Automatically populate due date with end day in timeline

I would love to be able to set the timeline for a task and have the end date of the timeline automatically populated the due date for that task. Is this possible?

Hi @Caleb_Christensen! At the moment, there’s not a way to set an end date on the timeline but we are looking to add this capability. I’d love to understand your use case in more depth so we can understand how to best implement this in the future! Cheers!

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I would also be interested in this feature, we are managing using the timeline mostly but it would be ideal for the due date to automatically populate based on the end of the timeline period - which i turn is moved out but the dependencies.

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We love how timeline columns can be set to deadline mode and sync up with status – great way to plan out workloads over the week. I was bummed to see that the “due date” automations are unavailable to this method of working. Shouldn’t it be that due “due date” = End day of Timeline, for those that are set to deadline mode?

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I have a similar need! We use the timeline more as a reference and sync our final due date to status. I would love for the timeline to automatically calculate with the date the item was created as the start and final due date as end. This way, if the final due date changes, the timeline will change with it.

Ex: Today I input a request for a flyer due March 5th. The timeline would populate from Feb 25-March 5. I then change the due date to March 20, and the timeline automatically updates to reflect that final due date without changing the start date.

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I have a similar need without automation that can be associated with the timeline, the Due Date has to be used. Without some sort of logic you find yourself adding these in 1 by 1.

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I agree that automation of the timeline, or using it as a reference point for dashboards/views would be great. Currently it’s quite annoying to have to select the start/end date of a timeline to add a few days to the end.
Ideally there would be an automation that could pull data from a Date field and auto-populate/update the timeline column with this information.

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all of this great input.

While the automations aren’t able to automatically input dates within the timeline at this time, there are a few functions I do want to mention that may be helpful in a few of the scenarios you’ve described:

  • Any automation including “set date” can be set up to automatically input dates into your Date columns. You can find these by searching “set date” in the automation center!
  • We have a few dependency automations that would enable you to adjust existing dates in a timeline or a date column based on changes made in another timeline or date column of the same item. You can find these under the Dependency category in the automation center.

I know these functions will not fit for some cases, and I definitely see the value in being able to automatically set dates within the Timeline column. This is a request that our team is aware of, and we’ll be sure to share updates as we have more information!