Set a recurring due date

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Sometimes, you need to work on a task more than once. Instead of creating multiple tasks, simply add a recurring due date to your task and it will repeat as often as you’d like.

How to set a recurring due date

You can add a recurring due date on any platform – desktop, mobile, or web – by typing it into the task field along with your task name. The smart Quick Add will automatically recognize the recurring date, highlight it, and add it when you save the task.

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

Some examples of recurring due dates

Here are a few examples of the natural language terms you can use to schedule a recurring task when adding it in Todoist:

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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 workday also works)

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

You can use these natural language terms to schedule a recurring task with a start and end date when adding it in Todoist.

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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

You can set all kinds of recurring due dates in Todoist. Whether you’re scheduling something simple like “every day at 4 pm” or something very specific like “every 3rd Tuesday starting Aug 29 for 6 months”, try typing it out and chances are Todoist will recognize it.

Repeating a task based on the original date or the completion date

You can create a recurring task that repeats from either the original task date or from the task's completed date by using every or every!. Here's how it works:

Every: Completing a task that has a due date of every 3 months will set the task’s due date to 3 months from the task's original date

For instance, if you created a task on January 10th with a due date of every 3 months, it will recur on Jan 10, Apr 10, July 10, etc. This is useful for tasks that must be done on those days, like school reports with exact due dates or paying your rent.

If you created a task with a due date of every month starting January 25, the task would repeat on January 25, February 25, March 25.

Every!: When you complete a task with a due date of every! 3 months, it will set the next due date for 3 months from the day you completed the task.

So if you completed the task on January 20th, the next occurrence of the task will be April 20th. This is useful for tasks that must be completed at regular intervals, but not necessarily on a specific day, like cleaning the house or working out.

FAQs

Q: My recurring task isn't scheduling properly. How do I fix it?

A: When setting your recurring due date, there are a few tricks to get Todoist to understand you properly: 

Todoist prefers the starting date at the end.

For example, every 14 days starting 1 Nov 7am will not correctly recognize the time. Instead, use every 14 days 7am starting 1 Nov, instead.

Todoist prefers the time after the first date.

If you try setting a due date of 7am every 14 days starting 1 Nov, Todoist will not properly recognize the recurring element of the task. Instead, use every other Wednesday 7am starting 1 Nov.

Q: Can I create more complex recurring tasks using the term every more than once?

A: Unfortunately, you can't use the term every more than once in a task's due date. 

Q: How can I see my completed recurring tasks in my completed tasks list? How do I uncomplete a completed recurring task?

A: Unfortunately, you can't see completed recurring tasks in your completed task list. This means you also can't uncomplete a recurring task.

Q: After I set a recurring task, I can only see the first task and not the rest. How can I see all my recurring tasks in Todoist?

A: Unfortunately, you can't see all your recurring tasks in Todoist. This is because a recurring task is a single task with a shifting due date, rather than multiple separate tasks.

For example, if you create a task, Clean the house, and set the due date to monthly on the 28th, the task will be scheduled for the 28th of this month. When the task is completed, the due date is shifted to the next recurring date -- in this case, the 28th of the next month.

Q: How do I properly postpone or reschedule a recurring task? If I type out a new date, the task loses its recurrence.

A: To postpone a recurring task, use the task scheduler by right clicking (Web, Windows, Mac) or swiping left (iOS, Android) and pick a new date from there.

If you type out a new date for a recurring task, you will completely change the task's due date and lose the recurrence.

 

Related terms: reoccuring tasks, repetitive tasks, repeating tasks