Due Dates & Times

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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 or repeating 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 (or a recurring due date)

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 4 pm to a super specific repeating due date like every 3rd Tuesday starting Aug 29 for 6 months.

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.

Set a date using the scheduler

You can also open the full task scheduler by clicking or tapping on the date field or 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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date-and-time-ios-swipe.jpg To add or change the date of an existing task on a phone or tablet, simply swipe from right to left on the task. iOS_Scheduler.png If you want to set a due time, tap the > arrow in the bottom right and then tap + Add Time in the bottom left.

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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. Android_Scheduler.png
If you want to set a due time, tap the > arrow in the bottom right and then tap + Add Time in the bottom left.

You can also let Todoist recommend a new date for your task by clicking/tapping the Suggested shortcut. You can read more about how Todoist’s Smart Schedule determines the new suggestion.

Sometimes, it’s good to know whether a date is already packed with tasks before you schedule a task. To see this, when rescheduling a task using the scheduler, type your new due date at the top to the right of the pencil icon. You’ll see a preview of how many tasks are already booked on that date:

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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

Type these natural language terms when adding a task in Todoist to schedule the task to the specified date.

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)

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)

in 5 days

5 days from today (+5 days also works)

in 3 weeks

3 weeks from today

in 2 hours

2 hours from now

Recurring due dates

When you need a task to repeat daily, weekly, monthly or on whatever schedule you'd like, you can set a recurring due date: Learn all about how to set recurring due dates like dailyweekly or every 3 months.

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