis Rafter
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 08:34 UTC

Hi there

A quick question, there seems to be a significant delay between a team member checking off a tasks and it being marked as checked off. Is this correct?

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 10:48 UTC

Hi Denis,

How long a delay are you experiencing? If should not take long.


Denis Rafter
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 17:26 UTC

Too early to tell, I had to leave the office, 15 mins after an event that was shared and it had not reflected in colleagues list. We are used to Wunderlist, which is what we have used for team tasks and it works at the speed of light and not so Todoist. I will watch for this as I get deeper into the trial and report back if I see more of this and try to get a better feel for the delay period.

The biggest problem is this one:

Peter has replied and this shows my reply to his reply

If these problems can be ironed out, TD looks to be exactly what we want. We have projects and lists within Projects and tasks within the lists and these can go to 3-4 levels.

Often a Project flows from a meeting with a client and one person sets all the immediate first actions out on a project and then it goes to a team member to do some things and that team member will add more stuff and do some stuff and they may need to pass it to another team member to do some other things and then it goes back to the original team member to do the next bit and then back to the other two again over a 1 week to 9 month time frame (average 2 months). We have had great difficulty fining a tool to handle this way of working and keep everything together so that all team members can always see the whole picture. It looks to me as if TD Business gives us all we need and thus I am keen to get the issues fixed before I start to rely on it.

Denis Rafter
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 19:31 UTC

Looking at your support page I can see my problem is not new, it dates back some months, http://todoist.com/Support/show/33528/

I have the problem using iPad app and Chrome App and Mac app. Might it be wise for me to go away and check back in next year or is there a fix now?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Sep 22, 2014 - 22:08 UTC


This is indeed not the first report we've had about this issue, though as with every issue, the moment we can reproduce it, we can fix it usually very fast. Unfortunately, this one we can't reproduce :-( We're also using Todoist each day and so far it simply hasn't happened to us even after specifically trying to trigger it (using multiple devices, dragging & dropping tasks, editing them, sharing, changing things etc.

Given that our iOS app was proven to be the source of some sync-related issue and we have found an issue in its code that could theoretically cause something like this, we'll release another update soon addressing it. For now, try to not use our iOS app, or even not have it installed, and let us know if this issue persist. Sorry for the inconvenience.