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AC

Hi,

I'm greatly impressed by the work the Todoist team has done thus far. I'm currently on the one-month trial of Premium, and the usability of the Todoist system is the closest I've seen to what I need.

Unfortunately, there are some issues that worry me. Please let me know if I am not correctly using Todoist, or if there is indeed a lack of a certain function or option:

1. I want to schedule, say, a recurring task at 9am every saturday to begin December 12th, 2015. This functionality greatly helps with my long term planning. Currently, I am unable to make the task start on December 12th, 2015; it always reverts back to a schedule akin to "every saturday @ 9am starting today."

2. I am unable to schedule for the first Saturday of every month. This functionality greatly helps because, say, I want to schedule tasks such as "polish car," "conduct body examination for cancer," or "clean bathtub," all tasks which require a substantial amount of time and can't be done on weekdays, ruling out "every 1st." An alternative is "every 28 days starting saturday," but most months are longer than 28 days and eventually, after a couple years, these maintenance tasks might end up in the middle of the month instead of at the beginning of the month. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but I would prefer to be able to schedule these tasks the way I want to.

As a suggestion, the Todoist team may want to take a look at Mac's Calendar (aka iCal) and how it handles custom recurring tasks for UX inspiration.

Thanks.

Cheers,
Anthony

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David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 12:51 UTC

Hello Anthony,

Both options are available :-)

In the first case, please enter this due date: "every sat @ 9am starting 12. Dec 2015". Now, as I've just tested it, turns out it doesn't work correctly, but it should. I'm passing it to our developers now and we'll look into it. So the date format is correct, but there seems to be a bug with it right now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

In the second case, the correct date format would be "every 1st Sat" (or "ev 1st Saturday").

You can find all recurring date formats on this page: https://todoist.com/Help/DatesTimes


Regards,
David

AC
Anthony Chen premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2014 - 17:24 UTC

Hi David,

Thanks for the prompt reply, and for pointing out the correct date formats. I've tried both and "ev 1st sat" works perfectly; unfortunately the first, "every sat @ 9am starting 12. Dec 2015," does not, as you said, but I trust that the developers will take care of this.

Cheers,
Anthony

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 10:23 UTC

Anthony,

This bug has now been fixed :-)


Regards,
David