Natural language processing for dates and times

ClickUp can interpret dates and times using natural language.

You can use natural language to:

What you'll need

  • Natural language processing is available on all ClickUp plans.
  • Guests can use natural language processing.

Natural language behavior

To use natural language, click into a date field in ClickUp and start typing.

As you type, you'll see the acceptable date and time options appear in a dropdown menu.

Press Return or Enter to accept the validated date and time.

Screenshot setting a due date on a task.

Setting dates and times on tasks defaults to the future. For example, on July 10th you enter July 9. The date picker displays July 9 next year.

If you type in a time, such as 8 am or lunch, that's already passed, the suggested date is tomorrow.

To determine ambiguous dates we use your personal date format preferences and the order you typed the date in.

For example, if your date format is mm/dd/yyyy and you enter 1/1/2024, the date will be set to January 1, 2024.

We override your date format preference if it's clear that the number isn't a valid month. For example, if your date format is mm/dd/yyyy and you enter 24/10/2024, the date will be set to October 24, 2024.

Natural language options

You can combine most natural language options to set both a date and time. The following table outlines some of the available options and examples.

Natural language phrase Result Example

Relative dates:

  • Tod or Today
  • Tom or Tomorrow
  • Yesterday
  • Last Friday
  • Next week
  • 5 days ago

  • 2 Fridays from now


Relative times:

  • Later
  • Later today
In 2 hours. It's 8 am. The time will display 10 am.

Complete date/time stamps:

  • Sat Aug 17 2023 18:40:39 GMT+0900 (JST)
  • 2023-11-30T08:15:30-05:30
  • d
  • days
  • w
  • wk
  • week
  • mo
  • month
  • y
  • yrs
  • years
  • m
  • mins
  • minutes
Minutes, or months when setting start or due dates on tasks.  
  • h
  • hrs
  • hours
Morning 8 am  
Noon or lunch 12 pm  
Afternoon 2 pm  
Evening 5 pm  
Yesterday Yesterday  
Later this week In 2 days. It's Tuesday. The date is set to Thursday.
This weekend This Saturday  
Next weekend The Saturday after next  
Next week Next Monday  
Next month The 1st of next month  
Next year January 1st of next year  
  • @
  • at
At a particular time Today @ 2pm.
No weekends Use this phrase with a relative date to skip Saturdays and Sundays Today is Thursday. You enter the phrase in 2 days no weekends. The date is set to Monday.
4-digit times such as 1530 24-hour time 1530 sets the time as 3:30 pm.


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