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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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      • 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.

      • Jabjab commented  · 

        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.

      • Frederik commented  · 

        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...

      • Ben commented  · 

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        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.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        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.

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