Recurring Tasks: A Complete Guide to Settings
If you think that it is impossible to achieve results without repeating some tasks again and again — either in sports or in business — this article is for you
On the left, you can choose the repetition frequency. If you just click on one of these options (without touching the settings on the right side of the window), and then click OK, the following setting is applied by default:
- after completed — when you complete the task, a new recurring one will be created;
- daily — exactly the same task as the original one will be created every day;
- weekly — every week a clone task of the current one will be added to the list of tasks;
- annually — the same task will be created once a year.
Pay attention to the bottom left corner — a summary of the current settings is stored there:
Don't keep all details in your mind — use SingularityApp! There you can set up any repeat rule for daily, weekly, monthly, yearly tasks, as well as tasks that should be repeated after completing the current one. You can find these parameters on the right side of the repetition settings popup.
It is an alternative to the command "After completed" on the left of the popup. By default, a new recurring task is created at different intervals: for daily tasks — every day, for weekly tasks — on specified days of the week, for annual tasks — once a year.
But if you don’t have time to complete them, recurring tasks will snowball on the "Today" tab or on their project page. To prevent this, tick the checkbox "Create a new task only after the previous one is completed".
For example, you want to plan a cleaning schedule. You have a dog, and its fur is everywhere in the house, so you have to vacuum every three days. Then feel free to set up a repetition of a daily task with an interval of every 3 days and put a check mark so that a new task is created only after the previous one is completed (in case, during cleaning, you remember something more important you need to do, and the cleaning will have to be rescheduled for tomorrow).
Set the due time for recurring tasks, as well as their reminders. All settings are in the same window:
Say you got tired of your sedentary lifestyle, and you are going to get 10 massages next month. Just set the start date and configure key settings (frequency or specific days of the week and time) and put these out of your head. When the next month starts, the reminder of your first day of massage will appear on your to-do list for the day. And when you get the 10th massage, the recurrence will stop. For this, select a specific End date or the recurrence pattern for this task in the settings.
There is a morning meeting every day at 9:15 in your work schedule. But why the hell do you need it when you are on vacation basking in the warm sand with a glass of a fresh cold-pressed juice? Pause this recurring task, and then the repeats will temporarily stop (until you restore them again).
In the mobile version, everything is a little different. When you click on a task and then on Repeat, a window opens with quick repeat settings: "daily", "weekly", "monthly", "annually" or "customize".
If you choose one of the first 4 options, the application will automatically include the current date and day of the week of the task to the template. For example, you have a task "Read for 45 minutes" for Friday, July 21st. If you want to repeat it, the application will offer the following default settings:
- daily — then a new task with the same name will be created every day;
- weekly — a new task with the same name will be created every Friday;
- monthly — a new task with the same name will be created every month on the 21st day;
- annually — a new task with the same name will be created every year on July 21.
Moreover, all this will happen regardless of whether you are performing the current task or not. By the way, if the task that you want to make recurring has due time, the due time will be automatically added into the template as well.
If you select the option Configure repeat, a new window will open. We already described the configure repeat parameters above, so you know what to do with them :)
1. Click on the template
Inside the template you can find its description; if you click on this description, a window will appear where you can reconfigure the parameters.
The repeat settings window will also open.
There are three options to choose from: reschedule, pause, or cancel recurrence (if you select the first command, the window with repetition settings will open).
It’s simple — when creating a recurring task:
- an instance of a recurring task with a checkbox is displayed in Today;
- recurring task template with looping arrows icon is displayed on the date of the next trigger.
For example, you have a daily task "Check work email": there is the task instance with a checkbox in Today, the recurrence template of the task is in Tomorrow. As soon as tomorrow comes, a new instance with a checkbox appears in the Today section, and there is the same template in Tomorrow. And the same will repeat again and again until the repetition cycle ends (if you set this limitation).
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