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Recurring Tasks Syntax?

I have a recurring task that starts on February 27th, and repeats every three weeks after that at 9:30am. I've entered the task as follows:

"every 3 weeks starting Feb 27 at 9:30"

Todoist created a task on February 27th to repeat every 3 weeks correctly, however it has put the alarm at 11:59pm. Can you tell me what the proper syntax would be to get Todoist to recognize the correct due time of 9:30am?


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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 03:06 UTC

Hi Damion,

You need to make sure the time is before the date for it to work correctly. So the correct syntax would be "every 3 weeks at 9:30am starting feb 27".


Damion Berv  premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 14:28 UTC

Brendon, that totally worked!! Thanks so much for your help!!

Replied on Feb 13, 2014 - 23:23 UTC

Hi Brendon,
I was having the same issue and have followed what you have said for the recurring tasks which appears to work, but I am also having a similar issue for Reminders where the start date is being knocked off. Eg

I enter: 'every month at 9:00am starting Mar 11'
Displaying in the reminders as: 'every month @ 9:00am'


Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 00:03 UTC


I am not sure I understand. You enter "every month at 9:00am starting Mar 11" and when you look at the task, it shows "every month @ 9:00am". So it does not show starting Mar 11? I am not able to reproduce this issue, I have entered it exactly as you wrote, and it works without issue.


Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 03:07 UTC

Hi Brendon,
Here's a screengrab of what I see after entering the above into the Reminder date/time field.
As you can see there's no 'starting Mar 11' in the display.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 04:31 UTC


You need to enter that into the date box (bedside task name), and not within the reminder menu area. Please tell me if it still does not work outside of the Reminder menu.


Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 05:34 UTC

But then how do I make a reminder that notifies me every month at 9:00am starting Mar 11?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 12:52 UTC

Hello Marika,

Based on the due date you want to use, you don't have to use "every month starting...". Instead, please set it to "every 11 at 9am". Even if you need the task to start later, you can still use "every 11 at 9am starting Apr 11", though in case of March 11, it will automatically set it to start in March as it'll assume that the starting date is the next available 11th.

Alternatively, you can use a relative reminder. If the task itself has a due time, then you get access to relative reminders which can be set to "1 hour before deadline" or even "0 minutes before deadline" letting the reminder arrive at the deadline.

Best regards,

Replied on Feb 15, 2014 - 05:47 UTC

Hi David,
Thanks for the response, I've used the 'every 11 at 9am' for my monthly recurring reminders and it seems to be playing nice.

I am however having a bit of trouble with reminders on a fortnightly recurring task. I tried using the relative reminders ('72 hours before deadline') but I just get an Invalid date message. It seems to accept 'every 14 days @ 9:00am' but when does the 14 days begin? Is it based on the task date or the date I entered the reminder?

Sorry these maybe dumb questions but it's doing my head in!

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 15, 2014 - 17:05 UTC


There is no option for 72 hours when using Remind Before Tasks Due Date, that would be 3 days, are you saying you can not select 3 days as an option?

It seems you want to have the reminder go off at the same time as the tasks due date, which would be 0 minutes before though, is that not correct?


Dan Weiss  premium
Replied on Dec 24, 2014 - 18:23 UTC

Hi all,

The syntax for recurring tasks gets a bit confusing -- not as intuitive as
it could be. I'm sure I'm missing it in my searches, but is there a
comprehensive guide with lots of examples?

My problem is that I created a task on the iPhone app with this in the date

every day before 12pm

Now, on the Mac desktop app, I can't seem to complete the task. When I
click in the complete box, it just gives me the "sync" bars animation and
doesn't do much else.


Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Dec 25, 2014 - 06:29 UTC

Hi Dan,

You can refer to this page for more examples of recurring date synax: https://todoist.com/Help/DatesTimes