Creating Repeating To-Dos

Let Things remind you of anything that you need to do every few days, weeks, or months.

Repeating to-dos help you manage your daily, weekly, and monthly routines by automatically creating new to-dos for you. You set their schedule once, and then leave the rest to Things – the app will remind you when the day comes by putting a new to-do in your Today list.

Create a repeating to-do

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. Click File > New Repeating To-Do.
  3. Set the pattern: to-dos can repeat according to a fixed schedule or after the previous to-do has been completed.
  4. Click OK to save it.

You can also make an existing to-do repeat. Select it, and then in the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Items > Repeat.

iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Tap to create a new to-do.
  3. When you’re done creating the new to-do, tap the button in the upper right to dismiss the keyboard.
  4. At the bottom of your screen, tap > Repeat.
  5. Set the pattern: to-dos can repeat according to a fixed schedule or after the previous to-do has been completed.
  6. Tap Save.

You can also make an existing to-do repeat. Tap it, and then at the bottom of your screen, tap > Repeat.

(This is also possible via keyboard shortcut.)

iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. Tap to create a new to-do.
  3. When you’re done creating the new to-do, tap the button in the upper right to dismiss the keyboard.
  4. At the bottom of your screen, tap > Repeat.
  5. Set the pattern: to-dos can repeat according to a fixed schedule or after the previous to-do has been completed.
  6. Tap Save.

You can also make an existing to-do repeat. Tap it, and then at the bottom of your screen, tap > Repeat.

When you set up a repeating to-do, you have two additional options:

  • Add a Reminder if you want to be notified at a specific time on the days the to-do repeats.
  • Add a Deadline if you want each copy to have a deadline. You can also choose how many days before the deadline you want the to-do to appear in Today.

Make a project repeat

If you have a list of to-dos which need to be repeated, you could create a repeating to-do with a checklist – or you could create a repeating project. If a repeating project better suits your needs, here’s how to create one:

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. In the sidebar, click one of your Projects.
  3. At the top of the window, next to the project’s title, click > Repeat.
  4. Set the pattern: projects can repeat according to a fixed schedule or after the previous to-do has been completed.
  5. Click OK to save it.
iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. In the sidebar, tap one of your Projects.
  3. At the top of the screen, next to the project’s title, tap > Repeat.
  4. Set the pattern: projects can repeat according to a fixed schedule or after the previous to-do has been completed.
  5. Tap Save.

(This is also possible via keyboard shortcut.)

iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. In the main view, tap one of your Projects.
  3. At the top of the screen, next to the project’s title, tap > Repeat.
  4. Set the pattern: projects can repeat according to a fixed schedule or after the previous to-do has been completed.
  5. Tap Save.

Repeat on certain days only

If you want to repeat something only on certain days – only weekdays, for example, or only weekends – here’s how to set this up:

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. Click File > New Repeating To-Do.
  3. Set Repeat to weekly.
  4. Use the + button to add all the days on which you want the to-do to appear.
  5. Click OK.
iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Tap to create a new to-do.
  3. When you’re done creating the new to-do, tap the button in the upper right to dismiss the keyboard.
  4. At the bottom of your screen, tap > Repeat.
  5. Select Regularly.
  6. Make sure the value for Every is set to week.
  7. Tap On and select all the days on which you want the to-do to appear.
  8. Tap Back and then tap Save.
iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. Tap to create a new to-do.
  3. When you’re done creating the new to-do, tap the button in the upper right to dismiss the keyboard.
  4. At the bottom of your screen, tap > Repeat.
  5. Select Regularly.
  6. Make sure the value for Every is set to week.
  7. Tap On and select all the days on which you want the to-do to appear.
  8. Tap Back and then tap Save.

View all repeating content in one place

If you want to view all repeating content at once, invoke Quick Find and type “repeating” to see the Repeating list. Learn more here.

Change a repeating to-do’s template

When you create a repeating to-do or project, a template is saved in your Upcoming list. If you ever want to modify its schedule or change what the to-do will look like in the future, you will need to edit its template. Here’s how:

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. Locate your repeating to-do’s template. Just start typing “repeating” and select the Quick Find list Repeating from the results.
  3. Find your template and double-click to open it. Once you’ve opened the template, you can make the following changes:
    • Edit its title, notes, tags, or checklist. Going forward, all future copies will include these changes.
    • Change its repeating pattern: click Repeat > Change.
    • Pause it: click Repeat > Pause. It will stop generating new to-dos until you resume it.
    • Resume it: click Repeat > Resume.
    • Stop it: click Repeat > Stop. This will turn your template into a regular to-do.
iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Locate your repeating to-do’s template. Tap into Quick Find at the top of the sidebar, and start typing “repeating”. ?
  3. Select the Quick Find list Repeating from the results.
  4. Find your template and tap to open it. You can then make the following changes:
    • Edit its title, notes, tags, or checklist. Going forward, all future copies will include these changes.
    • Change its repeating pattern: tap Repeat > Change.
    • Pause it: tap Repeat > Pause. It will stop generating new to-dos until you resume it.
    • Resume it: tap Repeat > Resume.
    • Stop it: tap Repeat > Stop. This will turn your template into a regular to-do.
iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. Locate your repeating to-do’s template. Tap into Quick Find at the top of the main lists view, and start typing “repeating”. ?
  3. Select the Quick Find list Repeating from the results.
  4. Find your template and tap to open it. You can then make the following changes:
    • Edit its title, notes, tags, or checklist. Going forward, all future copies will include these changes.
    • Change its repeating pattern: tap Repeat > Change.
    • Pause it: tap Repeat > Pause. It will stop generating new to-dos until you resume it.
    • Resume it: tap Repeat > Resume.
    • Stop it: tap Repeat > Stop. This will turn your template into a regular to-do.



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