I have a time based workflow rule that fires when TriggerUpdate1 is True. When it fires, two time dependent workflow actions are kicked off (they're part of the same rule, just two actions):

  1. At 1 Hour AFTER Contact: NextProcessDate

    a. Field Update the NextProcessDate to two weeks later (TODAY()+14)

    b. Field Update: TriggerUpdate1 = FALSE

  2. At 2 Hours AFTER Contact: NextProcessDate

    a. Field Update: TriggerUpdate2 = TRUE

(As you might have figured out, I have a second workflow rule that swaps the ones and twos above, so I have an automated date updating process)

My two questions are:

A. Will #2 execute? I've changed TriggerUpdate to equal FALSE in #1. On the one hand, I read in the FAQs that the the workflow rule will be in the queue and it should still execute (because workflow rules get re-evaluated before executing), on the other hand, not sure what "in the queue means" because #1 will have executed, does that mean #2 is shut down or still executed?

B. Will #2 execute because in #1 I've changed the NextProcessDate to 2 weeks later. Does NextProcessDate remain the same for the purposes of executing #2 or will the rule wait until 2 weeks later and then execute.

  • StartingAgain - why not mark your answer as the solution ? would help the rest of the community
    – cropredy
    Sep 18, 2014 at 0:39

2 Answers 2


Answering my own question, turns out the answer is Yes to both A and B. They both executed in my tests...


It depends on the criteria for the workflow rule.

  1. If Rule 2 is set to fire only IF TriggerUpdate1 is TRUE, then the time based workflow for Rule 2 will be canceled when TriggerUpdate1 is set to false by the First rule.

You can check the status of the time based queue by clicking setup -> Monitor -> Time Based workflows

  • Rule 2 doesn't exist. Both #1 and #2 are sub activities (i.e., time dependent workflow actions) under one rule. If there was a rule 2, agreed that would be the behavior. Does that change your answer at all or the same? Aug 13, 2014 at 3:16
  • If Rule 1 criteria is based on TriggerUpdate1 being true, then my answer still stands. The second time based workflow will be canceled when TriggerUpdate1 is set to false
    – Eric
    Aug 13, 2014 at 3:43
  • got it, thanks. yeah Rule 1 criteria has a requirement that TriggerUpdate1 is true. Working on testing it... Aug 13, 2014 at 5:49

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