Exercising. Cleaning the house. Mowing the lawn. Many of the tasks in people’s lives recur. That is, they need to be done over and over again. The Recurrer app brings all your recurring tasks into one sorted to-do list.
Most importantly, it doesn’t lock you into a rigid timetable of your recurring tasks, like other task management apps so foolishly do. Instead of, for example, being inflexibly told to do your laundry every five days like some kind of clothes-washing robot, Recurrer lets you choose a range for how often you need to do your laundry. Maybe you’re fine as long as you get it done every three to six days. (Or every fifteen to forty days. We’re not here to judge you.) Recurrer then fits your laundry task into your daily list of tasks, balancing the recurring schedule of your laundry with the schedule of all your other recurring tasks. Clever, huh?
Recurrer isn’t just for small tasks either. Bigger projects can be broken down into smaller, recurring steps. Instead of one giant ‘write a novel’ task that you might vaguely aim to complete in a year or two, you instead ‘write a thousand words’ every one to three days, until you reap that best-seller windfall.
The more tasks you have in Recurrer, the better it becomes at realistically managing your daily workload. So that’s good news.
Learn how to:
- add a task
- complete a task
- edit a task
- star a task
- get help with a task
- delete a task
- search for a task
- manage your day
add a task
Add a new task to your list by pressing the ‘+’ button on the top right of the screen. A pop-up box will ask you for the name of the task, and your new task will be added to the ‘Starred’ section at the top of the list. Nothing could be simpler.
The new task will have a number of default options set, all of which you can edit later. We’re not the boss of you.
complete a task
Once you’ve completed a task on your list, tap it and a pop-up box will appear asking you how long it took to complete the task.
Enter the length of time it took (an estimate is fine, nobody will be auditing this). If you’re not sure how long you spent on it or can’t be bothered working it out, Recurrer will default to the average length of time it has taken you to complete the task previously.
The task will move into the ‘Done Today’ section of the list. The next day, it will begin its noble and inspirational march from the bottom of the list back to the top.
edit a task
When a task is added to the list, it comes with a default set of options. But not all tasks are created equal.
Tweak the details of each task by swiping right on it and selecting the ‘edit’ option. You can change the following details:
- The name of the task
- When the task was last completed
- How often the task recurs, broken down into three numbers:
- the preferred number of days after completing the task until you’ll want/need to do it again
- the minimum number of days (the earliest you could do it again) and
- the maximum number of days (the latest you could do it again)
- A one-off task indicator (because while Recurrer is designed primarily for recurring tasks, we’re not dogmatic jerks about it)
- How long the task usually takes to complete
- A ‘starred’ indicator to force the task to the top of the list (you can also swipe left to quickly star a task)
- A ‘snoozed’ indicator to force the task to the bottom of the list
- A link you can right-swipe to automatically open
- Notes for any further information you might want to keep on the task
Tweak to your heart’s content.
star a task
If there’s a task you absolutely need to get done urgently, swipe left. That’ll put a star on it and bump it to the top of the list.
That’s all. Don’t read any more. Get back to those urgent, starred tasks.
get help with a task
Sometimes there’s a task in your list and you’re not quite sure where to start. Or if you want to do it at all. That’s why if you swipe right on a task it will automatically take you to a Google search for the task name.
Who knows what will pop up? (Answer: Google does. That’s their job.) Maybe it’ll be a YouTube tutorial. Or a detailed listicle of instructions. Or a link to an expert who’ll do the task for you. Anything is possible.
(Note: if you’ve edited the task to include a link, the right swipe will instead take you to that link – we’re assuming by the time you add a link you know what you’re doing.)
delete a task
Usually when you complete a task, it moves to the bottom of the list and patiently waits its appropriate amount of time to recur again. But if you’re done with the task forevermore and never want to see it again, you can delete it with the third right-swipe option. Good riddance to fully completed rubbish.
You’ll be asked to confirm you really want to delete it. We don’t want any mistakes here.
search for a task
Stop wasting your precious human time and instead turn the searching over to Recurrer by pulling down to reveal the search bar at the top. Type in a few characters from the task name, link or notes and you’ll soon locate that unruly task.
manage your day
How many recurring tasks can you do in a day? It’s a great question, if we do say so ourselves. And it’s one that’s answered by the Recurrer settings, accessed via the gear button at the top left. On that screen you can change the following:
– Your finishing time for recurring tasks, which lets Recurrer know how much more time you have left in your day
– The amount of time to devote to recurring tasks, because not every minute of your working day will necessarily be devoted to the tasks in this list
– Whether you should be asked each morning how much time you want to devote to recurring tasks
The settings screen also lets you back up and restore your tasks to a text file, as well as unlock an unlimited number of tasks via an in-app payment (because while we’re here to help you sort out your tasks, we also need to eat).