Google Tasks has a recurrence feature that allows for a task to get recreated automatically on a certain interval. For example, the following task is configured repeat every Saturday:

It's important to understand how this feature works in general, and also how it interacts with Reclaim specifically.

Generally speaking, repeating tasks in Google Tasks will automatically create a new task on each due date for the previous task. This will continue until you find an instance of that task and turn off the repetition.

If you've done with to a task that is linked up to Reclaim, things can get a bit tricky. That's because each time the event resurfaces, Reclaim will see it as a brand new event. This can work well if you want a simple task that repeats on a regular basis and a Habit doesn't quite fit your needs.

But there are some downsides to be aware of:

  • If you aren't paying close attention, you might find yourself getting surprised with old tasks "popping back up" -- when in reality they are new tasks being cloned from an old task that got flagged for repetition. To fully kill off a repeating task, you can't just delete the task in Reclaim. You need to kill the repetition rule in Google Tasks, which you can only do if you mark the task is incomplete first.

  • You can't use the natural language capability to customize the task. That's because Reclaim cuts the text in the parenthesis out when it processes the first task, and then all subsequent tasks that get created won't have it. There is no workaround for this currently.

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