We’ve made some dramatic improvements in how we handle dates in Workflowy. This makes Workflowy a much better home for all your tasks – from tracking your individual work activities to managing an entire team’s projects. You can now effortlessly tag items using your preferred date format, set date ranges, quickly and visually adjust dates, and much more. We believe these upgrades drastically improve how Workflowy handles dates in general and provides a much smoother experience when used for task management and tracking.
So whether you’ve used date tags in the past or not, this upgrade makes it super easy to get started tagging items and make use of date tags in combination with searches to turn Workflowy into your main task management hub.
This bundle of date upgrades also lays the foundation for some really useful upcoming features, in particular those that will further improve how we handle tasks in Workflowy. We’ll have more to say about this in an upcoming update so without further ado, let’s get right into what’s new and improved.
We’ve added a comprehensive date picker that makes it super easy to set a date. We added some common options like “tomorrow” and “next week” to help new users discover and explore our natural language input. Next, we added a calendar widget that takes the guesswork out of setting a date, especially when it comes to dates far into the future. And finally, we added a range option that lets you create date tags that cover a range of dates.
‘!!’ date input shortcut
A new date picker’s great but we need an easy way to access it. The ‘!!’ shortcut lets us do just that. Just type the exclamation sign on an empty item or after an empty space if there’s already text to display the date picker. You can then click the date you want or start typing a natural language date like “in three weeks” and the calendar widget will update to show the appropriate date.
Custom date format
International users with sensible date formats rejoice. You can now choose from the most common date formats and even modify them if they’re not quite to your liking. You can also change the time format from 12 hours to 24 hours. Whenever you change the date or time formats, any date tags you already have will automatically update to reflect the change.
Sometimes you really just need to quickly remove a date tag with some satisfying flair. Now you can, by holding the Alt key on Windows or CMD key on Mac and clicking the date tag to send it to the shadow realm. That’s it, that’s the feature, but man is it satisfying.
Range support in date tags
Previously, you could search for date ranges but there was no way to tag an item with one. Now you can, either from the date picker by toggling “range” and picking a start and end date or by simply adding a dash “-” between two dates when typing them directly in Workflowy.
Add date slash command
For those that prefer to use the slash command for everything, we also have a new command to display the date picker. Using the “/date” command will let you set a date.
New date format – pill
Along with the technical upgrades, we’ve also decided to update the appearance of date tags to help them stand out and to make it clear you can click to modify them. Clicking these new tags will display the date picker where you can set a new date or remove the tag altogether.
Click a date to change it
You can now easily modify any date tag just by clicking it. Doing so will display the new date picker which you can then use to choose another date.
Just write “today”, “tomorrow” or anything else to add a date
You can use all kinds of natural language inputs to easily create date tags. Everything from “tomorrow“, “next thursday“, “oct 7” or even “in three days” will prompt a date suggestion that you can confirm and turn into a date tag. This is one of the quickest ways to create a date tag.
Changes we made based on your feedback
Thanks to everyone that shared their thoughts with us in the comments section while the update was in labs. Your feedback was invaluable and gave us a list of things we should keep in mind as we move forward with features that build on dates. Below are some of the specific pieces of feedback we’ve addressed before releasing the dates improvements to all our users.
- Alex, Luke
“DD.MM.YYYY should be a default date format option”
Added DD.MM.YYYY and YYYY-MM-DD as a default options in date formats picker
- Julie Hammers, Mark Simpson
“Complete dates should have strikethroughs”
Strikethroughs also apply to new date tags
- Matthieu, alienlebarge, Julien, Remko
“The keyboard shortcut is interfering with the French use of exclamation points”
Changed keyboard shortcut from ! to !!
- Arthur Zey, olaf, Otto, others
Formatting bug that caused date tags to display errors when a user set their own custom date format.
- Mark Simpson, Vaughn, others
Date picker used incorrect styling in certain Workflowy themes, causing parts of the interface to appear hidden.
- Christopher Allen, Mike McGee, 8080, others
Custom date formats were polluting the date format dropdown each time an edit was made.
Until the next one, peace out.