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Completed Items do not appear for repeating tasks?


How come repeating tasks are not logged as completed once you complete an instance of them? To put it another way... if I have a task that is set to repeat every Friday, when I complete it on Friday, it recycles and shows me the next time it's due is a week from now... but it never shows as having completed it today (Friday).

I have found this problem to be on Mac & iOS, and I haven't tested any more platforms.

Since recurring tasks are still tasks, it would make sense that completed instances of them be logged, no??

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 18:28 UTC

Hello Jacob,

This is related to the way we store tasks as "objects". Technically, there are two ways to view "completed tasks":

1. If you enter a project, you can click on the circular icon at the bottom and see tasks completed in this project. This is the same list you'll see on iOS and it contains the physical objects/tasks which you can also uncomplete from there and bring them back to the active task list. You will not find recurring tasks there as they, as objects, are not really "gone" when you check them off, only move to the next occurrence unless you hold SHIFT while checking them off in which case such task is "ended" and will no longer occur - that's when it also goes to this list.

2. Only on Mac or the web and any web-based plugins, you can also view the completion "log". To do so (on Mac or the web), click on the Karma score at the top and then go to "View All Completed". Unlike the first option this one acts more like a log rather than a physical "storage" for completed tasks and on this list you will also see all completion events of recurring tasks from all projects, can filter them by project, label, time frame and visualize your productivity.

Best regards,

Jacob Rosenfeld
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 19:12 UTC

okay... I guess if you're going to split the functionality into two pieces and have 'completed tasks' and a 'completed log' then it's confusing when access to those pieces are given in some places and not others... ie, on web, but not on mobile. All I use is mobile, so I wouldn't even have known that his situation existed.

On another note... if you test a recurring task and mark it as completed, the task then shows the next instance of when it's due. if you miss the opportunity to "undo" it, but you need to undo it, do you have to delete the task and recreate it from scratch or is there a way to roll back a recurring task that you accidentally completed?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 19:46 UTC


We're sorry to hear that you find it confusing, we'll look into improving it in the future.

If you complete a recurring task, you can't roll it back by any number of completions, you'll have to edit its due date and save the changes.

Best regards,

Runjiv J. Kapur  premium
Replied on Jun 10, 2014 - 01:57 UTC

Hi David
I would like to bring to your attention, as I have done earlier for your colleague, that a follow up facility needs to be created for tasks that remain unfinished. Presently if I complete a task for the day I check it and my karma get points. However this task is really not finished as it requires a follow up. Since I do not want my karma to get affected I check it as completed whilst the reality is that it is not.
Hence I have to retype the task all over again, something that I may forget to do. But if a follow up facility is provide by todoist then I just press the button and it goes there without much effort from my side.
Please do look at this seriously by putting yourself in the users shoes and experience the frustration to understand what I mean by providing this crucial facility.

Ramon de la Fuente  premium
Replied on Sep 20, 2014 - 14:38 UTC

Why not copy recurring tasks as objects to the "completed list"?

This gives all the expected behavior, like viewing the item in the "completed list" and undoing completion, while still retaining the recurring aspect.