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close task as "not completed"

I would like to be able to "close" a task without completing it, e.g. because something has changed in the project and the task is no longer needed or the task has been delayed for so long that it does no longer make sense.
"Completing" the task doesn't seem right because it was not really completed and I do not want to just delete it, either.

It would then obviously also make sense to be able to report on "closed but not completed" tasks.

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SueBK premium
Replied on May 30, 2013 - 00:16

I'd like to be able to use this feature for repeating tasks. Only then does Karma really make any sense to me. If I set a task to "15 minutes reading" every day, and I mark it as complete, whether I actually do it or not, then Karma is irrelevant. I'd like to be able to mark "complete" (yes, I did it) or "not completed" (no, I skipped it today).

David Trey staff
Replied on May 30, 2013 - 07:21

Hello Sue,

In this case, you can simply right-click on the task and choose "postpone" which means "not completed, moved to tomorrow". This will give you negative Karma points for skipping a task.

Alternatively, you can just leave it overdue and complete it the next day in which case, the uncompleted day will be skipped, but this time you won't get negative Karma as you can have overdue tasks for 3 days.

Best regards,

SueBK premium
Replied on May 30, 2013 - 07:37

Thank you for explaining the postpone. I was looking for a negative impact for not completing repeating tasks.

Chez Prakasam
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 12:20

David, I have set up a recurring task called "Not Smoking" that repeats every 4 hrs. Obviously if I relapse in a 4hr block, I cannot postpone the task. It has to be marked as "not complete" so that I get bad karma.. Your suggestion of postponing or leaving it skipping does not apply here. Please let me know if there is an alternate way.

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 21, 2013 - 13:04

Hello Chez,

Unfortunately, there is no way to add a task due "every 4 hours" into Todoist. The shortest recurrence is "every day".

In this case you could still postpone the task. If you don't smoke the whole day, you check it off. If you do - you postpone it, it will also go to "tomorrow" just as if you'd check it off, but now you'll get bad Karma for postponing it.

Best regards,

Joanna premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 16:25

I already posted my request here: http://todoist.com/Vote/show/6185/

But I'm pasting it here as well as this topic is about the same function and I really, really need this feature:

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 :-)