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Due dates! So important, yet so easy to forget.

In Todoist, you can make sure you never miss a thing by adding due dates and/or times to your tasks. You can even create recurring due dates like “Send Mom a birthday card every July 19” and “Take out the recycling every other Wednesday”. 

How to set a due date and time

The easiest way to add a due date on any platform – desktop, mobile, or web – is to simply type it into the task field along with your task name. The smart Quick Add will automatically recognize the date, highlight it, and add it when you save the task.

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You can describe almost any kind of date using natural language  – from a simple “tomorrow at 4pm” to a super specific recurring date like “every 3rd tuesday starting Aug 29 for 6 months”. (You’ll find a list of date formats you can use below.)

Sometimes a date is part of a task name rather than a deadline. For example, for the task “Create monthly report”, “monthly” will automatically be highlighted as a due date. Just click or tap on the word to unhighlight it. You can also turn off automatic date recognition entirely.

You can also open the full task scheduler by clicking or tapping on the calendar icon when adding or editing a task on any platform. From there, you’ll be able to manually pick a date from the calendar, or use any of our handy date shortcuts like Today, Tomorrow, or Next week.

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To add or change the date of an existing task on a phone or tablet, simply swipe from right to left on the task.

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To add or change the date of an existing task on a phone or tablet, simply swipe from right to left on the task.

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Let Smart Schedule help you set realistic deadlines for your tasks.

Some example date formats you can use

These are just a few of the dates and recurring due dates you can add. If you’re unsure if a particular date format will work, just type it into your task name using natural language to describe it. Chances are, Todoist will know what you mean.

One-time due dates

What you type:

What Todoist understands:  

today

Today (tod also works)

tomorrow

Tomorrow (tom also works)

next week

The next Monday by default (this can be changed in your Settings on the web, Mac or Windows–legacy apps)

next month

1st day of the next month

jan 27

Jan 27 (27 jan,  27/1 also works)

01/27/2016

January 27, 2016 (27/01/2016, 2016/01/27, 2016-01-27 also work)

27th

27th day of the current month

mid January

January 15th

end of month

Last day of the current month

today at 10

Today at 10am

tomorrow at 16:00

Tomorrow at 4pm

Fri @ 7pm

Friday at 7pm (Friday @ 7pm, Fri at 7pm, Fri at 19:00 also work)

6pm

Today at 6pm (unless 6pm has passed, in which case tomorrow)

5 days

5 days from today (+5 days also works)

3 weeks

3 weeks from today

2 hours

2 hours from now

 

Recurring due dates

Type this:

To add this due date:

every day

Every day starting from today (daily also works)

every morning

Every day at 9am

every evening

Every day at 7pm

every weekday

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

every monday, friday

Every Monday and Friday (ev monday, friday; every mon, fri; ev mon, fri also work)

every 3 days

Every 3 days starting today

every week

Every week starting today (weekly also works)

every month

Every month starting today (monthly also works)

every 3rd friday

Every 3rd Friday of the month

every 27th

Every 27th of the month (every 27 also works)

every year

Every year starting today (yearly also works)

every jan 27th

Every January 27th

every other monday

Every other Monday starting today


Start and end dates for recurring tasks

Type this:

To add this due date:

every day starting aug 3

Every day starting on August 3 (from aug 3 also works)

every day ending aug 3

Every day starting today and ending on August 3 (until aug 3 also works)

every day for 3 weeks

Every day for the next 3 weeks starting today

every day from 10 May until 20 May

Every day starting May 10th ending May 20th

There are two different kinds of recurring due dates in Todoist: every and every!.

Every: Completing a task set for “every 3 months” will reset the due date for 3 months from the day you created the due date e.g., Jan 10, Apr 10, July 10, etc. Perfect for tasks that must be done on those days, like quarterly reports.

Every!: Completing a task set for “every! 3 months starting Apr 10” will reset the due date for 3 months from the day you completed the task. Great for tasks that must be completed at regular intervals, but not necessarily on a specific day, like “Clean the house”.

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