[Status: Not planned] Improve how Recurring tasks work

Greetings!

I must confess that of all the many, awesome features in Wrike, recurring tasks is probably the one I'm most underwhelmed by. One of the tools that we came from was Asana, which falls short in so many ways, but handles recurring tasks very well.

I was bummed the first time I created a recurring task and found that Wrike simply created a task for every single instance. There's one task that we do every month, for example, for the foreseeable future. First, I realized I couldn't simply have it recur indefinitely. Then, after setting it to 5 years, I realized I'd created this monster list which ate all the other tasks, visually.

I understand this would likely require back-end changes, but please consider changing how recurring tasks work. Here's a couple thoughts:

  • Make it a single task marked as a recurring task (bringing things like description and comments to a single place)
  • Allow for a task to recur indefinitely. Since it's just a single task, no problem!
  • Instead of a task being daily or weekly or monthly or yearly, allow a user to define multiple recurrence rules, providing the flexibility for more bizarre schedules

Being a task attribute, I believe it would also lend itself to open support for recurring subtasks as well.

Hope this helps! :)

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Hi folks, that's correct, as Elaine mentioned above, this suggestion will be reviewed again in the future, but for now, it remains not planned. I'm sorry you're disappointed. Please let me know if there's anything else I can help you with. 

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As with a similar post to this one, it continues to be ignored by Wrike dev team. This one for 5 years now; the other post for 2 1/2 years. So disappointing that Wrike continues to fail its users by not addressing the requests.

This post has 71 followers and has been upvoted 144 times and is 5 years old. What more does it take to get these requests addressed? 

I guess it's way more important to add the Invite link to the Create button (green "+" button), which is unnecessary in my opinion, than it is to improve the features that have functional weaknesses. 

 

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts here Jason Pontius! I understand your sentiment here as this suggestion is indeed popular. Unfortunately, as you may know, our team can't commit to work on every idea posted on the Community. However, I've flagged this post with the Product team again, and although there are no concrete plans at the moment, there might be some updates for recurring tasks in the future. 

We'll be sharing any news here on the Community 👍

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 Jason Pontius - Please refer to my post last March.  There was an effort in 2020/2021 to assess this. At the end of the day this is a Design issue.  From my understanding there would have to be a major restructuring to fix this.  One that we (Mark TuggleElla FlansburgEvan Rakowski) and many other have been asking for for years.  If this functionality is vital, you will probably have to look to a different tool; because at this point, I don't think this will ever be addressed by Wrike. I do wish they would just tell us that it is not going to be added.

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Scott Harris  I revisited your posts last year. I believe I was one of the people that was surveyed/interviewed regarding this topic. I have had a number of calls with Wrike discussing feedback, improvements, frustration points, etc. but I have given up since it's a waste of my time. None of my feedback (which often reflects feedback from others as well) has been addressed that I can recall.

We really don't know if the "technical obstacles" on this issue are related to overall system architecture or more a priority on where they want to assign their resources. They never really tell us anything, as you pointed out, regarding the future. It's always "not on the road map" but never say if it ever will be addressed or when, or why something isn't possible. Best you can hope for is that someday they may decide to work on it.

 

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Hi Jason Pontius, we're sorry to hear that you feel as though there's a lack of information being shared in relation to this. As we mentioned previously after the research was completed, plans for this changed due to the findings and the team won't be working on this in the immediate future. 
 
However, although the status here remains the same for now, our team does plan to revisit this topic this year. They are planning to research potential updates for Wrike’s Automation that can help us improve how recurring tasks currently work and we'll be sure to update the thread when we have more information to share on this. 
 
Although the feedback you mention sharing with the Product team may not have resulted in any changes, I can assure you that this feedback is vital for our team and their planning and it is so appreciated. It's this feedback and input that helps us to shape the future of Wrike. 
 
We'll be sure to keep you posted here on updates and if you need anything in the meantime, please let me know. 

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That's a bummer that this isn't something the team is looking at improving. I'm in the same boat with all of the other great features Wrike has, the recurring feature is the most underwhelming. We have a lot of recurring tasks every week/month, but when I set it up I realized that it didn't duplicate over subtasks which is a huge disappointment.

Is there a reasoning behind that?? Those are part of the template, so why it not duplicate the entire thing over?

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Hey Brittany Stringer, the reason for this is other planned updates that we'll be announcing on the Community in the coming months. I understand that this suggestion here is important to everyone in this thread. We continue passing on the feedback here, and if we have an update on recurring tasks in the future, we'll let you know. 

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