How to setup recurring (repeating) tasks in Todoist

How to Set Up Repeating Tasks in Todoist – Step-by-Step Guide

How to setup recurring tasks in Todoist

Todoist is one of the best task management services in the market today. It is extremely simple to use yet powerful with rich third-party integrations and flexibility. One of the prime examples of this flexibility is the ability to easily create recurring tasks. Creating a recurring task in Todoist is very straight-forward and this step-by-step tutorial will teach you everything you need to know to get started with creating recurring tasks.

So how do you create a recurring task in Todoist? Enclosed below are the steps required to create and manage a recurring (repeating) task in Todoist:

  1. Open Todoist and click “Add a Task”
  2. Fill in name of task
  3. Click the “Today” button
  4. Click where it says “Type a due date”
  5. Type in the recurring schedule for your task (e.g. every tuesday at 2pm)
  6. Click the box containing your recurring schedule to save it

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Now let’s get started with the tutorial!

Open up Todoist

Todoist Main Window

Open up Todoist. Your main window should look like the screenshot above. You can setup a new task from any of the existing views like Inbox or Today. For this tutorial, we will setup our new task from the Today view. Next, click on the “Add a task” button or click the + sign in the top bar to create a new task.

Type in your Task in Todoist

Creating a task in Todoist

The next step is to give your task a name by simply clicking in the top of the new task to set your cursor and start typing in your task.

Click the “Today” button to bring up the task scheduling options for your Task

setting recurring task in Todoist

Underneath where you just typed in the name of the task, you should see a button called either “Schedule” or, if you are in the Today view, “Today“. Click that button to bring up the task scheduling menu for your new task in Todoist.

Next, type in the recurring schedule you want. Some examples might include:

Recurring ScheduleTodoist Natural Language
task recurs every mondayevery monday
task recurs every saturday at 2:30pmevery saturday at 2:30
task recurs every monday, wednesday and friday
at 6pm
every monday, wednesday and friday at 6pm
task recurs every other tuesday at 2pmevery other tuesday at 2pm
task recurs every saturday and sunday at 3pmevery saturday and sunday at 3pm
task recurs every third mondayevery 3rd monday
task recurs yearly on April 1stevery april 1st
task recurs every 3 weeks starting july 1stevery 3 weeks starting on July 1st
task recurs every thursday staring on august 1st
and ending october 31st
every thursday starting on august 1st ending october 31st
Todoist natural language examples for setting recurring tasks

As you can see from the table above, Todoist uses and understands natural language to figure out the recurring schedule that you want to set. The ability to process natural language (i.e. the verbiage that you would use in an actual conversation) greatly reduces the complexity of setting up your recurring tasks. This is especially evident in some of the more involved schedules you might want to set up.

Click on the box containing your recurring schedule

A recurring task schedule in Todoist

Once you have typed in the recurring schedule you want, if Todoist understands what you want, you should see a box similar to the screenshot above that outlines the interval you want your new task to use. Confirm that the proposed interval by Todoist is correct and click on the box to set the recurring dates/times for your new task in Todoist.

A task with a recurring due date

You should now see your new task configured with a recurring due date. To quickly verify that your new task is a recurring task, you should see two arrows in a circle to the right of the next due date as shown in the screenshot above.

Click “Add Task” to save your new task in Todoist

Clicking “Add Task” button to save a task in Todoist

Once you have verified that you task is setup a recurring, click the “Add task” button to save your task with its new recurring schedule to Todoist.

A recurring task in Todoist

Your new task is now configured as a recurring task in Todoist.

I hope this tutorial was helpful to you. Good luck!

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