Skip to main content

Date-based scheduling

In Lunatask, you can use date-based scheduling to move the task out of sight until it becomes actionable. To do this, open the task detail and click on the option to schedule the task. The popup appears where you select a future date using the calendar or by typing the date — our natural language parser will do its best to interpret the date.

Date-based scheduling


No need to open task detail to schedule tasks for a future date. Simply select any task in the list and press S – the scheduling window will now appear. Learn more about our keyboard shortcuts.

When task task is scheduled for a future date, it automatically gets Later status and moves to the bottom of the list. Our lists are always sorted with the most actionable tasks on the top and least actionable on the bottom (see Prioritization).

When the date comes, Lunatask will show the task in a special section at the top of the list (named "coming up") to bring your attention back to it and for you to decide what to do with the task. You can then move it to Next or Must, or schedule it again for a future date.

Date-based scheduling - coming up section


Tasks are not meant to stay in the "coming up" section. Instead, you can think of this section as a notification area – go over each task and move it where it now fits your plans.

App icon and menu badges

Depending on your menu badge configuration, you can be notified of coming up tasks using the badge on the area the task belongs to, and on the app icon itself. When you sign up, badges are configured to show the number of due or coming up tasks. You can change this in the settings.

Learn more in our article dedicated to badges and notifications.


Does Lunatask support deadlines?

No, Lunatask currently does not support end dates or deadlines. Please, treat the date as the start date (or date on which to decide what to do with the task, i.e. a deferred date) when scheduling tasks for the future.