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How to automate a "wait time" step before the next action


Our team wants to set up an automation that looks like:

  • When a Card moves to the "Complete" column:
    • Wait 30 Days
    • Archive this Card

And that's it. 

How can we achieve this?



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Felix Atlassian Team Aug 10, 2021

Hey @Gigi 


there's not really a 'wait' functionality, but we do something similar to this, where we make a new list every month, and automatically archive old lists. I wrote up how to do this here:



Hi @Felix 

Thank you! We are giving this a try. It looks promising!

I tried this; it didn't work. I got this message this morning:


Screen Shot 2021-09-01 at 9.38.35 AM.png

Can you help me figure out what went wrong?

Thank you.

Felix Atlassian Team Sep 01, 2021

If you click through that notification, it should take you to the Butler command log, and tell you why the rule failed to run successfully.

My first guess would be that Butler could not find a list named (exactly) "Complete 2021-08" to archive, or a list named "Complete" to rename.

Like Gigi likes this

You are correct! The instructions didn't indicate we needed a list that has the date in it to start out. I will try it again real quick with the renamed Complete list (Complete 2021-08), and let you know.

How do I run the Butler command with the press of a button? 

Hi @Felix –

Thanks again for your reply. I found the little rocketship. Now, this Butler command is giving me this error:

Screen Shot 2021-09-01 at 10.04.43 AM.png


What does this mean; do we need two complete columns, one dated and the other non-dated? Maybe I have these steps out of order?

Should "Create a new list named Complete" be before "Rename list 'Complete' to 'Complete {date-1d~YYYY-MM}'"? I followed the instructions regarding step placement.

Screen Shot 2021-09-01 at 10.08.30 AM.png

Thank you.


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