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Setting task times vs. reminders

I subscribed today and want to see if my understanding is correct.

When I set a due date and time to a task, that is not the same as setting a reminder. Is that correct?

It would seem so, but if that is the case, what is the purpose of setting a time to a task if it's not going to notify me with just that information?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 17, 2014 - 13:29 UTC


The main purpose of setting a time is to have your tasks scheduled for a certain time. If your task isn't just something you can do at some point in the future, but an actual appointment, then it's useful to know that "Go to a meeting" is due "today at 2pm" and not just "today" at no particular time ;-)

Also, tasks with times always show up at the top of your list in date-based views. As for reminders - it's not entirely true because if you set a default reminder method in Settings -> Reminders on the web, then every time you set a task with a due time, it will get a "30 minutes before" reminder added to it automatically.

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kcooper29  premium
Replied on Mar 17, 2014 - 22:47 UTC

Thanks for the help, David.

Makes sense, like creating an event in a calendar and setting a reminder. I just hadn't made the connection.