Now, this is a direct copy/paste from todo.vu but I think it gives a few things to consider when recurring tasks are going implemented in Infinity (Q3 I hope ):
The problem (I saw it on many platforms):
To best illustrate the mistakes other systems make, let’s consider Asana – arguably one of the most used project management systems today.
Asana’s implementation of repeating (recurring) tasks is typical of most other systems and it is fundamentally flawed. In Asana, you can only ever see the next occurrence of the task, and the task does not repeat until after it is completed.
This means that:
- if you have a daily task and you don’t complete Monday’s task until Wednesday, then you will only see Tuesday’s task on Wednesday and still nothing for Wednesday.
- future occurrences of the task do not show up in your calendar.
- there is no way to adjust one specific occurrence – for instance, if you have a monthly meeting that is typically the first Monday of the month, but one Monday happens to be a public holiday, then you would want to be able to shift that meeting to Tuesday in advance, but that is not possible.
- There is no way to add custom content or attachments to future tasks.
In todo.vu, repeating tasks are real tasks , they are editable and customisable and visible in calendars .
Each occurrence is a real task that can be viewed, edited and customised in advance.
Each future task occurrence shows up in your calendar and iCal sync feeds.
Future tasks are snoozed so they do not clutter your to do list, but will automatically “wake up” at a predetermined interval before the task is due.
Each task has independent workflow and will become ‘to do’ and ‘due’ independent of previous tasks.
You can make tasks recur on any number of days, any sequence of weekdays, weeks, months or years and also “Nth weekday of the month” sequences.
Most businesses have repeating tasks. Even if your primary client/project work does not repeat, you will surely have tax returns, license and insurance renewals, domain name renewals and other administrative tasks that regularly repeat.
Being able to capture and schedule these into your task management system without cluttering your inbox is vital for a smooth functioning office.
So when you are reviewing alternative systems – take a serious look at how they really work. Most implement a weak and almost useless version of recurring tasks in order to complete a checkbox on a functionality survey. But at todo.vu we have developed a genuine, robust and flexible solution to keep you and your business productive at all times.
I think that this kind of approach is much better but I’d like to hear what other members have to say.