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.
After estimating a lenght of time needed for certain task, I would like to be able to enter a date range for this task to show on the calendar that i'll be working on that specific task/project for that amount of time. Entering a due date only shows the date I'm supposed to finish the task but not the time I'm working on it. It helps for the manager to add more tasks to employees and manage priorites of tasks by knowing the amount of time needed to complete it instead of a due date.
Start & End Date for Tasks with time line views to visualize easily. A work start marking option to monitor progress against plan. If as per plan show it green, if delayed fill it red hatch for revised or extended plan. Kanban need an additional activity which is not useful for us. But this action plan or time line view will be the best way to visualize, present or review a project.
Add the ability to put a time frame on tasks or projects, not a specific Due Date. Ex. Date Range, specific weeks, or month.
Thank you for the new feature that helps visualize projects. If you added the possibility of strat dates, projects could also be visualised as GANTT charts and this would be a wonderful addition.
Secondly, it would very much help to have a basic page for each project, where to keep notes, links to Google Docs etc — a feature that is well advanced in Basecamp. The problem is that currently there is no place to store basic information concerning the project so that it would be readyily available. This would really help a lot.
For me not having this capability limits the usefulness of the app.
I also think the calendar format should have be horizontal not a vertical scroll. That way I could view task timelines alongside one another
I have many task that take more than a day to complete. Some are a ways off in the future. It would be great if a start date as well as a due date could be added to tasks. The purpose is not to hide them until the start date occurs, but instead to create a window when the task needs to be worked on.
Add start / end times to tasks so we can schedule our days using the calendar and also balance workload and schedule new projects where we have openings in our schedule. (side note: be able to view calendar by day to facilitate this idea)
We’re working on features that will cover this functionality.
Moriah R Glasgow commented
Would you all provide an updated timeline on this? Thanks!
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.
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.
Frederic, clearly, your task is list NOT crowded. This would simplify the life of those, who have a great deal of tasks cramped into a day, even though the day of starting has not yet come. Setting a future date for the start clears the day I am working on.
I would not add this feature. Simplicity is major asset of Flow. I simply set the due date of new tasks = start date. Very simple
Roohbir Singh commented
+1 Just being able to add a task start and end date gives a task more context – we can easily handle the day-to-day time allocation outside of flow but adding future tasks (specially those that will start in a few months) would be very useful...
Hi @Marc - you can do this for DUE dates - if you go to Calendar then filter for only your tasks you get that list (can be viewed as calendar or list).
What you can't get is stuff that's due to START in the future.
Marc Alexander Nieding commented
Again a feature which is dearly missed. It is so annoying to see many, many items which are spread over the coming months and which are not due. A clean and focussed view onto what is due TODAY is urgently needed! Anything not due should be hidden. There must be a today-view.
Vinnie Lauria commented
I just create a project called 'Someday' and add those tasks there.
Is having a start date a methodology-specific feature? I'm not sure what that term means. Why would you have no interest in adding a start date to tasks? The program we used before we switched to Flow, which was discontinued, had such a feature.
I would love to use this app for my team, but their tasks are time sensitive. Being able to set a start date/time as well as a due date/time would be great to have; otherwise, this app really does not help us.
David Tunstall commented
Yes, some kind of dependency on prior tasks before the current task can be completed (or seen).
Dan Sullivan commented
IF it's only a handful of tasks, you can put it in the future as "Start to do the thing" and just edit the description then.
I don't want an extra start field cluttering input for the <=5% of tasks (for me) that have a delayed start, and a start field doesn't address predecessors. I like special features handled via tags - I might dig a *power tag* like "hide until: 12/15/31" or "hide until: task xyz is done"
Mario Medina commented
The idea of having a start date isn't just a matter of methodology — it's a good feature. I have many tasks that need to start on a specific date and run for, say, a week or more. It's not enough to think about a task when it's due...it's about doing it from a certain point up until it's due.
Alex Attard commented
I've sound the lack of a start date very frustrating fro a long time. If i need to do a task by a certain date, I'd like it to appear in my work list between now and then. otherwise, unless i look forward to 3 weeks from now, i dont even know i have that task to do. Start dates would allow me to hide a task until a certain time and then remind me every day htat its on my list and can be done from now on. I wouldnt have thought putting in start dates would be that difficult.
We would like to see the ability to repeat after a certain number of days/months/etc. AFTER a task is completed, i.e., when completed, repeat after 7 days.
Tommy Staggs commented
My votes for this would be related to the repeat structure that comes along with this. I would like to have a "repeat after" function so that a task would repeat as due exactly three months after I complete it last.
Tasks are without Start Date disarranged - there are mixed the tasks I need to do right now / asap with many tasks I cannot start before some date.
Adam Procter commented
I think the option for start dates would be nice, especially if you could output a gantt chart
@David I'm thinking more of things that must happen before something else can be done. For example, if you building a house you want to lay the foundations and the studs before putting on the cladding and roof. Or before cooking your pasta you want to have the water boiling. Or before starting work on a new contract you want to have the contract signed; that sort of thing. It'd have to be an optional thing.