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How to do with tasks repeating on irregular basis?



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Boxin

Posted: Jul 17, 2010
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Any suggestion? Thank you.
Claudio

Posted: Jul 17, 2010
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It would help if you could tell us how you are determining when to repeat the task to see if there is some pattern that Toodledo can handle, perhaps with a combination of repeating tasks.

If there is no pattern at all, then you'll just have to schedule each task when you think it is appropriate.
Boxin

Posted: Jul 18, 2010
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Claudio, thanks for the answer. What's a combination of repeating tasks? I get very interested to know it.

One of my projects that has to deal with irregular tasks is making a study schedule. For instance, I've broke down a whole study process into 20 sessions, and plan to finish 3-4 sessions per week (normally one session a day, but maybe 2-3 sessions for day-off), then how can I make toodledo work for this situation?
Claudio

Posted: Jul 19, 2010
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I would say that the tasks are not "repeating" because each session is unique (you're not going to complete Session 1 on Monday and then do it again on Tuesday and Wednesday), and the tasks have to be completed in a particular order.

So, I would create tasks for each session, with due dates consistent with the time frame required to complete the entire project. You can use the "Add Multiple Tasks" function to add 20 tasks quickly (Session 1, Session 2, etc. ) and then edit the due date and start date, or perhaps use a Date Modifier: http://www.toodledo.com/info/help.php?sel=42.

Each day you have a Session to complete, and perhaps one or two overdue Sessions. (Or, you could create a "master task" with 20 subtasks, put the subtasks in a particular order, leave out Due Dates, and just do each subtask in the order listed.)

Would that work for you?

As for "combination of repeating tasks", I just meant that some patterns require more than one repeating task because they cannot be handled by one task. For example, you want to do something on Monday every week, but every other week you also want do it on Wednesday. This requires two repeating tasks, even though the actual task is the same in each case.


This message was edited Jul 19, 2010.
Boxin

Posted: Jul 21, 2010
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I think the approach would go for me, which is very practical. In fact, I never knew due date modifiers already exist, it's something I was really looking for, especially the "optional" modifier, thanks for telling me this! By the way, the due-after modifier seems to not work, after adding ">" before due date, how come it gets changed to no due date instantly?!
Claudio

Posted: Jul 21, 2010
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Don't add ">" before the due date.
Click on the dropdown list to the left of the date (the default value is "Due by") and choose "Due after".

I just realized something else: Are you using Chrome as your browser? If yes, take a look at this: http://www.toodledo.com/forums/2/6847/0/cant-chose-due-options-in-google-chrome-browser.html


This message was edited Jul 21, 2010.
Boxin

Posted: Aug 05, 2010
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Thanks again Claudio and sorry for my oversight, the problem solved. I've been away from town and just went back home. I'm using Firefox and may change to Chrome when it gets mature.

Posted by Claudio:
Don't add ">" before the due date.
Click on the dropdown list to the left of the date (the default value is "Due by") and choose "Due after".

I just realized something else: Are you using Chrome as your browser? If yes, take a look at this: http://www.toodledo.com/forums/2/6847/0/cant-chose-due-options-in-google-chrome-browser.html
mcwolfemedia

Posted: Aug 16, 2010
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Might I suggest a service called hassle.me, which sends out mails at irregular intervalls to an email-adress you supply. You set the average number of days between each reminder-mail, and then hassle.me adds a random variance to that. If you use your toodledo-adress as the adress, and format the subject according to their syntax, it will end up in the correct folder, status etc when it comes to your toodledo-account

/McWolfe
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