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Changing the due date on a Todoist reoccurring task without breaking the reoccurrence

Published 11/09/2016 - 5 Comments


Please note that in Todoist there are two recurring dates: every and every!. They are similar and the difference is how the next date is computed. For example:

  • Clean fridge with due date every 3 months starting 10 April
  • Clean fridge with due date every! 3 months starting 10 April

Completing every 3 months starting 10 April will result in a due date 3 months from 10. April.

Completing every! 3 months starting 10 April will result in a due date 3 months from the completion date.

Changing the due date on a todoist reoccurring task without breaking the reoccurrence:


Note little spinner for reoccurring


If a reoccurring task is due, and you want to change the due date on this instance without breaking the reoccurrence, Click on the three dots “…” And schedule


And then choose a shortcut date or use the date picker, for example, Postpone to tomorrow


Moves the due date it but doesn’t break reoccurrence


Or you can pick a date:


Reoccurrence still stays:


However if you edit the date by clicking in the date text field:


Now you are changing the “master date”/breaking the reoccurrence


For example using date picker:


Click save:


Note reoccurrence gone



So if you don’t want to break the reoccurrence, only use the … date picker, not the text field.

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.


Brian L Kvistad - 09/11/2016 Reply

OK, but what about the following scenario…

–> Every July 1st, Clean moss off the roof.

On July 1, 2001, this task comes up in my “today” list. I can’t do it, because of other tasks happening that day, so I want to bump it to the next day.

If I hit the “postpone” link as described above, it will postpone it to the next year, not the next day (and my roof will go uncleaned all year).

If I use the calendar to select tomorrow’s date, then it seems to retain the recurrence, except that now it will show up next on July 2, 2002 (not July 1 as I want).

Is there a way to handle this situation better? Would it be better to let it go “past due” and just get to it as soon as I can? I just don’t like having anything on my list at the end of the day…

    Tom Arbuthnot - 09/11/2016 Reply

    I think this is like the case I show above? don’t change the date,click the 3 dots, then under schedule the 3 dots again, then pick a date. This sets a date for that instnace but doesnt affect the “master”

Francis Kim - 09/11/2017 Reply

I’m having an issue where recurring tasks just disappear out of nowhere. It’s very annoying.

    Aria - 09/02/2018 Reply

    I’m having the exact same issue. I can’t believe Todoist has such a horrible bug… unacceptable. The whole point of the program is to dump everything in my life into it, especially things that recur over long time periods and be able to forget about them and not stress. Now that I realize it’s just swallowing up and deleting my recurring tasks, I have massive stress because I don’t know what it screwed up ! Ugh…

Justin - 27/04/2018 Reply

Is there a user voice for Todoist suggestions I mean….an easy solution for this would be to just allow us to skip recurring tasks. People on Wunderlist wanted this functionality, and people in the ToDoist camp want it to… Drives me batty when intuitive little things like this aren’t already available!

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