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Dismissing tasks


This is a small but (at least for me) psychologically important feature: the ability to dismiss a task, as opposed to checking it off. There are some tasks that I have set up to recur on a frequent basis as reminders for good habits (like spending time reading or going to the gym), but I do not get the chance to do them every time they come up. Checking them off without completing them feels like cheating, but I don't want them to linger around and clog my list up either. A single-click dismissal feature would be nice to have.

This feature would be especially important to implement if you were to implement my other suggestion about keeping tallies of recurrently completed tasks.


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Chris G premium
Replied on Dec 07, 2011 - 14:17

I totally agree. I know you can postpone recurring tasks now and they will go to the next occurrence, but I think there is a subtle difference here.

I also think that postponing should push a recurring task to tomorrow like it does with a regular task and resume the pattern, the next time it is complete.

Zbigniew Ledwon premium
Replied on Jan 12, 2012 - 01:58

That's exactly what I would like to use too!

Sarah Elizabeth Grace Morris
Replied on Dec 01, 2012 - 02:17

I was just about to post this exact suggestion!

Jake Gage premium
Replied on Jul 15, 2013 - 12:43

Agreed— there are tasks which I don't want to get "karma" credit for, and don't want to show in summaries of completed tasks, because they haven't been specifically completed. They've been considered, and forgiven.

Postponing such tasks has other problems: they either postpone to another date (do it today), which isn't appropriate for "every other day" tasks; or remain as "overdue." Neither of which is amenable to the psychology of looking at what is to be done today: all the options seem to add "guilt noise," just detracting from addressing the tasks at hand.

Nice request.

mina premium
Replied on Jul 18, 2013 - 15:35

I completely agree. This is driving me nuts. I don't want to check off a task I didn't do, I want to be able to dismiss it or somehow indicate that I didn't do it without it deleting that same task for the next day. It just doesn't feel right to check something off that I didn't do...defeats the whole purpose.

Andy Puest premium
Replied on Jul 19, 2013 - 04:09

agreed; I have already made a a similar suggetsion here: https://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/934/

jacalyn.macfarlane premium
Replied on Sep 10, 2013 - 21:07

I would like to add to this suggestion that you really should be able to set a limit to how many times you dismiss a task before it screams at you to do it NOW! And that limit should be customisable, so that I can postpone going to the gym three times this week, but reading that book 20 times etc. And a counter to see how many times I have already dismissed the task would be necessary too, please

sam hickcox premium
Replied on Oct 04, 2013 - 10:04

Why this isnt implementing already is beyond me. Major oversight, especially with the Karma active. If you are just checking a recurring task every time you dont complete to satisfy the current process, Karma is not giving a true picture of your progress (when most of your tasks are recurring) and its useless.

Alex Bryan premium
Replied on Dec 31, 2013 - 07:11

When you delete a recurring event in Google Calendar, it gives you the options "only this instance," "all following," and "all events in the series." This is nice for when you have a regular weekly meeting that is cancelled due to a holiday, or you're on vacation (or some other random but *legitimate* reason).

I envision the "dismiss" feature working like the "only this instance" feature on Google Calendar, which is basically the current "postpone" feature but without the loss of karma, or worse: the feeling that Todoist thinks you're a slacker (but you're not because you have a legit excuse!). I have many weekly-recurring "prep for meeting" tasks. When my boss cancels a meeting, I either lose or gain undeserved karma by hitting postpone or complete—either cheat the system or be cheated by the system.

Would a "dismiss" button not be easy to add given it's "postpone" without the karma loss?

In case it's a matter of trusting the user to not use it to avoid karma loss... I also have "read" or "go to gym" tasks, but I feel Todoist holds me accountable best if I either postpone or let the task sit overdue until I do it and suffer the consequences of lost karma. Those tasks—to me—are different than, say, a meeting that is cancelled. That said, I don't agree there should be a limit to the number of dismissed tasks.

If the developers have extra time... In the case of holidays/vacations, it would be amazing if Todoist would automatically dismiss recurring tasks while in https://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/1011/ ("vacation mode"). (P.S. I can't wait for this feature! I hope you guys are working on it...).

Sorry for the long post... hope it's at least helpful!

Joanna premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 16:22

I really would like to see that one coming! It's essential for recurring tasks.


1)Taking my kids to Spanish lessons which occur every Tuesday and Thursday. If they were absent (I'm late or they were ill) I would like to mark it as skipped/dismissed/missed/not completed.

2) Taking medicines! Everyday tasks which if you didn't done you can't postpone! Useful if you're taking care of someone (your parents, kids, or disabled partner)

3) Tasks like 'I didn't smoke today' or 'Read for 15 minutes'

You just mustn't mark them as completed or postpone them - that's cheating, that's make karma feature useless.

Later I would like to see some statistics like completed 25 out of 30 this months. I would then be able to:
a) see my real progress without cheating myself
b) if my kids weren't on the Spanish lessons 3 times I can have discount for next month
c) if the medical treatment is not effective I can see it might be my fault as I didn't take the medicines 7 times in a month

For me it doesn't matter what will happen to karma (but logically it should be negative effect) - just please add this feature.

I understand that it's not a best voted feature but this is so honest, pure, righteous that's you just need to add it. So please, don't focus on doing the things right - focus on doing the right things :-)