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How can I set a start date?


I have a task with a due date, but it can only start 3 weeks before the due date.
How can I set a start date (like in Outlook) so that I can then sort my tasks by start date?

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David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 18, 2013 - 14:31

Hello Sebastien,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to set start dates in Todoist, you can only add one date to a task (the due date), but we may consider adding such option in the future and you're welcome to vote for this request in our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/415/

For now, as a workaround, you could try to consider due dates as start dates and use labels as deadlines so, for example, the task's due date can be set to the time when you must start working on it and you could put a label showing the deadline of when this task must be completed. You could type @20/4 within the task name to do so.

Also, with Todoist Premium, you could use the due date as a deadline and then set an email, SMS or mobile push reminder to 3 weeks before this deadline to remind you about the start date.

Best regards,

Replied on Mar 19, 2013 - 01:54

This is an interesting solution. Another could be to put an item's due at it's start time, and a child item as it's deadline. Eg.

☐ Open your test booklets > Mar 18 @ 1:00pm
       ☐ Final problem due > Mar 20 @ 2:00pm

Then you would get a reminder of when you can start on a project, continue to be nagged if you choose by leaving it unchecked, and also get a final reminder when whatever is due, that can be dismissed when you have completed it.

Simon Bonner premium
Replied on Jul 24, 2014 - 02:55

The startdate feature is something that I have missed since I started using ToDoist, but the ease of syncing across multiple devices is too good to leave.

These are great suggestions and I will have to give them a try. Just wanted to say thanks to Sebastien for addressing this!

gregory.krasutski premium
Replied on Jul 24, 2014 - 04:46

Create a sub-task "Start this task". Its due date will be your start date.

Coming from OmniFocus, I can say that start time/date is superfluous feature in most situations and only clutters the interface.

Replied on Aug 20, 2014 - 22:14

Just when i thought i finally found the perfect to-do app, i read about this HUGE issue about not being able to set start dates…

Not wanting to sound offensive, but that's just plain ridiculous

If i get it right, it means that under Label (the GTD contexts) you always see every task with that label, even if you can't do nothing with it till a future date
(birthdays are a simple but very clear example, i guess…)

A starting date may be superfluous if you manage your life by 'Today, Next 7 Days'
But it's simply ESSENTIAL if you manage tasks by labels/contexts (GTD anyone?)

After a very short love story with Todoist, i'm sadly leaving the place, back at OmniFocus…