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Task Start Date


Hey Folks,
Could you kind folks please add a start date to a task please? Sometimes, a task needs to finished by a certain date but can only start once something else has finished.

Many thanks!

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DS  premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 10:32 UTC

That would be great. I don't want to look at tasks before I can actually do them.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 13:15 UTC


Technically, we already support start days, but as much as they will affect your today, 7 days or any date-based view, the task will not disappear within a project otherwise you wouldn't even be able to modify it should the due date be changed.

To set a start date, please use "starting" in the date formula, for example:
- Every day starting in 10 days
- Every Fri starting 14/3
- ev 2nd Mon at 2pm starting 10 Mar

Best regards,

Greg Boland
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 20:18 UTC

Hey David,
Thanks for your reply. Combersone but it will do just fine!


Replied on Apr 19, 2014 - 11:00 UTC

I'm confused. Why is David talking about recurring tasks?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 20, 2014 - 21:34 UTC

Hello Sarah,

I've mentioned recurring tasks because these are the ones that already support start days. If you want a task to start then it's a task that takes more than one action (otherwise it's a one-time task).

That said, you can set a task to "every day starting 30 May" or "every Monday starting in 7 days". You can't set a task to "tomorrow starting today".

Best regards,

Replied on Apr 21, 2014 - 07:07 UTC

Hello David,

Thanks for your reply. I understand. What you meant to say is that in general you don't support start date with the exception of recurring tasks.

There are a lot of comments for the "start date suggestion" from some years ago. Are you working on this? Will there be a start date functionality soon?


David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 21, 2014 - 11:10 UTC


We're currently not working on this, but we may consider it in the future.

Best regards,

Replied on May 05, 2014 - 22:41 UTC

Definitely, the starting date is the only feature missing in Todoist. I work with many tasks that I cannot start until a certain day. It's something paramount in a task manager!

Anirban Kundu
Replied on May 27, 2014 - 15:52 UTC

Please implement the start date feature . Was a Thinkng Rock user and future tasks became active on a given day.... say "Wish Mr. X Happy birthday on so and so date " and only on the specified date would the task be seen in due today.
.Also, start an action when some other action is complete as well, especially sub tasks that work in sequence.


EL  premium
Replied on Jun 12, 2014 - 18:26 UTC

This is absolutely ridiculous. How difficult can it be to simply add support for start dates? Despite all the requests and lengthy posts from your paying customers explaining the need for start dates for YEARS, you are still not doing ANYTHING about it.


Replied on Jun 12, 2014 - 22:33 UTC


Trevor Bidle
Replied on Jun 14, 2014 - 18:36 UTC

Please consider this as a feature. It is the difference of me being able to use this and having to go back to omnifocus.

Michael E. Rubin
Replied on Jun 16, 2014 - 23:48 UTC

I agree that Start Date would be an excellent addition to Todoist. I would even pay a little extra for the feature. It's absolutely central to the Manage Your Now methodology put forward by Michael Linenberger (author of Master Your Workday Now with Outlook).

Until then, here's another solution:

Martin Fink
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 06:40 UTC

+1, would love to have it!

Shannon Hush  premium
Replied on Jun 20, 2014 - 09:09 UTC

I also vote on this as a MUST!

Christopher Ogden
Replied on Jul 13, 2014 - 21:12 UTC


Joao Guimaraes
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 04:21 UTC

The lack of this feature is stopping me from going premium.

EL  premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 04:33 UTC

This feature has been requested for years. I wish I could point you to the request in votebox but unfortunately the votebox has been deleted. I don't even think the developers are even at the stage of considering implementation. Don't hold your breath.

Ian Bicking
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 18:46 UTC

The goal for this, IMHO, would be that you not have to see a todo item until the start date. Then I could add a task like "renew foo.com domain" and set the date for sometime not too long before the domain expires, and I wouldn't have to have that todo item sitting around bugging me until the start date.

Trish Putnam
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 19:39 UTC


Douglas Kurn
Replied on Jul 29, 2014 - 13:15 UTC

I've had to go back to Omnifocus for this, but hate their new UI and so am still on OF1. Would come back if this was implemented.

Márcio Abreu  premium
Replied on Aug 04, 2014 - 09:52 UTC

I need the start date too.

Replied on Aug 06, 2014 - 22:33 UTC


Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 07:11 UTC

Star date feature was one of highest demanded features when votebox was active and still is. (still don`t understand what is the reason of disabling votebox)

I`m joining the request.


Martin Fink
Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 09:19 UTC

Can't plus 1 this enough!
Is there any update regarding the status of start date implementation? Will it come? If yes, when?

Replied on Aug 08, 2014 - 12:04 UTC

I don't really understand the resistance to implementing this. The idea of deferral/start dates is so key to GTD. I subscribed to premium to see if I could make reminders or a recurring events kludge work, but it's really not good workflow. Doubt I'll be staying on todoist without this. Too bad, really--in many ways it's very good.

Michele C
Replied on Aug 13, 2014 - 20:36 UTC

I'm so bummed that this isn't a feature. I'm also coming from another program that implemented this. I used it all the time.

I understand that there are the workarounds but I REALLY don't want to see the tasks at all until I can act on them.

+1 !!!!!!!

Wayne Tranchon
Replied on Aug 13, 2014 - 22:58 UTC

I agree with everyone. The lack of this feature is a show stopper for me. I was planning to have my entire team across North America use this App but not until this is remedied. Not just a start date, but a contingency start date. For example, this task will start once a different task is completed. No use starting a task that isn't ready yet.

Shannon Hush  premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2014 - 23:11 UTC

Totally agree with Wayne. I paid for the app, but not committing to it in the future unless this change occurs in the same as Wayne explained it.

Fraser Robertson
Replied on Aug 14, 2014 - 15:28 UTC

Start date is a big one for me too. I use my ToDo list as a work plan for the day and if there is a task that will take multiple days to complete I want to see it in the today view each day up until it's due date at which point it needs to show up as overdue

Kriston Rucker  premium
Replied on Aug 18, 2014 - 14:51 UTC

Ditto all the above!

Replied on Aug 20, 2014 - 22:24 UTC


Was about to pay, when i found out it doesn't support start dates…

HUGE disappointment

hj3604  premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2014 - 00:12 UTC

Definitely need this feature. it's crucial for project managers to be able to set a period(start / end date) of the tasks

Dave Smith
Replied on Aug 22, 2014 - 02:08 UTC

Can't go across town til you've gone across the street, this is critical. We have multiple tasks lasting multiple days, all on CPM critical path method...meaning can't do the next task until this one is done.

Don't sit around and whine, stop paying and drop back to free version til dev team implements this, or move on, other choices are out there.

Replied on Aug 22, 2014 - 08:03 UTC

Problem is other choices have their major issues too…

And what's very frustrating is that every softer house is sort of stubbornly attached to some, let me say, religious credo on something (super useful and that everyone is asking for) they won't even consider implementing

See Omnigroup and their stupid single context issue on Omnifocus…

I hope that's not the same case here, i'd really love to give Todoist a try

Christopher Bosse
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 01:04 UTC

I would also like to see start dates!

Ian Reid  premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 07:28 UTC

Selected Todoist over Omnifocus as it is cross platform (Windows at work Mac at home problem) so would also like to see start (deferral) dates. As well as start consider "Chase" dates the same as in Meeting Gold iPad app. This is a great feature for follow with people before the real due date.

Jörg S.  premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 12:53 UTC


Martin Fink
Replied on Sep 01, 2014 - 07:27 UTC

I stop using Todoist. Reason: no start dates and no reaction or commitment from the dev team to work on it. Sad but ok.

Shannon Hush  premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2014 - 09:50 UTC

I also stopped using it. this being one of the reasons and it didn't even work right for me on my Imac and the developers gave up on me so I scraped it. Waste of my money.

Michael E. Rubin
Replied on Sep 04, 2014 - 13:54 UTC

Martin, Shannon -- out of curiosity, what did you start using instead?

Phú Võ-Hoàng
Replied on Sep 14, 2014 - 11:56 UTC

That is a must-have feature (for GTD work-flow). :-(

Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 11:41 UTC

I recently signed up for Todoist premium after trying it for a week. I was really excited about it after coming from Things that is rather dated currently. Unfortunately I just encountered the lack of start dates and I'm really unhappy. The inability to defer a task till a certain start date is infuriating, and clutters the interface. It also makes me want to ask for a refund.

Why not just introduce a 'Deferred' view beneath the active tasks in each project that can be optionally hidden? Deferred tasks are then hidden until the start date when they return to their project.

Currently Todoist is crippled for GTD users...

Replied on Sep 16, 2014 - 12:04 UTC

Having thought about this a little more, I think it would be great if Tasks or Projects had a 'Defer' button. (I think the term 'start date' is a little confusing - we simply want to be able to defer focusing on the task until a point in the future.)

In addition to being able to defer until a specific date, we could alternatively defer until another Project or Task has been marked as completed. This would simply hide the projects/tasks until preceding tasks have been done.

Oliver Naumann
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 08:43 UTC

+1 right, no GTD without Start Dates (or Ticklers if you like)

Burak Arslan  premium
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 11:49 UTC


we use todoist with team to follow up our projects.

Start date is really important for us. We see only due dates with current view. Sometimes we miss some start dates...

Dave Smith
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 14:12 UTC

David Trey (Staff)

Ok there is a HUGE DISCONNECT here....I'm afraid staff simply has a different view as to how to schedule tasks.

Every task on the planet is directly tied to another task that one must finish before another starts.

One cant harvest the fruit until the fruit is mature, the fruit cannot mature if the tree is not grown, the tree does not grow until the seed germinates.

You cant start a new task until enough of the ones in progress are done, how long will the existing tasks take when can I START a new task? When can I tell my client we can start that phase....

Start date and duration is CRITICAL, period.

If you have an existing solution / work around to this PLEASE tell us how to do it in detail.

IF not PLEASE reconsider your your products workflow and implement a feature that address this issue.

Dave Smith
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 14:23 UTC

Research shows this request goes back to August of 2013, there was a vote box to vote for what was most important, that vote box has been closed.

How do we know if we want to keep hoping you may address this. Your product is pretty good but it is bitter sweet....

Unfortunately I Love to Hate this product, not what I would want my clients to feel about the service I provide.

Carol Rose
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 14:45 UTC

I, too, would really like to have the ability to assign a start date. I develop processes and would like to see in real time, how long they take vs. what they were expected to take.

+1, please!

Dave Smith
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 15:06 UTC

Exactly Carol

What I would really love would be a graphical display of the scheduled tasks in progress with % completion and up coming tasks.

But I don't want to over task the staff here, LOL

It goes with out saying, I would gladly pay more for such features.

Helloooo David Trey....looks like many need this feature, and are willing to pay more. ;-)

Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 15:58 UTC

I just cancelled my Premium account as I have moved to OmniFocus 2 which has defer dates, the ability to set sequential or parallel tasks and a brilliant weekly review tool. I am sad to leave Todoist since there is a lot to love - karma productivity tracking, integration with lots of apps, nice clean design, task collaboration - but until they implement these essential features I have to go elsewhere. As a GTD tool it just doesn't do what I want for now.

Michele C
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 16:13 UTC

Yep, I regret paying for a year of premium at once. I went back to Omnifocus 2 also. The drag is that I don't have omnifocus on my android phone. But that's how much I need start dates. I'm willing to put up with that.

Dave Smith
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 16:20 UTC

I will now look into OmniFocus 2. I feel we gave Todoist a fair PAID (to the developers) Beta eval. That's what stings, we paid them to help them develop their product and they don't have the courtesy to monitor the forums and respond, and they drop their vote box..

The saddest thing about all this is 2 individuals I fly with are independent app developers, they say 2-3 head down days of coding would fix this and really integrate a forward looking component to do much more.

This is why I have my suspensions that the development team just doesn't understand the methodology we employ, so the likely hood of this coming to fruition may be quite low.

EL  premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 16:43 UTC

@Michele @Dave

I too, regret paying for premium and not cancelling my subscription before the trial period is over. The votebox gave me hope, even if it was illusory, that the developers are listening to their users. I held on to that hope only to be let down by their steadfast refusal to implement start dates (I only discovered shortly after my trial expired that start dates have been requested for years) and them shutting down the votebox.

I think any self-respecting task manager that demands to be treated seriously needs to have start dates. The developers are either truly misguided in thinking that it’s not important, or they simply don’t care about the serious users. They’d rather spend time developing the game-y aspects of the service (see the recent updates to the karma points system) than improve the fundamentals. I doubt anyone who is serious about getting things done care about karma points. Which goes to show they are really only interested in the ‘wunderlist’ crowd - people with simple tasks, simple responsibilities and care only about gimmicky things they share on social bloody media.

FYI, I'm currently using OF2 as well. It's far from perfect but it gets the job done for the most part, which is what really matters.

Darek Kay  premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 17:13 UTC


All major task management tools share the same weakness - they all have those 1 or 2 highly demanded features that are ignored by their developers. Instead, they are spending time on neat features like improving the karma system (which is nice, don't get me wrong).

I know, you can't please everyone. But you really should listen to the community, and things like this vote box (which I haven't seen myself) are the way to go.

Dave Smith
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 17:31 UTC

Maybe if we vectored our precious time to the Omnifocus team they may listen to remedying deficiencies on that application and construct a better product for all.

The vote box was here http://todoist.com/Vote/show/6505/ maybe filling it up too fast crashed the system LOL !

We can only keep trying here too, Todoist is close....just seems to have peanut butter in their ears :-)

Trish Putnam
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 18:50 UTC

Well, given that they aren't even willing to do the simple things like tell us what they just fixed (for the third time this week) or what they are working on right now (that shouldn't be hard, right?) let alone have even a basic high level roadmap or public backlog, I've come to the conclusion this company is unprofessional and not ready for anything resembling business customers.

I, too, regret that I stuck around rather than canceling within 30 days. The fact that they decided that Karma was worthy of work before the clear and obvious needs of their customers that were called lot time and again in this forum has marked the end for me.

There's much I really like about this product, and I was willing to wait for some of the things I need if there was any evidence that it was in the plan, but their decision to add to what is essentially a fun motivation toy and ignore fixing things which are actually critical path for a professional finished it for me. I'll be (painfully!!) missing my data into a different tool that I can rely on.

Darek Kay  premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 19:35 UTC

I've got a Deja Vu, every time I try out a new task manager. I switched to NirvanaHQ, loved the tool, until I realized that the support didn't answer a single ticket for months. So I moved to Doit.im, loved the tool and was happy to see that support answering tickets withing 1-2 days. Until I've found out, that they withold a backup/export feature on purpose (and how can a system be trustworthy, if I cannot backup my own data?). So I moved here after getting a free 6 month subscription. Again, I really liked it so far, and the support answers tickets within hours. But again, there are two features that are important for my workflow: a real time gcal synchronization (which they are planning to do) and this one here (deferring tasks). I understand that intergration with other services is not a real must for a task manager, but deferring tasks is an absolute must.

I'll stick around until my subscription ends, but if they keep their focus on sharing karma points on twitter instead of essential task management features, then I won't renew my membership..

Joe Luppino-Esposito  premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 22:03 UTC


Replied on Oct 11, 2014 - 04:13 UTC

There really needs to be a table somewhere that compares the specific feature sets of all the main GTD solutions. Maybe on Wikipedia? I keep encountering apps that I like before discovering a week or so into using them that they are missing a key feature that I used in their competitors app.

Does anybody want to help me create one?

Christopher Bosse
Replied on Oct 11, 2014 - 04:28 UTC

Canceling my premium subscription. The biggest issues for me are the complete lack of documentation of updates or changes and the now complete lack of communication from the developer on big issues like start dates.

I've switched to Doit.im and love it. Plus they just rolled out Evernote integration today!

Dave Smith
Replied on Oct 11, 2014 - 17:03 UTC

Going out on a limb here....I'm going to give credit to the Todoist developers for not taking down this string which is bashing their product and allowing us to discuss competitors offerings. Don't know how much longer it will last, BUT...if they are not going to provide what we need, it's kind of them to let us help ourselves and share thoughts.

Couple friends suggested a different search term "Project Management", BOOM !! The apps are the types they used before retiring....both before 45 years old, creating apps for mobile devices. Their advice was look at everything, if the app is geared toward construction it's crazy how well it works for software development, forget the labels, find what works for you.

Loads of different apps appearing to be geared more toward the professional "Mover and Shaker" type professional, the get it done cuz I got something more fun to do when I finish, you know ....like a bank deposit :-)

These things have everything we are looking for...maybe not all in one package but some even have Gantt charts, YEPPER "Start Daeeeete" ^_^

Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 02:34 UTC

The only reason I do not use this service is lack of start date support

Harald Martin Aarbogh
Replied on Oct 14, 2014 - 19:41 UTC


Ann Van Roy  premium
Replied on Oct 19, 2014 - 12:21 UTC

+1 (+11111111)

David McKenzie
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 17:19 UTC

I'm a long-time Toodledo user, and was considering jumping ship to Todoist because I like the interface. I'm just glad I found this thread before I paid (which I was about to!), because this is a showstopper for me too.

I have a lot of one-off tasks that I can't start until a certain date, so I don't want them cluttering up my to-do list in the meantime.

I'm reluctantly sticking with Toodledo for now.

Joe Luppino-Esposito  premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 19:27 UTC

Ditto on that point! Toodledo is better suited for GTD, but Todoist has a better interface, apps, widgets, etc. As a recent convert to Todoist, that's a tough adjustment for me, too.

Thomas Seidl  premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 20:23 UTC

Having only read the first 30 posts or so, let me add that in my understanding, the date in Todoist actually is a starting date, at least I use it as such: Tasks appear only if there starting date has come (today or within the next seven days, whatever you select).

Some posts refer to Michael Linenbergers "Master Your Workday Now" (or One-Minute-To-Do-List). It is particularly he who recommends using a system's date as the starting date, and to encode due dates in the task's subject, if needed.

Christopher Bosse
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 03:58 UTC

Hey everybody! I decided to search the help forum to see if there were any other replies to "Start Date" requests since we have stopped getting replies here. I'm happy to report I found one and I'm excited about what I found! Here's the reply:

David Trey STAFF
Replied on Oct 24, 2014 - 21:47 UTC
Hello John,

We're currently working on rewriting our date parser which, once done, will allow us to add more date formats incl. start dates or "from to", "starting until" types of dates. Though, as always, we can't say when it will be done, we'll work on it until it all works correctly


Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 09:09 UTC

That would be great if it comes true!
Where did you find that?

Ann Van Roy  premium
Replied on Nov 03, 2014 - 09:22 UTC

You can find that reply in this discussion (in the 'Mac department')

Mike Fish
Replied on Nov 25, 2014 - 16:12 UTC

Wondering when Start Date will be implemented. I've been waiting for over 1 year on this.

markus karlseder  premium
Replied on Nov 25, 2014 - 19:56 UTC

please please I miss that start date from omnifocus and do.it so much, as I probably have to switch back, because having ALL tasks in my list even tho I cant deal with them just stresses too much.


Michael E. Rubin
Replied on Nov 27, 2014 - 17:57 UTC

Hi folks,

If you're looking for the Start Date functionality, I would recommend checking out Toodledo. It's both an online/offline app and syncs across multiple devices. It also syncs with Outlook quite nicely via the third-party gSyncit app, so it works well in a corporate environment (that's how I use it).

There's a free version, but if you're a Premium user looking to switch, there is an account that matches the $29.95 annual cost Todoist is charging.

And it probably goes without saying, but their tech support responds to inquiries and the developers have gone above and beyond to work with GTD, Michael Linenberger, and other productivity methodologies. I know this is a foreign concept to the Todoist team, but they actually listen to their customers.

At your service,

Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Toodledo except for being an extremely satisfied customer and a very dissatisfied ex-Todoist Premium customer.


Thomas Seidl  premium
Replied on Nov 27, 2014 - 19:04 UTC

Hi all,

I like Toodledo (timer, export, etc.) but I really miss a hierarchical structure for projects there. In Todoist on the other hand I like this structure, and I appreciate the nice interface and the broad availabilty.

My background: I have used Toodledo and completed 992 tasks in 1.3 years. Six months ago I switched to Todoist and completed some 1.020 tasks from 60 projects so far. I use Todoist's date field as start date which works quite fine for me. With Linenberger's 1MTD I had pulled a big backlog of old tasks in Toodledo, now I'm pushing a big "forward-log" in front of me in Todoist, urged by the Karma system to reschedule old tasks. This is not bad in principle, but I am not yet decided which method I'm more convinced of.


Greg Boland
Replied on Nov 27, 2014 - 19:13 UTC

Specially considering that tough competition from Google Keep is round the

David Humble-White  premium
Replied on Nov 28, 2014 - 16:07 UTC

Darek Kay put's it perfectly upthread:

"I'll stick around until my subscription ends, but if they keep their focus on sharing karma points on twitter instead of essential task management features, then I won't renew my membership.."

This. A thousand times.

I'm an Omnifocus refugee (having had to go back to a windows PC at work) and the cross-platform goodness of Todoist is just brilliant (especially the superb Outlook plugin).

But there's always a 'but', isn't there. And with this it was that heart sinking "OH..." moment when I realized it didn't support Start Dates.

I'll stick with it for now. Cross-platform *is* the way to go. But if Todoist really want to steal market share from Omnigroup and Cultured Code, then they're going to have to have the features *and* the compatibility.

It's worth doing in my opinion Todoist - if you're listening - look at what Omnifocus and Things users are prepared to pay for those products. You could have a slice of that pie....

Trish Putnam
Replied on Nov 28, 2014 - 16:41 UTC

Hear, hear.

Karma is a cute feature and a differentiator, but it should never come at the expense of features actually required for productivity.

I'm already back to reassessing the available alternatives. There is much to like about Todoist, but there are currently too many missing features that block me from being fully able to rely on the system, and the responsiveness of the staff isn't really enough when the team refuses to provide any guidance on when or even if these critical features might be on the roadmap.

Derviš T.  premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 03:53 UTC

@Thomas Seidl, +1.

I for one consider having "start date" in Todoist absolutely unnecessary and redundant. Why? First, because if there's both a start date and an end date set for a task, what you basically have here is just a sequence of daily repeating tasks, which Todoist already supports, as David explained earlier. And even if we ignore that, Todoist's currently available "due date" is perfectly fine to mark "due date to begin" as it is fit to mark "due date to finish".

1. If I need a "start date" to mark the beginning date for a project – I'll just put the "due date" on the first task of the project to get reminded when it's "due to start". At this point, "due date to finish" the task/project is completely irrelevant. I can mark it though in the title of the task or add a note for later reference when the project actually starts; up to that point, it's meaningless.

2. On the day on which the project is "due to start" (when I find the task with due date from point 1 in my "Today" box), it's time to get things rolling, define a plan of action, and specify at least 2 or 3 next actions. At this point, I can use "due date" again, this time to mark, e.g., the date when a task is "due to end". I mean, I don't need "start date" anymore since the project has just started.

I usually combine the above with labels and filters to further refine what gets displayed and when, so nothing gets past unnoticed, nor the tasks that aren't due for processing get mixed with those that are, wasting my time and energy.

Trish Putnam
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 04:37 UTC

That may work for your approach. That does not mean it works for everyone. Personally, I prefer to have the ability to explicitly set both start and due dates on my tasks, especially since we also do not have the ability to set dependencies. I can force pseudo dependency by setting the start date of the second task relative to the end date of the first task (ex. First task ends on 2 December, I could set the second task to start on 3 December).

It would be lovely to set a task that occurs over a series of days as a recurring task, but oh, there's that pesky problem that we can't set an end date for a recurring series. Instead, we must remember when the series is supposed to end so we can use a key combo to end the series manually.

I don't know about you, but if I wanted to keep all that kind of thing in my head, I wouldn't bother using a task management system (or a calendar, for that matter!) If you subscribe to the GTD method of task management, the idea is to get all that stuff into your trusted system and out of your head!

So, great if it works for you, but kindly don't lecture the rest of us who are using a different methodology as if your way was the only logical way. It isn't.

Michele C
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 04:53 UTC

If we use the method of using the due date as a start date to trigger starting the task, doesn't that mean it still shows up? If I were to look at my tasks by label, the task would still show up even though I wouldn't be able to act on it.

The reason I want a true start date is so that I won't even see a task I have no intention on starting yet.

Derviš T.  premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 06:29 UTC

@Trish, it wasn't a lecture, really. There have been some nice comments and ideas in this thread, so I thought I'd throw my two cents, even if opposite to views of others, on one possible approach to the problem, maybe someone finds it useful.

@Michele, tasks must show up somewhere, hiding them completely would be a bad idea. I personally would want to be able to see all my tasks in their respective projects, no matter if they're due already or not.

But, to help you refine what you see and when, labels and filters are great. If you use labels, a simple solution might be not to label at all those tasks which begin in the future. Wait until they are due to start (i.e., they show up in Today box or the reminder you set earlier goes off), and then process them and give them labels. Or you can set a specific label only for future tasks, if you prefer to have everything labelled, so if you need to review them before they're due, you can find them easily; though it might be more effective to define a filter which will show, e.g., only tasks which are over due or due today (if you want to exclude future tasks) or another filter which shows tasks due tomorrow and later (if you want to see only future tasks) or a filter which shows tasks without a date... Any combination of labels, due dates, priorities etc. is possible, which you can adapt to your own way of managing tasks.

Joseph Yang  premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 06:45 UTC

+1 for better start dates and dependencies.

and -1000 for the Karma. Literally zero use for that stuff. The only time I use that is to get to the link to see completed tasks--not how many i've completed, but rather to make sure I did something or to see the notes from a completed task. (That could use some updating to. Too many clicks to see completed tasks in a project. Would be great if that was a button available in each project to see all the tasks completed in the last x time and with y labels. Thx!)

Emil Bryggare  premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 12:25 UTC

+1 for better start dates. Migrated from OmniFocus and this is something I'm missing.

Helmut Sins
Replied on Dec 07, 2014 - 13:33 UTC


F  premium
Replied on Dec 23, 2014 - 21:55 UTC

+1 for star dates, really missing this feature

Matt Derocher  premium
Replied on Jan 01, 2015 - 00:05 UTC

I absolutely agree. Setting a start date is a really important feature that should be included.

Gary Silver  premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2015 - 14:13 UTC


Piotrek  premium
Replied on Jan 10, 2015 - 23:46 UTC


Ian Goldman
Replied on Jan 11, 2015 - 13:51 UTC


Martin  premium
Replied on Jan 11, 2015 - 20:29 UTC


Brad McCormick
Replied on Jan 12, 2015 - 23:38 UTC

+1. David Sparks preaches the virtues of start dates on Mac Power Users so much, it's hard not to consider this an essential feature. Want to dump OmniFocus for something with at least lightweight collaboration, but I will miss start dates.

Joseph Yang  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 00:09 UTC

+1 yeah, @brad, same here. But I miss start dates so much, I'm seriously thinking about going back to OmniFocus. I can't get an accurate picture of my work because of all the future events cluttering everything.

Michele C
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 00:15 UTC

Me too. I tried making a separate project for future stuff. But it's a clunky work around. And resent it.

Paul Pehrson  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 01:24 UTC

Is support even reading this thread? I haven't seen any replies from them for a while.

I'm a HUGE +1 for task dependencies. I work with many projects that have a series of tasks that must be completed. They are sequenced tasks and one can't be done until the previous step is completed. (Think: publishing a book. The task to edit the book is dependent on the task to write the book. The task to send to publisher is dependent on the task to edit the book. And so on.)

I'd like to be able to create templates of tasks with dependencies. These represent "projects" of tasks. My template projects would have all the dependencies worked out, and I could just start a new 'project.'

There is no need to show me the tasks I can't do yet because the blocking task isn't done. You can hide them with the same type of filter that you use for "today". In this case there is a "today - filtered" and a "today - all" (Not the names you'd use, but the idea is there.) So I can see all tasks if I want, but when I'm in my main working mode, I only see those tasks that I can actually do, not the stuff I can't do yet because I haven't finished the blocking task.

Ideally, I'd create the first task in the sequence and give it a duration (5 days). Then I'd create a second task in the sequence, link it to the first task, and say 5 days after completion of blocking task.

I've loved Todoist, but I'm going to be looking for another platform, because (1) this feature is very important to me, and (2) because it doesn't look like support even cares about this feature, as evidenced by their complete lack of response to this specific thread.

Paul Pehrson  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 01:29 UTC

And by 'complete lack of response' I mean that this has been a very active thread, and the last staff response was 9 months ago and there have been more than EIGHTY FIVE posts to this thread since there was any kind of staff response. Yes, they responded early in this thread, but have been silent while dozens and dozens of customers have been begging for this feature, and for a discussion on it with the staff.

Toss us a bone! Let us know that you are listening, because it feels like you're ignoring us completely on this issue, which is really, really poor customer service. :-(

Derviš T.  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 11:05 UTC

@Paul, I disagree, I think customer service is really good, they answer every question and really fast in most cases. Also, they said that they are not working on this feature at the moment but they will consider it in the future. No point in repeating it every now and then.

I also understand their reluctance to implement every feature they're asked for (it's been years since people asked for Evernote integration, for example). The beauty of Todoist is in its simplicity. It's a general list manager, not following any particular "productivity" method, and can be adapted to many ways people manage their tasks (e.g. GTD is really easy with Todoist). But the moment devs start to fill it up with this feature, that feature, they know it will end up being a bloated mess and not easy to use to many people anymore.

I find your example interesting, because I work with books (typography is my passion). :-) Some people managed to create dependent tasks you described using scripts, but for web version only. What I personally do is to use filters to show current tasks, and hide future ones. E.g., I'd create a project, "Book A", add to it all main phases as tasks, e.g. "editing", "typesetting", "proofreading" etc. Now, I'd use priorities to mark the phases: the one I'm working on = p1 (I created a filter "Focus" which shows p1 tasks, today tasks and overdue tasks), p2 is for next actions (filter "Next Actions" which shows p2 tasks), p3 is for read/review (filter "Read/Review" which shows p3 tasks) etc. Then I'd assign, e.g., p1 to "editing" task, and p2 to "typesetting". I wouldn't mark "proofreading" and other phases yet. This way, I'd have moved all those future phases out of sight for the moment (I watch closely only tasks shown by filters during the work day and go to Projects only when I finish the task(s) at hand and plan what to do next, usually at night or in the morning, when I decide which tasks go to "next", i.e., which tasks get a p2). Also, if I need time frames, I'd use due dates, notes, and reminders (being able to have more than one reminder is really a great feature). Now, this isn't automatic process, it is GTD biased, and works only for those who don't use priorities for other purposes, but it is one way, an example, how to deal with future tasks. I agree that start dates would be useful for some people (and particularly end dates, as Trish demonstrated earlier). However, we shouldn't forget that Todoist isn't a full blown project manager, nor it aspires to be. Thus, we must use workarounds every now and then. There is a lot of room for creativity, though...

Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 13:52 UTC

@Derviš T. i definitely agree with you about keeping it simple
A simple and clean software means you're not distracted by its cluttered interface (one of the major issues i've always had with Omnifocus…)

BUT at the same time i find there are aspects that are just too tightly connected to the very nature of tasks that a task management software should definitely implement them

Tasks almost always have a start date and a due date, and most tasks are dependent each other…

Those are not cool features, but reflect the everyday reality of tasks
For your everyday use

Wouldn't say the same about an Evernote integration (your example), that's a cool feature, but not essential to tasks

Also, start dates are sort of staples of a GTD system, so i don't think GTD is easy with Todoist

Paul Pehrson  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 15:57 UTC

@Derviš, Thanks for that perspective. I think that Support is usually quite good at responding to the community, which is why I find the silence on this issue oddly deafening. You have a good methodology, however, to work around it. I hadn't thought about using priorities that way. There is a fine line between project management and task management, isn't there. :) Maybe what I am asking for is more along the project management side of the line.

wickenden  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 18:01 UTC

The need for a start date has to do with visibility. I want to look at today and not see tasks that I can't begin to work on until some other condition has been met. I need a due date to communicate the deadline for the task to be completed.

Paul Pehrson  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 19:49 UTC

@wickenden - Yes. That. Which is why it would be nice if the task were dependent on another task to be completed, but I could live with a start date as well.

Sarah  premium
Replied on Jan 23, 2015 - 05:55 UTC

Yes, we definitely need a way to defer tasks until a certain date!

Kristian Rönn
Replied on Jan 28, 2015 - 11:39 UTC


iswalker  premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 19:25 UTC

+1. I don't want to see some things until a certain date please :-)

Niels Kobschätzki  premium
Replied on Feb 26, 2015 - 07:32 UTC


Richard Abbott
Replied on Mar 04, 2015 - 16:08 UTC

I dropped my subscription to todoist because it didn't support start dates. Sorry, but seeing all my future tasks makes it pretty limiting. The whole point of scheduling tasks is so I don't have to think about everything I'll ever do in the future.

wickenden  premium
Replied on Mar 04, 2015 - 16:28 UTC

Another vote here. Don't want to drop my subscription but sooner or later someone will give me what I want.

Robert Adams  premium
Replied on Mar 06, 2015 - 14:36 UTC

Having starting dates would be extremely useful, but I think I have a possible workaround that doesn't clutter up the views.

I use GTD, and I only use the Todoist inbox as a GTD inbox (a staging area for incoming tasks). Instead, Next Actions are marked as priority 2. Actions that I HAVE to get done today are marked as priority 1. I then have a custom filter called "Next Actions" that selects "p1,p2". So now my Next Actions list are only those items I've prioritized as such. My Next Actions filter is also my "Start Page".

Every morning I review my Today list to find items that are due, but have no priority. I mark them "p1" so they show up in my Next Actions list, and priority 1 means I HAVE to do them today.

If it's a recurring event (like taking out the trash) and I've marked it as done, I simply change the priority to p4 and it disappears from the Next Actions.

It's a little burdensome, but until start dates are implemented, this works for me.

Kim Negaard  premium
Replied on Mar 09, 2015 - 16:57 UTC

+ 1

Marc Pfander  premium
Replied on Mar 11, 2015 - 14:48 UTC

Every now and then I consider changing to another app, because I miss a start date. Eventually it might happen, if this feature isn't included.

Andrei  premium
Replied on Mar 11, 2015 - 18:02 UTC


Jesper Philipp  premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2015 - 09:05 UTC

Agree to all the above. Will stop my premium account and are already back with ToDo by Appigo that have start date. Loved all the integrations to other platforms and apps, and will probably be back when the start date issue is developed. But until then...

Daryl Riggins  premium
Replied on Mar 16, 2015 - 12:40 UTC


Ander  premium
Replied on Mar 18, 2015 - 08:37 UTC


Iain Hadgraft  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 08:55 UTC


Stacy Doran  premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2015 - 03:07 UTC


Andrei  premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2015 - 03:34 UTC


Flo C
Replied on Mar 31, 2015 - 08:27 UTC

I put a +1 even though when I see the starting date of this subject, I don't believe it will be ever be implemented... but nothing ventured nothing gained ;-)

Dragan Ruzic  premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2015 - 09:08 UTC

Thanks Robert Adams for the great workaround, I used to set labels "NA" to tasks but this looks better, will try.

As about moving to Apigo's ToDo, no thanks.
It's ugly as Hell, and slow as a snail (web option), a friend wanted some help with creating a good structure in ToDo.... within 20 mins he was hooked on Todoist.

gdoornink  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 05:51 UTC

I have a system using filters and labels that might help some people. You need to have premium and it's not exactly a start day, but it has a similar effect.

Step 1: Create labels indicating how long before the due date you would like a task to appear (e.g. "3daytask", "1weektask", "2weektask", etc)

Step 2: Create a filter that shows looks X amount of days in the future for tasks with the appropriate label (e.g. "(3 days & @3daytask) | (7 days & @1weektask)..." and so forth)

Once you have done this, a task labeled @1weektask due on 4/10/2015 will show up in this filter on, and not before, 4/3/2015.

Also... +1

Andrei  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 07:04 UTC

+1 start date

Vanessa Medeiros  premium
Replied on Apr 02, 2015 - 17:28 UTC


jihard77  premium
Replied on Apr 02, 2015 - 23:27 UTC


Chris Lord  premium
Replied on Apr 04, 2015 - 11:24 UTC

I set start dates as due dates with priority 2 with the real due date in brackets in the text, e.g. "Buy kangaroo paint (due 18/4) April 1st p2". I use filters to find these (today, p2) and then reset the real due date.
Works, but what a pain! I had to go to todoist from things as my workplace gave me a pc, and overall it's fine, but to claim it's gtd-friendly with no start dates is mad.

Derviš T.  premium
Replied on Apr 04, 2015 - 15:10 UTC

@Chris Lord, call me mad, but I find it perfectly GTD-friendly. Even friendlier than David Allen's little notebook: https://youtu.be/g0fVLILT5Tg?t=1440 :-) Start dates will not change a lot for GTDers, but they will be very useful for people following other methods for managing their times. And you know you have to have a calendar for GTD, right? Anyway, judging from recent developments (Todoist 10 for iOS), I guess we will see start dates soon on Android and other platfroms too.

Chris Lord  premium
Replied on Apr 04, 2015 - 17:23 UTC

I guess I'm too used to Things, when I could hide tasks until I wanted them to appear - fair enough about GTD. I'd love to have them back though, and not just on recurring events.

Paweł Łyczkowski
Replied on Apr 06, 2015 - 08:53 UTC


Peter Laszlo  premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 13:27 UTC


David Varnum  premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 21:02 UTC


Pat Nims  premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 23:56 UTC


Piotr  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 08:03 UTC


ToDoer  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2015 - 08:44 UTC


Jeff  premium
Replied on Apr 20, 2015 - 10:54 UTC

I thought start dates would come with the last renewal. Although for the people at Todoist they did so, for me they didn't.

What we want is simple:

When we filter tasks by category, let's say for example: @out, then we don't want to see the birthday present that we want to buy for our mums eleven months from now.

Andrei  premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 05:10 UTC


Benjamin  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Yet another thread in which the Todoist team pretend not to understand what start dates are and then, when forced to answer the question of why they don't exist in Todoist, promise that they're looking into implementing them.


Jeff  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 08:54 UTC


The people at Todoist were announcing that they were working on the implementation of start dates which is of course an essential GTD function. I was really disappointed when I found out that they had been working on something that for them are start dates but for a GTDer obviously aren't.

Omnifocus is obviously the best alternative. However I stayed with Todoist because of the UI, better sync, multiplatform functionality and ... I thought they were going to implement start dates!

Now I'm kind of lost. I'm still seeing for example every day the birthday present that I want to buy for my mum eleven months from now. This way tasks like that occupy automatically a place in my psyche every day. That is really not productive and goes against every basic GTD rule.

Should I pray for the day that the people at Todoist want to understand what start dates mean for a GTDer and are willing to work on it or should I move on?

Benjamin  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 09:18 UTC

It's frustrating, isn't it.
I'm tempted to thin that Todoist simply *must* implement start dates at some point, as the lack of the facility seems to be the main thing that stops people using it. But then again, people have been griping for so long and Todoist has been so persistently evasive that maybe that's just not going to happen.
Omnifocus probably is the best alternative, but the problem I have with it is that it's almost too sophisticated such that I find I never quite *trust* my system with it and things sometimes fall between the cracks. That's probably my shortcoming.
The Hit List could be a great contender for me if it had an iPad version, which it doesn't. It's smart filters are, like Todoist's, something that Omnifocus's perspectives can't beat.
But then the sharing of Todoist is a big selling point.
I don't know. I may try using the "due date" as a "start date" and then use tags to indicate an actual deadline somehow. It's horrible to have to do something like that, but might be worth ago. Hmmmph...

Derviš T.  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 09:30 UTC

@Jeff, one of the "basic GTD rules" which David Allen clearly points out is that things like your mum's birthday should go into a calendar. Every appointment and meeting goes into a calendar too. So, stating that Todoist's displaying your mum's birthday all the time is against every basic GTD rule is actually your mistake, not app's.

If you're following GTD methodology and have problems with start dates in todoist, then you're probably doing something wrong. :-) Or you're not using Todoist's features fully. I mean, for your mum's birthday you should have a Tickler entry, and that entry should be hidden indeed, which is so easily done in Todoist. Here's a hint: use filters to display next actions, read/review, waiting for's and tickler file. Since there is no such thing as task priorities in GTD, you can use Todoist's priorities for other purposes, e.g., p1 to mark very important tasks which should be done immediately, p2 for next actions, p3 for read/review etc. Use "projects" as repositories only to be filtered further, not the place where you look for tasks all the time. Create a project named "Misc." or "One-time actions" or whatever, for all one-time tasks, and place there every task which doesn't go into a specific project, mark those tasks with a priority (if it's a next action, read/review) or a date (if it's a candidate for tickler), and monitor everything in filters. You can have one filter for Tickler (e.g. 365 days, or 3650 days, to display all future tasks), or you can create a lot of them (for next 2, 3, 15, 30 days). Use "labels" for "contexts" and assign contexts to "next action" tasks only. Use "due dates" as "start dates" (in task's title or note mark the end date for future reference), and when you start working on the task which is due to start, you can mark it as "next action" and reuse "due date" again, this time as real "due date".

Now, as I said earlier, start dates will certainly benefit people who don't use GTD, but for GTDers out there who use Todoist, start dates are superfluous.

Jeff  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 09:33 UTC


Mike Vardy wrote an article on the (painful) workarounds for the lack of start dates. In case you missed it: http://productivityist.com/todoist-start-dates/

I am using the 'due dates' of Todoist as 'do dates'. I plan my days and sometimes weeks ahead and fill them with little tasks that can be started and ended whitin one day. If a task takes too long to handle it within one day, then I will cut it into smaller pieces so that it always can be started and ended the same day. Cutting bigger tasks in smaller pieces works also very well against procrastinating and it helps you to plan your projects and convert them into actionable tasks, so this workflow works fine for me.

The problem is however the appearance of future tasks that you just don't want to see yet. Seeing al thee future tasks everywhere makes me kind of dizzy. Not productive at all!


Jeff  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 09:48 UTC

@Derviš T.

I use my calendar for appointments only. I don't want to put a task on my calendar that can be done at anytime that day or even the next day. For me (and many others) to buy a birthday present for your mum is a task that I don't want to see until I can take action on it.

What you describe are workarounds. Maybe they work for geeks, but I want to keep things simple. I think start dates are so important that they should be available as a standard functionality within Todoist.

If I'm in the shopping mall, I use to check the category @out for example. The amount of future tasks that pop up where I can't take any action on yet, is really overwhelming.

Derviš T.  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 09:57 UTC


You should keep in mind that Todoist is *not* a dedicated GTD app, but rather a general task manager, so expecting it to conform to anything GTD-specific is unrealistic. Thus one needs a system/workaround. The point is, the function of start dates is achievable with a little bit of planning and work.

If you create a filter "Out" with, e.g., "today & @out" or "7 days & @out", and check the filter instead of the label, you won't have that "overwhelming" problem of yours. ;-)

Jeff  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 10:20 UTC

@Derviš T.,

I understand your point of view. However if you want to solve the issue of lack of start dates not by creating them, but with the use of filters, Then I would ask Todoist to develop a today / 7 days / this year etc. filter within the labels (categories) and also within the projects.

At this moment, with the workaround that you describe above, I would not only have to create a filter for every label but also for every project. More than 50 filters at least. I want to be productive I don't want to do productive!

But thanks for your suggestions. I think that I will at least create the filter you suggested.

David Humble-White  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 10:22 UTC

@Benjamin and @Jeff

"One word: OMNIFOCUS"

The thing that baffles me most when I hear Omnifocus and/or Things mentioned in these threads, is the apparent reluctance of the Todoist team to take a slice of The Omni Group and Cultured Code's sweet revenue pie.

The elephant in the room here is monetisation.

Omnifocus cost me around £60 on the mac; I paid it. Then it cost me £13.99 for the iPhone version; I paid that. Then I paid £13.99 AGAIN when V2 came out. Then it cost £27.99 for the iPad; I paid. Then Things cost me £39.99 on the Mac; I paid up. Then I paid £6.99 for the iPhone version. They wanted £13.99 for the iPad version; yep, you guessed it - I paid up.

I make that just under £177. At the current price, that's just shy of 10 YEARS of premium Todoist.

I would have thought that was the kind of customer Todoist would want to attract. There are, I suspect, many more of me out there. I've paid my £18 for a year's premium. It expires in December, then that's it. I've already moved on (or rather, back - to Omnifocus).

I've said this before: Todoist is vastly superior to Omnifocus and Things for one simple reason: cross platform. The competition's Achilles heel is their slavish devotion to the mac. Todoist could listen to the Omnifocus and Things customers who are saddled with PCs at work, or who just don't want to be shackled to iOS, give them what they want, and make an absolute killing.

All you have to do is implement it in a way that isn't detrimental to the people who aren't interested in it, everyone is happy, and the money rolls in.

Jeff  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 10:27 UTC

@David Humble-White and @Benjamin,

I took a look at Omnifocus, I like it, but it has a learning curve while I'm already quite comfortable with the Todoist UI.

If only Todoist would implement start dates or create a filter as described in my previous post, this world would be such a better place :-) ...

Flo C
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 10:32 UTC

I don't think that's the focus right now or ever if you look at the recent news:
[New!] Todoist for Apple Watch: Coming Soon: https://t.co/x2FgHjGGXu

David Humble-White  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 10:42 UTC

Ahh yes, the Apple Watch. Soon we'll have the ability to view long lists of tasks we can't complete yet on our wrists. Can't wait... ;-)

Derviš T.  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 10:42 UTC


Of course, 50 filters would be a huge overkill. :-)

I personally have only one date-related filter: Tickler, which shows all tasks with a date set. I also use Todoist's Today and Next 7 days for more immediate tasks.

Now, what I do *not* do is to assign a label to any task which has a start date (or, at least not those which do not start within next 7 days). When doing weekly review, I review my lists and Tickler filter also, to see what tasks are ready to become next actions or need further refining, and assign proper labels then. This way, there is no clutter and future tasks are displayed only in their project lists and the Tickler filter.

Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 13:54 UTC

I would think the reason they haven't added start dates is one of complexity in an already created application.

Fear of changing foundationally the entire system. It's not as easy as adding a start date.

All the program code where there are dates would require analysis and modification. Certainly should have been thought in its inception. :-/

Andrei  premium
Replied on Apr 29, 2015 - 08:09 UTC


Brian J. McGinnis  premium
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Jonathan  premium
Replied on May 18, 2015 - 18:30 UTC

So for me, a start date would be very useful from a planning perspective. I like todoist, and will probably continue to use it, but having a start AND end date would allow for a task to span across a date duration on the iCal view. Take for example installing software for a client. While the software itself only takes a day, and is due on a specific day, the "project" of installing the software may take longer. I will need to meet with the client, discuss pricing, secure remote connection, and finally install the software. I understand that these can be done by using the "Projects" already built into todoist, however i cannot add dates to the project. When I am trying to schedule work, it would be really nice to have one tool that I can use to plan and execute tasks. So if I can add a start date to either a task and create subtasks below it, or add a start and finish date to a project, I can look at the iCal view and visibly see what my workload is. Overall, I think you guys have created a good product, and like I say, I will probably keep using it, but adding a start date for tasks or projects would make my life easier. Thanks!

adrian  premium
Replied on May 30, 2015 - 19:59 UTC


João Guilherme Peixoto
Replied on May 31, 2015 - 18:11 UTC


Dragan Ruzic  premium
Replied on Jun 08, 2015 - 10:28 UTC

@Jonathan PREMIUM
Replied on May 18, 2015 - 18:30 UTC
Here's a solution for start dates and a usual project follow up in my workflow.

Please see the attached screenshot.

In every Project I have a first task that starts with a * (asterix) and that makes sure the checkbox won't be visible.
In this task I write a short description of the project, whatever needed to get a fast grip on it.

Then, the most important thing is to create a new task (again without a checkbox) that's called "Project steps".
Under that are indented tasks with their deadlines, due dates etc.

The reason for not having a checkbox is that even if I complete all indented tasks, they won't dissapear, which is important for me when looking at the whole of the project.
If you do want to get rid of the completed tasks make sure you hold down the Ctrl key while clicking in the checkbox.

I've saved this little workflow as a template (Premium users only if I remember well) and bring it in as soon as I start a project that's more complex and requires start dates, follow ups etc.

Jonathan  premium
Replied on Jun 08, 2015 - 16:07 UTC

Thanks Dragan! This is certainly helpful, as I wasn't aware that you could create tasks without the box. I have already begun integrating this into some of my templates.

I can still see a need for a start date, mainly for the iCal view. This would mainly be to schedule out future tasks. With the workflow that you listed out, it does improve the process.

Thanks again! (+1)

Joao Freire
Replied on Jun 17, 2015 - 21:15 UTC


Per Tais Nielsen  premium
Replied on Jul 29, 2015 - 12:41 UTC

I also need start date option for tasks ... wouldn't mind having it for projects as well ;-)

Scott Lawrence  premium
Replied on Jul 29, 2015 - 18:49 UTC

Hey guys, just a heads-up, that approach that Dragan posted, while very cool, won't work forever. The "* " prefix has been discontinued as a feature. You may notice if you view those tasks in the iOS or Android apps, the "* " is already not working there--you'll see a checkbox anyway. The Todoist staff have said at various points on this forum that the feature has been discontinued and will at some point stop working the web version as well, along with any other platforms that depend on it, such as the Outlook plugin, etc.

Taras K  premium
Replied on Jul 30, 2015 - 01:00 UTC

Demanding start date option! Very important for the workflow!
Please, guys!

It just doesn't work right without the start dates. Doesn't work for me at all.

Dragan Ruzic  premium
Replied on Jul 30, 2015 - 12:27 UTC

I find the discontinuing of the "non checkbox" feature is also taking away the goods of a visual appear inn a project. I´m using it so much...
But as the time goes and less and less features are there that are pleasing me, I´ve started using the TD as a simple "trigger" for whatever I have listed in my Evernote and needs to be done. THat will say - my tasks are in Evernote Note.

I list the exactly same hierarchy in EN as it used to be in TD, with tasks grouped as I need them (equivalent of the nested tasks in TD, when the non checkbox feature was there) and I link to that Note from Todoist with an optional due date as a start date when I need to get down to work with that project.

This results in less clutter in Todoist if I may be honest, I don´t need to activelly thing of nesting the tasks just so that they don´t dissapear when done. This is quite important for me because I want to be able to get back to what was done in the process of a larger project. TD can show the completed tasks of course but I don´t mind having them visible all the time. The only way I can have that is if I nest the tasks somehow and then the completed ones stay visible (grayed).

I truly, really think that the TD team needs to sit down, fix all the features asked by the TD community and then get on with whatever further development they want. As it is now, it seems they´re playing with their "love projects" and give us fractions of attention, fixing only bugs but not caring about the users wishes. Many, many of the competition apps have these options with start date and I cannot understand why on Earth it´s so difficult to implement it.
And I also think that the great majority of requests are coming from the paying customers, another reason to take them seriously.

Speaking for myself only, I could "buy" the reason why start dates and other features requested are not implemented, but only if the developers explain it in a sincere and argumented blog post or however they want. As it is now, they´re keeping us on our toes, not promising but not rejecting eather... This can´t last forever.

Oh well, I´ll finish off with a "halv joke - halv seriously" quote in Latin:
"Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina (ehm.. Todoist...), patientia nostra?"

Translated - "How long, O Catiline, will you abuse our patience?", more info here:

Replied on Sep 21, 2015 - 06:57 UTC

+1 for the start date option

Reasoning: Reduce visual clutter!

Jonas Marczy  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 14:22 UTC

Build it already.

Kristian Rönn
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 14:49 UTC


Where and how can I access this feature?

Jonas Marczy  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 15:01 UTC

You can't. It doesn't exist. And by the looks of it, never will. I'd recommend swipes app.

Arkady Grudzinsky  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 19:41 UTC

The ability to hide tasks that one cannot work on NOW is essential. Another way to do that is task dependency: to hide a task until another task or a list of tasks is complete. This is fairly basic, but this feature is currently present only in fancy project management software.

Martin  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 19:49 UTC

you could type something like "every day starting oct 10 ending oct 20" in the date box

Arkady Grudzinsky  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 20:06 UTC

Martin, what you describe is to start and end recurrency. The feature requested here is to hide a task until a certain time. E.g. hide "Get lunch" until noon.

wickenden  premium
Replied on Sep 22, 2015 - 22:21 UTC

That doesn't do what we ask for. We don't want to have it shoe until the
start day.
I don't know why this is so hard.

Ashley Hindle  premium
Replied on Oct 05, 2015 - 22:28 UTC