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However, I've created some neat solutions for these, by employing my Google Sheets skills as covered below. --- ## Google Sheets Due Date Solutions You can click on the named links to view them in your browser, or on the respective "make a copy," links to add them to your own Google Drive. Each one is fully documented and they are quick and easy to use. * [Recurring tasks 'n' days before the end of each month](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zZfVAEB2rDby-GvYzNWspfK2_oQhX7UhG53053Y4BkA/edit?usp=sharing) - You can use this Google Sheet to quickly and reliably create the syntax for recurring tasks that repeat on a cycle of a specified number of days before the end of each month. You can [make your own copy of it here](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zZfVAEB2rDby-GvYzNWspfK2_oQhX7UhG53053Y4BkA/copy) * [Relative Due Dates Tool](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19nTmSIEx8CMzzrtrAxUtKbdYMuBsuUj6qd53kKSd6p4/edit?usp=sharing) - A further development of the above, this one dynamically creates multiple due dates formatted for easy pasting-in to Todoist. There are **3 tabs**, each performing a different manipulation as detailed below. You can [make your own copy of it here](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19nTmSIEx8CMzzrtrAxUtKbdYMuBsuUj6qd53kKSd6p4/copy) * Offset a specified number or working days before or after a specified occurrence (1st, 2nd etc.) of a day of the week within each month * Offset a specified number or working days before or after the last working day of each month * Specify a monthly due date for a task and it automatically gets moved to the preceding Friday if the date should happen to fall on either a Saturday or Sunday *** ## Glossary ## Single-occurring due dates & times ***Input*** *Definition (Todoist understands)* **no date** Sounds weird, but handy when adding a task in Today View but not wanting a due date set (**no due date** also works) **now** Today ***Note*** - There is no native way by which to enter the current date / time (i.e. 'now') in natural language. However, this can be achieved by using a snippet in a [Text Expansion app](https://textexpander.com) configured such as ***tod %H:%M*** **today** Today (**tod** also works) **tomorrow** Tomorrow (**tom** also works) **friday** The next Friday to occur **next friday** The second Friday to occur (this is a little confusing!) **next weekend** The second Saturday to occur (again, confusing) **next month** 1st day of the next month **next year** Jan 1 of next year **someday** in 62 days (yes, this really does work!) **jan** Jan 1 **jan 27** Jan 27 (**27 jan** also works) **27/1** Jan 27 **27th** 27th day of the current month **3rd friday jan** Converts to the respective date of the third Friday in next January **mid january (jan)** January 15th **end of month** Last day of the current month **today at 10** Today at 10am **6pm** Today at 6pm (unless 6pm has passed, in which case tomorrow) (**18:00** also works) **tomorrow at 16:00** Tomorrow at 4pm **tom morning** Tomorrow at 9am (**tommorning** also works) **tom afternoon** Tomorrow at 12pm (**tomafternoon** also works) **tom evening** Tomorrow at 7pm (**tomevening** also works) **tom night** Tomorrow at 10pm (**tomnight** also works) **fri @ 7pm** Friday at 7pm (**Friday @ 7pm, Fri at 7pm, Fri at 19:00** also work) **in 5 days** 5 days from now (**+5** also works) **in 3 weeks** 3 weeks from now **in 2 hours** 2 hours from now **50 days before new year eve** Will set date to 11 November (this is particularly useful for setting [Reminders](https://get.todoist.help/hc/en-us/articles/205348301-Reminders)) **6 weeks before 21 Jul** Will set date to 9 Jun **28 days after 21 July** Will set date to 18 Aug --- ## Recurring due dates & times Todoist recurring tasks are extremely powerful. When you complete a repeating task, the entry will roll to the next date you've selected. When creating recurring tasks in Todoist, the time expression has **3 parts**: * the **repetition** - day and/or time * the **start date** - see notes below * and the **end date/duration** You can mix and match them however you like, e.g. **every day at 10am starting Friday for 8 weeks** ## Repetition **every hour** Every hour starting from now **every 12 hours starting at 9pm** Every day at 9am and 9pm **every day** Every day starting from today (**daily** also works) ***Note*** - The syntax doesn't support **every day except**. So if you only want the task to repeat on specific days of the week, you have to express those explicitly as per the following. **every monday, friday** Every Monday, Friday (**ev monday, friday; every mon, fri; ev mon, fri** also work) **every morning** Every day at 9am **every afternoon** Every day at 12pm **every evening** Every day at 7pm **every workday** Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday **ev mon, fri at 20:00** Every Monday and Friday at 20:00 (***Note*** - Times cannot be set independently for each of the recurring days) **every 3 days** Every 3 days from today (**ev 3 days** also works) **every week** Every week starting from today (**weekly** also works) **every month** Every month starting from today (**monthly** also works) **every quarter** Every 3 months starting from today (**quarterly** also works) **every other day** Every other day starting from today **every other week** Every other week starting from today **every other month** Every other month starting from today **ev 2nd Monday** Every Second Monday in a month **every 3rd friday** Every 3rd Friday of the month **every 3rd friday 8pm** Every 3rd Friday of the month at 8pm **every 3rd friday jan** 3rd Friday of each January (**yearly 3rd fri jan** also works) **every 1st wed jan, every 3rd thu jul** 1st Wednesday of each January and 3rd Thursday of each July **ev 7** Every 7th of the month **every 27th** Every 27th of the month (**every 27** also works) **every 2, every 15, every 27** Every 2nd, 15th & 27th of the month (**every 2, 15, 27** also works) **every jan 27th** Every January 27th **every 14 jan, 14 apr, 15 jun, 15 sep** Every January 14th, April 14th, June 15th & September 15th ***Note*** - I've had it confirmed that the maximum number of comma-delimited dates you can enter here is ***8***. Actually, it's only ***7*** if you include a time too. ***Warning!!*** - If you apply this to a task that is in a project [syncing with Google Calendar](https://get.todoist.help/hc/en-us/articles/115003128085-Use-Google-Calendar-with-Todoist), it won't work properly. Moreover, in the above example, post-entry and without warning, it will get transformed into **every 14, 15** in Todoist. Also, if you add a time, the date syntax 'sticks,' in Todoist but the task doesn't appear at all in Google Calendar. **ev last day** Every last day of the month **every first workday** Every first working day (Mon to Fri) of the month **every last workday** Every last working day (Mon to Fri) of the month **every year** Every year starting from today (**yearly** also works) **after 10 days** This is a bit different in that it changes, post-entry, to ***!every 10 days*** effective for today **after 10 days starting 1 Aug** As above, it changes, post-entry, to ***!every 10 days*** effective from 1 August ***Note*** - I've often seen people trying to get a schedule such as **1st Mon of every 3rd month** to work. Unfortunately, this kind of repeat cycle is not supported. ## Start date ***Note*** - "Start date," in this context, is the date when the recurrence should start from. Do not confuse this with the date on which *activity on a task should "start."* Todoist does not support the concept of "***Start dates & Do dates***," unlike, say, [Omnifocus](https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus). The reasoning for this is [clarified on YouTube](https://youtu.be/shTYLWogs5I?t=1816) by Todoist's CEO, Amir Salihefendić, and also in the [Todoist help pages](https://get.todoist.help/hc/en-us/articles/360007312259-Does-Todoist-support-start-dates-). ### Examples **every day starting tomorrow until April 3** **starting 9:00** **starting Monday** **starting 1 Jan** **starting June** - i.e., every second Thursday starting June **from 9:00** **from Friday** **from 16 Aug** ## End date/Duration ### Examples **until 20 July** **ending 24 August** **for 3 weeks** **for 3 days** **ending in 3 months** #### Example: for repeating this week only **every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday ending Saturday** 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. --- ## Holidays Tasks that need to be done on holidays can be specified using these respective keywords. **new year day** January 1 **valentine** February 14 (**valentine's day** also works) **memorial day** Last Monday of May **halloween** October 31 **new year eve** December 31 *** **[Back to Home](https://www.leightonprice.com)**