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Task start dates

Add an opportunity to give a task a Start Date, so that it will be hidden until then. This corresponds to the GTD "tickler file" for removing items from the inbox that do not need to be processed at the moment. Tasks could also be made to repeat based on start date or completion date rather than due date, as in OmniFocus.

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      • Dale commented  · 

        In addition to this, please consider adding a start due date time as well, ie 2:30 PM PST. For example, we are on the west coast and for many of our east coast clients, our due dates are something like 2pm PST, not the end of day. then on other projects not so time sensitive, they are due EOD. Thanks!

      • Cyndi Walker commented  · 

        The roadmap on the getflow website says this will be launched mid-2018. Is it on track and a launch date available?

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        how have you built a project management tool without start dates? i honestly cant understand how you ended up in a position where "Adding start dates touches almost every corner of Flow and every one of our apps, so while it may seem trivial it's a fair chunk of work. "
        Seems like just a colourful to do app.

      • AdminJesse Herlitz (VP of Product, Flow) commented  · 

        The latest release lays the groundwork for adding start dates. We're working on it. Adding start dates touches almost every corner of Flow and every one of our apps, so while it may seem trivial it's a fair chunk of work. Hang tight.

      • Jon commented  · 

        We really thought this feature would roll out with the recent Project Timelines update. Unfortunately, it did not. The result in our case are project timelines sparsely populated by task due dates. In appearance this view is very misleading and not particularly helpful for managing resources and their time. For us, start and end dates at the task level is critical in making the project timeline feature beneficial. Is there any update on this feature?

      • Bart Kuiper commented  · 

        Any update on this????
        In trial at the moment - new Flow looks promising, but surely this is a Must Have feature.
        Last comment from Jesse was almost 18 months ago?

      • Tommy Williams commented  · 

        Is there any update on this, I am a big fan of the new flow but very disappointed this feature was not included, especially as it was planned on September 16...

      • H commented  · 

        Start dates is a most for a calendar as any project task for us needs a timeframe for completion and preparation. Even outlook can handle this. I am dissapointed

      • Maros Skalsky commented  · 

        New to Flow, but this feature seems important. In addition, in calendar, there could be "People view" were scheduled tasks for selected peoples in team will be shown, with possibility to stretch start/end of task as in "Project view". It would give a good overview of who is/was/will work on what. ...and project can inherit start/end from it's tasks.

      • Christopher commented  · 

        Hi! New user here, in my trial period to see if Flow can meet my needs.

        It's been a year now since task start dates have been in the works; is there an update on this feature?


      • Ben commented  · 

        Defer to date
        Provide a function that (optionally) hides tasks until they are deferred.

        As a power user with many tasks
        I want to only see those tasks that I can work on at this point in time
        So that I can just work on the next task.

        - option for a task to be hidden until a particular date.
        - maybe use the due date? or could be a new date ("defer until" or "start date").
        - Could be greyed out until the date
        - Could be sorted to the bottom of a list.
        - Does not show in the "catch up" section (this is the main reason I want this - I have tasks that are waiting until a given date and they are showing in my "you could work on this next" and my immediate thought is "bugger off, no I can't").

      • kevin goujon commented  · 

        Would love to see repetitive task with a start date to avoid seeing the task in grey and make it a cleaner look

      • Katie commented  · 

        Any update about this? It would be super helpful. Also if there could be hours added, not just days. Thank you!

      • Aaron Westberg commented  · 

        good to hear that this feature will be added. I would like to see the sections show the cumulative range of all tasks within the section and have the ability to toggle whether i would like to see the sections on the calendar view. We are using sections for smaller projects and they do not appear on the timeline in calendar view. It would be nice to see the sections show on the calendar that we would like to appear. A "show in Calendar" button on sections.

      • John commented  · 

        I would like to have the ability to give a task a start and an end date. It's nice to have a due date for tasks, but some tasks take a long time to do and require planning around when to start in order to finish on time. Please add a feature for doing this so I know "I have to start working on the task on this day to have it finished by that day".

      • Moriah R Glasgow commented  · 

        Would you all provide an updated timeline on this? Thanks!

      • Seath commented  · 

        I am voting for this because of the essential need for being able to have tasks that repeat a specified time interval after completion - ie "Repeat again after complete" - It is amazing to me that apps as powerful as Flow don't have this essential feature - The majority (80%) of my repeating personal tasks are things that I want to be reminded to do (e.g. chores), but if I get behind I don't have the time to keep moving due dates in to the future - I need the app to understand that I want to repeat the task again, but the next iteration is due from the date of completion NOT from the date it was originally due. I don't want multiple due dates that are in the past because I missed getting to something, nor do I want to have to manage pausing something because I am away. I need the app to do this work so my life is simpler to manage, not a big headache.
        Thank You

      • Ryan Sunderman commented  · 

        I would not add this feature. I voted for it in the past but now have removed by votes.

        There are other, and maybe better ways to accomplish start dates. Example, set the due date of when you want to, or need to start working on it. In the notes, enter the actual deadline. Or leave the actual due date and adjust your workflow to look forward 3 to 5 days to know what is coming.

        Too many times start dates are added to a task, only to be adjusted many, many times. You're then having to update several tasks, and many dates. Too much work!

        The beauty of Flow is that it gives us an opportunity to rethink how we work. Flow works and is successful because it is built to not be like other products we're familiar with. If these other products worked, we wouldn't be using Flow.

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