Routines

Can I have a really specific repeat pattern, for things on the first of the month etc?

We have monthly and bi-weekly scheduling coming now, and we’re working on a few more things for after that.

On the other hand, if there’s stuff you absolutely, positively need to do on a certain day of the year, then that probably belongs in your calendar. HomeRoutines isn’t intended to nag you about particular appointments.

How do I schedule a seasonal routine?

In Home Routines you first create a routine, then schedule it afterwards, rather than selecting a calendar day or month to place it on like a calendar event.

Just create a new routine (e.g., “Holiday tasks”) then open it.

At the very bottom of your task list, below the regular scheduling stuff, there is a sort of doughnut icon which says “Show in every month”. Just touch that row, and you will be able to select a set of months for the routine to be displayed.

This works in conjunction with any other routine schedule; for example, you can have a bi-weekly routine which is only shown in January and February.

If you schedule a routine reminder, it will be active on every day the routine is shown.

On the Home screen, you can use the All/Today button in the top left corner to toggle between the list of routines you have scheduled for today, and a list of all your routines.

How do I schedule a routine for a different day?

In Home Routines you first create a routine, then schedule it afterwards, rather than selecting a calendar day to place it on like an event.

You can create routines for different days of the week, or use a bi-weekly or monthly pattern. Just create a new routine (e.g., “Wednesday Mornings”) then open it. Then touch the routine schedule icon at the bottom of the task list. It looks like a little calendar, and probably says something like “Show every day” at the moment. Once you touch the routine schedule, you can go on to select a routine type – weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or manual – and the days you would like the routine to appear and reset.

If you schedule a routine reminder, it will be active on every day the routine is shown. This page of the help has a guide to the different schedule choices:

http://www.homeroutines.com/using-homeroutines/schedule-routines/

On the Home screen, you can use the All/Today button in the top left corner to toggle between the list of routines you have scheduled for today, and a list of all your routines.

Can I set up individual tasks as recurring, e.g. every six weeks from completion?

No, HomeRoutines doesn’t offer that feature yet, although we do plan to add it.

How do I keep a record of when I last completed a task?

We don’t retain a history of accomplishments at the moment. Partly this is by design, e.g., once you’ve mopped your floor, it’s mopped, it doesn’t matter if you didn’t do it at some point in the past. But we are thinking about ways to keep a history of the positive side of accomplishments in future.